Researchers needed for new projects on risk engagement and implementation planning | Natural Hazards Research Australia

Researchers needed for new projects on risk engagement and implementation planning

Climate change engagement and communications practice review (phase 1)

This project aims to establish effective climate change and bushfire risk engagement practice and delivery, with a particular focus on linking the impacts to values communities care about.

The 2019-20 fire season highlighted the impact of climate change. The role that community engagement and communications play in supporting planning, preparedness, response and resilience is an increasingly important management lever in the fire sector’s risk reduction toolkit.

The project will include a desktop review of best practice approaches to climate change engagement and communication that aims to improve community understanding and encourage behaviour change for risk reduction and resilience, facilitation of two workshops with key stakeholders, and a review of national and international practices to identify the skills, knowledge and capabilities that are useful to support effective community engagement about climate issues.

Development of a Safer Together Joint Research Strategy: Implementation Plan

The Victorian Government Safer Together Program has employed a participative interagency approach to developing a Joint Research Strategy. The Strategy outlines key science investment areas across the themes of bushfire risk, predictive capability, ecosystem values, community partnering and bushfire operations capability.

This project will use Safer Together governance structures and sector consultation to develop an agreed prioritisation process, use a structured approach to identify priority projects and ensure the transition of research into effective practice. The benefit of this project is an agreed-upon, structured approach to implementing the Safer Together Joint Research Strategy.

Where this research fits

These two new projects will be conducted specifically for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria (DELWP) and does not form part of Natural Hazards Research Australia’s nationally funded core projects. This partnership between Natural Hazards Research Australia and DELWP builds on commissioned research conducted for DELWP by both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Bushfire CRC.

Submitting a proposal

Project teams responding to this call for Expressions of Interest are required to submit their response that includes a project proposal of up to eight pages that clearly addresses the requirements of the specifications set out in the EOI. More details can be found in the below PDFs.

EOI proposals for both projects closed on 19 August. Successful applicants will be notified by 9 September.