Bec Colvin is a social scientist and senior lecturer with the Resources, Environment & Development Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Bec researches the social and political dimensions of contentious issues associated with climate policy and energy transition. Her research is focused on understanding the complexity of how different people and groups engage with social, policy, and political conflict about climate and energy issues, particularly through the theoretical lens of the social identity approach. She has explored conflict about wind energy, coal seam gas, coal, and climate policy and energy transition more broadly, in settings ranging from the public sphere through to local communities.
At the Crawford School of Public Policy, Bec teaches courses on environmental communication, quantitative social research methods, independent research on climate change, and is Co-Convener of the Master of Climate Change and Convenor of the Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy.
Social & political conflict about climate and environmental issues.
Interactions between identity, values, and ideology, in shaping attitudes toward climate and environmental issues.
Social experiences of energy transition & development, with a focus on wind, coal, and unconventional gas.
Effective communication on climate change and environmental issues.
Community and stakeholder engagement process dynamics.
Co-Convenor, Master of Climate Change
Convenor, Graduate Certificate of Climate Policy
EMDV8007: Communicating for Environment and Climate Policy
EMDV8102: Research Methods for Environmental Management
EMDV8014: Research in Environmental and Climate Policy