Karyn Bosomworth

Urban Scholar

  • Climate Change
  • Governance & Policy
  • Transformative Adaptation

Karyn is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research (CUR), and with Dr Lauren Rickards, co-convenes CUR’s Climate Change and Resilience group.

Karyn works with various government agencies on climate change adaptation challenges. In doing so, she is exploring social-institutional dimensions of governance that influence transformative adaptation in different policy sectors. She is interested in the role of discourse, cultures and norms in adaptive management and governance in public policy. Before moving to academia, Karyn worked for many years in policy-relevant research within State government working on climate change adaptation, native vegetation and fire management. Consequently she has significant interest and involvement in the “science-policy interface” in theory and practice.

Karyn’s empirical research is predominantly about local, regional and State level adaptation policy and planning issues. A major aspect of her work is using ‘Adaptation Pathways’ in adaptation planning, which is informed by collaborations with CSIRO, University of Tasmania, Deltares and University of Delft in the Netherlands, and the University of Wellington, NZ.