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Celeste Young

Collaborative Research Fellow, Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC), Victoria University

Celeste is a transdisciplinary researcher who produces high impact, fit for purpose, end user focused research. She specializes in collaborative research with multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary research teams. Her areas of research are systemic risk and decision making, collaborative governance and policy, diversity and inclusion, organisational change and transformation and risk management.

Since joining Victoria university in 2011, Celeste has led research commissioned by, Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC, City of Melbourne, Victorian Centre of Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), Department of Environment Water Land and Planning (Vic) and Department of Transport (Vic), The Rail Manufacturing Rail CRC and The National Transport Commission. She is currently a Convener of the Risk, Disaster and Resilience network at Victoria University.

Her methodology “working from the inside out” undertakes systemic assessments and embeds research into decision-making systems as part of a co-designed process. Her research is used by practitioners, trainers and researchers in Australia and overseas and has been featured in both state and federal government policy. She has also advised into government in relation to end user based research and climate change communication and future workforce capability.

Since 2011 Celeste has led and co-authored over 70 papers, reports and articles and was a Contributing Author to the IPCC Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report Chapter - Foundations of Decision Making. She has been invited to present her work at key institutions including: Oxford University, the Commonwealth Government of Australia, the City of Melbourne and the EU funded Impressions Project.

Celeste’s career spans the educational, arts, public and private sector. Formerly she was an Executive Officer for the Western Alliance of Greenhouse Action, a Stakeholder Coordinator for the VCCCAR, a consultant for government and research institutes and a Quality officer at BAE Systems and also a consultant. She also has over 30 years’ experience as a communications professional and has worked as a business manager and practitioner in the arts.


  • –present
    Collaborative Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University


Vice Chancellor's Award Citation Engagement 2021