Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Alvin hails from Fiji Islands, and has over a decade of practitioner experience on climate change and sustainable development issues from local to international levels. He has worked for Caritas Swiss and Oxfam Australia as Senior Advisor, where he provided high-level technical and advisory support to international climate change programs and strategies in Africa, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining Oxfam, Alvin worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). While at the UNDP, he was largely involved in implementing UN’s Sustainable Development policies, alongside UNDP’s Climate Change Strategy across the Pacific Islands. He has assisted with the development of some leading Global Environment Facility initiatives in the Pacific Islands such as the Regional Integrated Water Resources and Sustainable Land Management programmes. He is a research fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland.

Experience

  • –present
    Doctoral Researcher - Climate Sciences and Resilience, The University of Queensland

Education

  • 2017 
    The University of Queensland , PhD Climate Sciences, Agriculture and International Development
  • 2010 
    The University of Lund, Masters of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (Distinction)
  • 2010 
    The University of Manchester, Master of Sciences (Distinction)

Publications

  • 2016
    How might adaptation to climate change by smallholder farming communities contribute to climate change mitigation outcomes? A case study from Timor-Leste, Southeast Asia, Sustainability Science
  • 2015
    Deconstructing vulnerability and adaptation in a coastal river basin ecosystem: a participatory analysis of flood risk in Nadi, Fiji Islands, Climate and Development
  • 2011
    Convention on Biological Diversity: a review of national challenges and opportunities for implementation, Biodiversity and Conservation
  • 2011
    A Deliberate Inclusive Policy (DIP) Approach for Coastal Resources Governance: A Fijian Perspective, Coastal Management

Professional Memberships

  • Charted Climate Change Specialist, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand