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Associate Professor, Griffith University

Dr Michael Howes is an Associate Professor with the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University. He is also an adaptation science researcher with the Cities Research Institute and is the Program Director for the Master of Climate Change Adaptation. Michael’s work explores how governments try to make society more sustainable and resilient, with specific projects on climate change, sustainable development, water management, environment protection, public environmental reporting, and ecological modernisation. Before becoming an academic Michael worked for several years as an industrial chemist and technical manager in the manufacturing sector. He has also been a member of the Queensland Conservation Council board and chaired a Technical Advisory Panel for the Australian Government’s National Pollutant Inventory.

Research Expertise
* Environmental Politics, Policy & Regulation
* Climate Change Policy and Planning
* Sustainable Development & Industry
* National Environment Protection Institutions
* Pollution Inventories

Current Teaching Areas
* Environmental Sustainability
* Climate Change Policy & Planning


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Griffith University


  • 2000 
    Adelaide University, PhD/Politics
  • 1994 
    Adelaide University, BA (Hons) in Politics
  • 1993 
    Adelaide University, BA in Politics and Philosophy
  • 1985 
    Adelaide University, Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
  • 1984 
    Adelaide University, BSc in Chemistry


  • 2005
    Politics and the Environment: Risk and the role of government and industry, Allen & Unwin: Sydney/ Earthscan: London.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    The Right Tool for the Job: Achieving climate change adaptation outcomes through improved disaster management policies, planning and risk management strategies
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
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