PhD candidate in coastal risk management, University of Sydney

Tom has broad experience across a range of environmental management, town planning, policy analysis and development, and coastal management positions within Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He's worked for all levels of government, for NGOs, academic institutions and in the private sector. Tom held senior positions within the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and had a lead role in both the coastal management reforms and the NSW Marine Estate work programme. He is now employed by the University of NSW undertaking a survey on the perceptions of risk and risk communication around coastal hazards. Tom maintains a base in Sydney and undertakes work in both Australia and NZ.

He was former Secretary for the Australian Coastal Society, Regional Coordinator for the New Zealand Coastal Society and has volunteered his time on the organising committees of the NSW Coastal Conference for the last 5 years and the NZCS Conference 2017. He also volunteers with the Environmental Defence Society (Australian Oceans Institute) in NZ on ocean management.

Tom is the recipient of a fully funded, competitive scholarship from the University of Sydney to undertake his research. He is also a former author of the New Zealand State of the Environment report 2007 and the NSW State of the Environment report 2016 and has written for The Conversation.

Tom's research looks at the political side of the coastal risk equation. He is investigating the management of coastal hazards, the governance of risk, and exploring how perceptions of risk acceptability may influence coastal management and planning decisions.

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  • 2013–present
    PhD candidate in coastal hazard risk management, The University of Sydney


  • 2002 
    Massey University, BApplSc
  • 2001 
    Massey University, BSc

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Coastal Society
  • New Zealand Coastal Society