Dr Elizabeth Boulton

PhD, Masters Environment; MBA; BaArts (Hons)
Honorary Lecturer (Level B)

My professional background is almost equally divided between work in emergency logistics (as an Australian Army Logistics Officer and with NGOs in Africa) and in the climate science and policy sector.

I have worked as a consultant on sustainable transport and logistics for local and State goverments; on community wind-farm projects, and in stakeholder engagement, liaison and project management roles within the climate / enviro science sector.

Internationally, I have worked in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan); the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

My research and writing work covers climate-security and framing, but I also explore leadership and teamwork in the context of changing socio-cultural trends.

Research interests

My Doctorate research investigated the notion of framing climate and environmental change as a threat. Drawing upon eco-philosopher Timothy Morton's "Hyperobject" notion, it develops the idea that CEC equates to a new type of threat - a hyperthreat. I develop a new conceptual framework for security in the Anthropocene, called 'Entangled Security' and a concept for a 'hyper-response'.

I also investigate new approaches to transdisciplinary sense-making, especially the fusion of 'old' and 'new' forms of scholarship, the Humanities and the sciences.


Boulton, E., (forthcoming). 'The Gender Dimension', in Blaxland, J. (ed.) Niche Wars: Australia in Afghanistan & Iraq,2001-2014, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia.

Boulton, E.G. (2018). 'Climate Change as a Hyperthreat', in Australian Contributions to Strategic and Military Geography, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 69-90.

Boulton, E. G., (2017). Teaming: An Introduction to Gender Studies, Unshackling Human Talent and Optimising Military Capability for the Coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050, Australian Army, Canberra, Australia.

Boulton, E. (2016). "Climate change as a ‘hyperobject’: a critical review of Timothy Morton's reframing narrative." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 7(5): pp.772-785.

Boulton, E., A. Watkins and D. Perry (2012). “A user-centred design approach to the Seasonal Climate Outlook.” Climate ExChange. World Meteorological Organization, F. Lúcio and T. Avellán. U.K., Tudor Rose: 232-235.


Blogs / Articles / Submissions:

Boulton, E.G. (2020). ‘Book Review: ‘Here, There are Dragons’ by Witness J,’ Medium.

Boulton, E.G. (2020). Australian bushfires: We need a post-human disaster response, Medium.

Boulton, E.G. (2019). 'Telling the story of climate change: threat or emergency, and does it matter?,' The Power to Persuade, Canberra, Australia, 29 October 2019

Boulton, E.G. (2018). ‘The new socio-cultural world of 2020-2050: What might it mean for militaries?’ The Wavell Room, UK

Boulton, E.G. (2017). Submission 47, Senate Inquiry into Implications of Climate Change for Australia's Security, Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee, Parliament of Australia, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2017). A Case Study: the Liberian Wars, The Cove, Australian Army, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2016). "How Climate Scientists Cut Through a Political log-jam of Gigantic Proportions,The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, Australia. (www.lowyinterpreter.org)

Boulton, E. (2016). "It’s time for a new age of Enlightenment: why climate change needs 60,000 artists to tell its story." The Conversation, Australia, 8th June 2016