Elspeth Oppermann

Post-doctoral researcher, the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

My research covers how the abstract future of climate change is made tangible and real, and how current practices offer insight into barriers and resources for adaptation to increasing climate extremes. My background in the analysis of climate change adaptation and security has given me an interest in organisational communication structures and futures techniques.

Specifically, my post-doctoral research project seeks to characterise the daily practices and short-term responses to heat stress that are already in place in the construction and mining industries in northern Australia. I will then explore how these might undermine or enable more substantial or transformative adaptations to climate change. I hope to build this research into a longer-term ‘action research’ project that will enable knowledge sharing and transformational learning among interested parties.

Experience

  • –present
    Post-doctoral researcher, the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University