Celeste Young is Collaborative Research Fellow at Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University. She is a sustainability/climate change professional and researcher who works as a communication and operational specialist with a particular interest in innovation and the use of creative and business processes to assist adaptation.
Her primary work is trans-disciplinary and focuses on addressing end user needs. Her key area of research and practice is risk, stakeholder engagement, implementation and integration of new knowledge into decision making. She has worked across diverse stakeholders in the public and private sector including: BAE Systems, the Western Alliance For Greenhouse Action (WAGA), the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) , Victoria University, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and the State Government of Victoria.
She currently she is a researcher and project manager for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale.
She has developed a number of highly successful programs including, Council Connections which was featured in the State Adaptation Plan (2013) . Her awards include: Highly Commended Poster, NCCARF (2014), Best Overall Poster NCCARF (2012), University of Melbourne, Vice Chancellor's Staff Engagement Excellence Award 2014, (VCCCAR group award), and BAE Performance Recognition Award 2009.