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Professor, Urban Design and Town Planning, Co-director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

Prof Baldwin specialises in using participatory and visual methods to research institutional and social-environmental change on topics as diverse as water allocation and coastal planning and climate change adaptation as well as affordable housing, and all-ability and age-friendly communities. She has published over 56 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her co-edited book 'Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and its Neighbours' (2020) provides recommendations of how to deal with vulnerability, planning and emergency management. Her book, 'Integrated Water Planning: Achieving Sustainable Outcomes' (2014) is based around the need for appropriate evidenced-based water planning in developed and developing countries. Her project Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland (www.usc.edu.au/seniorliving), won the 2012 Planning Institute of Australia (Qld), Excellence Award for Cutting Edge Research and Teaching, and the International Association of Public Participation Australasian 2013 Core value award for participatory research. she was awarded Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia in 2019, in recognition of her service to the profession, through contributing to ‘standards of competency, knowledge of members through education, training and research, and promoting the exchange of information and views in the community relating to planning issues and sustainable use of land’.

Dr Baldwin's Phd from University of Queensland was on 'Consensus-building in water allocation'. She has been a chief investigator on over 25 grants regarding coastal governance, water allocation, planning for seniors and disability, and community engagement. Prior to joining academia in 2006, Claudia worked for over 25 years in land-use and environmental policy and planning in federal and state governments as well as in consulting both within Australia and overseas. As a result she has an interdisciplinary and cross sectoral background related to both social and environmental aspects of planning. She also led a multi-university team to improve experiential learning in planning schools across Australia.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2006–2019
    Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Queensland, PhD Environmental Planning

Publications

  • 2020
    Bonney, Murphy A, Baldwin C, Hansen B, 2020, ‘Citizen Science in Australia’s Waterways: Investigating Linkages with Catchment Decision-making, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. ,
  • 2020
    Lukasiewicz A and Baldwin C (ed.), 2020. Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and its Neighbours, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, Singapore. ISBN 978- 981-15-0465-5,
  • 2020
    Cheevapattananuwong P, Baldwin C, Lathouras A, and Ike N. 2020, Social Capital in Community Organiszing for Land Protection and Food Security’, Land, 1-18.,
  • 2019
    Baldwin C, Dendle K and McKinlay A, 2019, ‘Initiating Senior Co-housing: People, Place and Long-term Security, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, published online.,
  • 2019
    Raikes J, Smith T, Jacobson C, Baldwin C, 2019. ‘Pre-disaster planning and preparedness for floods and droughts: a systematic review’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 38: 1-9 ,
  • 2019
    Baldwin C, Marshall G, Ross H, Cavaye J, Stephenson J, Carter L, Freeman C, Curtis A, Syme G, 2019, ‘Hybrid neoliberalism: implications for sustainable development’, Society and Natural Resources, 32(5): 566–587. ,
  • 2019
    Frolich, M, Smith T, Jacobson C, Fidelman P, Carter B, Baldwin C. 2019 (in press). Towards Adaptive coastal management: Lessons from a “legal storm” in Byron Shire, Australia, Ocean and Coastal Management,
  • 2018
    Baldwin C and Stafford L, 2018, ‘The Role of Social Infrastructure in Achieving Inclusive Liveable Communities: Voices from Regional Australia’, Planning Practice and Research, 34 (1): 18-46 ,
  • 2018
    Stafford L and Baldwin C, 2018, ‘Planning walkable neighbourhoods: Are we overlooking diversity in abilities and ages?’ Journal of Planning Literature, 33(1): 17-30.,
  • 2017
    Baldwin C, Smith T, and Jacobson C, 2017, 'Love of the Land: Social-ecological connectivity of rural landholders', Journal of Rural Studies, 51: 37-52. (IF2.2) ,
  • 2017
    McKinlay A, Baldwin C, and Stevens N, 2017, ‘Size matters: dwelling size as a critical factor for sustainable urban development’, Urban Policy and Research, 37 (2): 135-150,
  • 2017
    Ike N, Baldwin C, and Lathouras A, 2017, ‘Optimising Tertiary Student Accommodation within University Neighbourhoods', Articulo- Journal of Urban Research, published online http://articulo.revues.org/3243 (free access),
  • 2017
    Ike N, Baldwin C, and Lathouras A, 2017, ‘Optimising Tertiary Student Accommodation within University Neighbourhoods', Articulo- Journal of Urban Research, published online http://articulo.revues.org/3243 (free access),
  • 2017
    Lyth A, Baldwin C, Davidson A, Fidelman P, Booth K, Osborne C, 2017, 'Valuing Third Sector Sustainability Organisations – Qualitative Contributions to Systemic Social Transformation', Local Environment, 22(1):1-21 ,
  • 2017
    16. Osborne C, Baldwin C, Thomsen D, Woolcock G, 2017, ‘The unheard voices of youth in urban planning: using social capital as a theoretical lens on the Sunshine Coast’, Children’s Geographies, 15(3) 349-361. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2016.1249822,
  • 2017
    Baldwin C, Smith T, and Jacobson C, 2017, 'Love of the Land: Social-ecological connectivity of rural landholders', Journal of Rural Studies, 51: 37-52. (IF2.2) Open access via https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0743016717300505,
  • 2017
    Lukasiewicz, A and Baldwin C, 2017, 'Voice, power and history: Ensuring social justice for all stakeholders in water decision-making', Local Environment, 22:9, 1042-1060. DOI:10.1080/13549839.2014.942261 ,
  • 2016
    Sousa Júnior W, Baldwin C, Camkin J, Fidelman P, Silva O, Neto S and Smith T. 2016, ‘Water: drought, crisis and governance in Australia and Brazil’, Water,,
  • 2016
    Davidson, J. L., C. Jacobson, A. Lyth, A. Dedekorkut-Howes, C. L. Baldwin, J. C. Ellison, N. J. Holbrook, M. J. Howes, S. Serrao-Neumann, L. Singh-Peterson and T. F. Smith. 2016. ‘Interrogating resilience: toward a typology to improve its operationalization’. Ecology and Society 21 (2):27. (IF2.8) [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss2/art27/,
  • 2016
    Lewison R, Rudd M, Al-Hayek W, Baldwin C, Beger M, Lieske S, Jones C, Satumanatpan S, Chalatip J, Hines E, 2016, ' How the DPSIR framework can be used for structuring problems and facilitating empirical research in coastal systems ' Environmental Science and Policy, 56: 110-119.,
  • 2016
    Serrao-Neumann S, Davidson J, Baldwin C, Dedekorkut-Howes A, Ellison J, Holbrook N, Howes M, Jacobson C, Morgan E, 2016, 'Marine governance to avoid tipping points: can we adapt the adaptability envelope?' Marine Policy, 65: 56-67,
  • 2015
    Grant B, Baldwin C, Lieske S, Martin K, 2015, 'Using participatory visual methods for information exchange about climate risk in canal estate communities', Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, vol 7(1): 23-37, ,
  • 2015
    Baldwin C and Hamstead M, 2015, Integrated Water Resource Planning: Achieving Sustainable Outcomes, Earthscan from Routledge, London. ISBN 978-0-415-83548-0 ,
  • 2014
    Curtis A, Ross H, Marshall G, Baldwin C, Cavaye J, Freeman C, Carr A. and Syme G, 2014, 'The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(2): 175-199.,
  • 2014
    Sjah T and Baldwin C, 2014, 'Options for future effective water management in Lombok: a multi-level nested framework', Journal of Hydrology, vol 519 pt C: 2448-2455. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.07.006 ,
  • 2012
    Baldwin C and Ross H, 2012, ‘Bridging Troubled Waters: applying consensus-building techniques to water planning’ Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal, 25(3), 217-234.,
  • 2012
    Baldwin C, Tan P-L, White I, Hoverman S, and Burry K, 2012, 'How scientific knowledge informs community understanding of groundwater', Journal of Hydrology, vol 474, p 74-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.06.006,
  • 2012
    Mooney C, Baldwin C, Tan P-L, Mackenzie J, 2012, 'Transparency and trade-offs in water planning', Journal of Hydrology. vol 474, p 66-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.06.040,
  • 2012
    Tan P-L, Baldwin C, White I, Burry K, 2012, 'Water planning in the Condamine Alluvium, Queensland: sharing information and eliciting views in a context of overallocation'. Journal of Hydrology, vol 474, p 38- 46,
  • 2010
    Baldwin C and Uhlmann V, 2010, ‘Accountability in Planning for Sustainable Water Supplies in South East Queensland’ Australian Planner, vol 47 (3): 191-202.,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Noosa Rural Enterprise Plan Research’
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Noosa Biosphere Reserve
  • 2018
    Investigating social acceptance for the wild catch commercial fishing industry of Southeast Queensland
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • 2017
    Innovative Housing Solutions for Aging in Place in Maleny
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program
  • 2016
    'Mobility and inclusion of all ages and all abilities in neighbourhoods
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    USC
  • 2016
    Perception and communication of flood risk: comparison of Beijing and SEQ
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    ISS, Beijing
  • 2015
    Justice, Fairness and Equity in Natural Resource Management
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2015
    Visualisation Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    multi-party
  • 2015
    Age-friendly communities – Bendigo
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Bendigo Regional Council
  • 2014
    Developing an integrated framework to visually model vulnerability and resilience of the coupled human/natural environment in tropical coastal systems for climate adaptation planning’
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    NSF-SESYNC
  • 2013
    Social dimensions of land-sea scape planning
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    USC
  • 2011
    'Communicating flood risk'
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    USC
  • 2008
    ‘Tools for Water Planning: Lessons, Gaps and Adoption’
    Role:
    co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Water Commission
  • 2008
    Interjurisdictional Analysis of Self-management Governance Arrangements for Water Resource Management in Western Australia
    Role:
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Dept of Water, Western Australia
  • 2006
    'Assessment of stakeholder participation in dams and dam development in 13 countries and 6 continents
    Role:
    Cheif investigator
    Funding Source:
    UNEP DDP

Professional Memberships

  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • International Association of Public Participation

Research Areas

  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Community Planning (120501)

Honours

Best journal article in Society and Natural Resources 2019 for Baldwin et al 'Hybrid Neoliberalism: implications for sustainable development. Research All-Rounder Award for service, external engagement, and research impact and activity, University of the Sunshine Coast 2018