Roger is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities at Victoria University. He leads a small team who work on climate-related risk, ecological and institutional economics and building research into practice.

The group applies a trans-disciplinary approach to understanding and managing risk that bridges science, economics and policy. It is currently conducting research into urban green infrastructure and liveability, the institutional economics of natural hazards and understanding and managing climate risk.

Roger previously worked for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 13 years, developing methods for climate risk assessment. Qualified in earth science, he has worked on urban ecology, been a museum curator and technical essayist, public radio host and researcher working on past, present and future climates and their impacts.

He was Coordinating Lead Author on the chapter Foundations of Decision Making in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report. He was also Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and a lead author on the Third Assessment Report.

Areas of expertise

  • Catchment & integrated urban water management
  • Climate change risk management
  • Climate impact assessment & adaptation
  • Complex systems science
  • Decision support
  • Ecological and institutional economics
  • Integrated modelling approaches and transdisciplinary research
  • Urban ecology

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 1992


Refereed journal articles

Jones, R.N. and Ricketts, J.H. (2017) Reconciling the signal and noise of atmospheric warming on decadal timescales. Earth System Dynamics Discussions, 8(1), 177-210.

Bodman, R.W., Rayner, P.J. and Jones, R.N. (2016) How do carbon cycle uncertainties affect IPCC temperature projections? Atmospheric Science Letters, 17, 236-242.

Mekala, G., Jones, R.N. and Hatton MacDonald, D. (2015) Valuing the Benefits of Creek Rehabilitation: Building a Business Case for Public Investments in Urban Green Infrastructure. Environmental Management, 1-12. 10.1007/s00267-015-0471-7.

Jones, R.N. (2012) Detecting and attributing non-linear anthropogenic regional warming in South-eastern Australia, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, D04105.

Jones, R.N. and Preston, B.L. (2011) Adaptation and risk management. WIREs Climate Change, 2(2), 296-308.


Jones, R.N., Young, C.K., Handmer, J., Keating, A., Mekala, G.D. and Sheehan, P. (2013) Valuing Adaptation under Rapid Change, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia.

Refereed chapters

Jones, R.N., Patwardhan, A., Cohen, S., Dessai, S., Lammel, A., Lempert, R., Mirza, M.M.Q. and von Storch, H. (2014) Foundations for Decision Making. In Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Volume I: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (eds Field, C.B., Barros, V., Dokken, D.J., Mach, K.J., Mastrandrea, M.D., Bilir, T.E., Chatterjee, M., Ebi, K.L., Estrada, Y.O., Genova, R.C., Girma, B., Kissel, E.S., Levy, A., MacCracken, S., Mastrandrea, P.R. and White, L.L.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Conference presentations

Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Symons, J. (2015) Risk ownership and natural hazards: across systems and across values, AFAC15 New Directions in Emergency Management, Adelaide, South Australia September 2015, Report No 2015.85.

Research grants

  • CRC for Bushfire and Natural Hazards 2013–2017
  • Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership 2014–2015
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2011–2013
  • Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research 2010, 2011
  • CSIRO – National Coastal Vulnerability Project 2009
  • Melbourne Water 2009