Dr Carina Wyborn

Research Fellow, The Institute for Water Futures

E: carina.wyborn@anu.edu.au

 

"What makes me excited about working at IWF is the opportunity to work with a broad range of scientists, decision-makers, community members, and Traditional Owners, to envision desirable water futures for Australia and the Asia-pacific region."

 

About:

Dr Carina Wyborn is an interdisciplinary social scientist with background in science and technology studies, and human ecology. She works at the intersection of science, policy, and practice, where she is interested in understanding how decisions are made in complex and contested environmental management challenges. Carina is particularly interested in the capacities that enable future-oriented decision making, and the methods and practice that are used to support decision-making in the context of uncertainty. After completing her PhD at the ANU in 2012, Carina has been working internationally, in the United States, Colombia and Switzerland, working with government and non-government organisations on climate adaptation, wildfire governance, and biodiversity conservation. Carina holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award, which involves research on foresight practices and anticipatory governance to identify methods that enable stakeholders to negotiate shared pathways for action in water reform in the Murray Darling Basin.

From Carina:

Understanding how to make decisions today that consider changes that may unfold in 50-100 years into the future is a pressing challenge. In some cases, we have good scientific information about those changes, in others, we really don’t, which means that we need to use our imagination to consider what changes may unfold, and what consequences they may have, and most importantly, what values we, as a society, want to maintain into the future. There is obviously a politics to all of this, because what is desired is often contested, as is the way that people understand what changes are taking place, and what is driving them. What makes me excited about working at IWF is the opportunity to work with a broad range of scientists, decision-makers, community members, and Traditional Owners, to develop creative approaches that draw on diverse knowledge to engage with this politics to envision desirable water futures for Australia and the Asia-pacific region.”

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