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Senior lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Bec Colvin is a social scientist and senior lecturer with the Resources, Environment & Development (RE&D) Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Bec’s research interest is in how groups of people interact with each other - especially in settings of social and political conflict - with regard to climate and environmental issues. Much of this work has a focus on the dynamics of formalised processes for including citizens and stakeholders in decision-making, and leverages on perspectives from social psychology, especially social identity, to understand the complexities of people and process. Recent research projects have included the study of conflict about wind energy development, the psychological underpinnings of a constructive governance regime for negative emissions, the role of trust between climate researchers and policy-makers, and the relationship between aggregate public opinion and conflict in environmental messaging. Before joining the RE&D Group in 2019, Bec worked with the ANU Climate Change Institute, and prior to that undertook a PhD and lectured with The University of Queensland.


  • 2017–present
    Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Australian National University
  • 2013–2016
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland


  • 2017 
    PhD, The University of Queensland
  • 2012 
    BEnvMan, The University of Queensland