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Lecturer and Research Fellow, School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences. Coordinator, Education for Sustainability Tasmania, University of Tasmania

Chloe began her career as a documentary researcher and producer for the BBC. After a stint as a divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef, she moved to Australia in 2002, and worked as an environmental communications consultant before training as a social scientist.

Chloe's career has focused on ways to improve communication about climate and environmental issues across all sections of society. Her research explores the social dimensions of climate change. She has investigated the values and experiences underlying unconcern and polarisation about climate change, and identified pathways to more empathetic and inclusive climate conversations. Her recent work focusses on how policy and cultural context drives social adaptation to extreme weather events including bushfires and floods.


  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Tasmania


  • 2018 
    University of Tasmania, PhD, Geography
  • 2003 
    James Cook University, Master of Applied Science Natural Resource Management
  • 1997 
    University of Edniburgh, Master of Arts English Literature


  • 2018
    Lucas CH, Concerning values: What underlies public polarisation about climate change? , Geographical Research 56(3): 298–310.
  • 2018
    Lucas CH and Warman RD, Disrupting polarised discourses: Can we get out of the ruts of environmental conflicts?, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 36(6): 987–1005.
  • 2018
    Lucas CH and Davison A, Not 'getting on the bandwagon': When climate change is a matter of unconcern, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space
  • 2015
    Lucas C, Leith P and Davison A, How climate change research undermines trust in everyday life: a review. , Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 6(1): 79–91.

Professional Memberships

  • International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)