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Rebecca Colvin

Lecturer; Environment, Resources & Development


Bachelor of Environmental Management (Natural Systems & Wildlife), Honours 1, Valedictorian, 2012, The University of Queensland

PhD (Environmental Management), 2017, The University of Queensland

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Bec Colvin is a social scientist and Lecturer with the Resources, Environment & Development Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Bec’s research interest is in how groups of people interact with each other - especially in settings of social and political conflict - with regard to climate and environmental issues. Much of this work has a focus on the dynamics of formalised processes for including citizens and stakeholders in decision-making, and leverages on perspectives from social psychology, especially social identity, to understand the complexities of people and process.

Recent research projects have included the study of conflict about wind energy development, the psychological underpinnings of a constructive governance regime for negative emissions, the role of trust between climate researchers and policy-makers, and the relationship between aggregate public opinion and conflict in environmental messaging.

Before joining the ANU in 2017, Bec undertook a PhD and lectured with The University of Queensland.

Research interests

Interactions between values, identity, ideology, and framings in shaping attitudes toward climate and environmental issues.

Social & political conflict about climate and environmental issues.

Governance and social dimensions of negative emissions technologies.

Social impacts of energy development, with a focus on wind and unconventional gas.

Community and stakeholder engagement process dynamics.


EMDV8007: Environmental Policy & Communications

EMDV8102: Research Methods for Environmental Management

EMDV8014: Research in Climate Change Policy and Economics

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