Associate Professor, Urban Design and Town Planning, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr 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. 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.

Dr Baldwin's Phd from University of Queensland was on 'Consensus-building in water allocation'. She has over 55 peer-reviewed publications, and 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

  • 2006–2017
    Associate professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Queensland, PhD Environmental Planning

Publications

  • 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,,
  • 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
    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 ,
  • 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.,
  • 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
    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
    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
    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

  • 2015
    Justice, Fairness and Equity in Natural Resource Management
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 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

Research Areas

  • Environmental Science And Management (0502)

Honours

Research All-Rounder Award for service, external engagement, and research impact and activity, University of the Sunshine Coast 2018