Environmental decision-making is a complex endeavour requiring consideration of a broad spectrum of environmental, economic and social factors. Environmental decisions science is a rapidly developing field of research applying decisions science thinking to solve environmental problems. Where, when and how problems can be addressed to achieve best value for the money and resources available are provided, along with options to enhance stakeholder support. In her talk, Professor Kerrie Wilson will describe examples of best practice restoration planning and prioritization approaches involving formal processes of objective setting involving stakeholder groups with varying values and priorities. This body of research has facilitated transparent and inclusive establishment of restoration objectives and plans, and is applicable across terrestrial, marine, freshwater and coastal realms. Kerrie will also present findings of a recent study examining influence of environmental policies and regulations on land clearing behaviour in the State of Queensland. The study demonstrates the importance of understanding varying biophysical, institutional and motivational factors that determine spatio-temporal patterns of clearing to better assess the effects of policy.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite.
There will be an hour talk followed by a panel discussion and light refreshments.
About the speaker:
Kerrie is a UQ Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Research Fellow, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Deputy Associate Dean Research (Engagement and Impact) and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. She holds a degree in environmental science from UQ and obtained her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2004 in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge.Her research interests include solving applied conservation resource allocation problems, analysing the socio-political and institutional factors that influence investment success in conservation, and quantifying the benefits of conservation investments. Kerrie’s research contributions have been acknowledged through several national and international awards, including an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher, the 2016 Prime Minister’s Frank Fenner Life Scientist Prize, the 2017 Australian Academy of Sciences Nancy Millis Award, and the 2017 Mahathir Science Foundation Award from the Malaysian Academy of Sciences.