Population Processes & Environmental Change
Environmental change is one of the defining challenges of our age.
Environmental change both causes and is caused by population change. For example, shifts in the physical environment may shape human mobility both directly (for example as a response to extreme weather events), or indirectly, (for example through the gradual impacts of sea-level rise on other economic, social, cultural, and political drivers of migration). Conversely, population growth and change affects patterns of land use, resource processing, urban design, transport and waste disposal that may transform the physical environment. The Hugo Centre’s research aims to undertake comparative studies on the nexus between environmental change and human population change, to make theoretical advances in this area, and to inform practical efforts to achieve a sustainable future.
Current and completed research includes:
- Australia-China Food Research Group Mission: Multidisciplinary Projects Related to Sustainable Futures (The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF))
- Bushfires and Biodiversity: Optimising conservation outcomes in peri-urban areas at risk (Australian Research Council Linkage & SA Government)
- Climate Change and Migration in China: theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions (Australian Research Council - Discovery Project)
- Extreme Heat and Climate Change – Adaptation in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF))
- Impact of Climate Change on Disadvantaged Groups: Issues and Interventions (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF))
- Improving Migrant Health: Identifying and Addressing the Health Needs of Migrants in Australia (Australian Research Council - DECRA)
- Internal Migration and Social Security in China (Ford Foundation)
- Vulnerable Communities (Including Human Health) Research Network (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF))