This program aims to apply economics in strategic long-term decision making in the areas of climate change, sustainability and energy policies.

It investigates key aspects of climate change and of rapidly emerging renewable technologies, as well as the policy and practice of adequate responses to these challenges.

This research is undertaken by the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) and Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC).

Research areas

Victorian Energy Policy Centre

A major initiative in this area has been the establishment of the Victorian Energy Policy Centre led by Associate Professor Bruce Mountain, and funded by the Victorian Government. It produces evidence-based, policy-focused research, primarily for the Victorian Government.

It has a high level of engagement with the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and her Department, and plays an influential role in the development of renewable energy policies in Victoria.

Bushfire & natural hazards

Following the election of the Abbott Government, increased funding became available for bushfire and natural hazard research, partly via the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC.

Several projects funded were earlier work by Professor Jones and Celeste Young ‘Mapping and Understanding Natural Hazard Risk and Vulnerability at the Institutional Scale’ on developing an economic geography and decision-making framework to assist emergency service practitioners on shared ownership of risk.

Subsequent work is on increasing diversity in emergency services organisations titled ‘Building Strength and Capability through Diversity’ which aims to develop a framework that will assist better management and measurement of diversity and inclusion in emergency management organisations.

Recovery of diverse communities following bushfire

The project 'Understanding experiences and recovery capabilities of diverse communities in Gippsland post 2019–20' has been funded through Victoria University's planetary health initiative.

Natural hazards are becoming increasingly dynamic and novel, challenging recovery and resilience. The aim of this research is to understand the recovery experience of communities in Gippsland (Southern Victoria) following the bushfires of late 2019. It will identify factors that contribute to increasing vulnerability, or building resilience, of different cohorts within these communities.

Diversity & Inclusion

Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2020, Diversity and Inclusion Framework for Emergency Management Policy and Practice.

Young, C. 2020, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability Annual Report 2019.

MacDonald F. 2020, Building Resilience: Understanding the Capabilities of Diverse Communities.

Young, C., Jones, R., Maharaj, N. and Rasmussen, B. 2019, 'Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability: The pathway to achieving diversity benefits’, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 5, pp. 35-44.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2019, 'Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: The long road', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 34, pp. 38-45.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2019, The Economic Benefits of the Indigenous Fire and Rescue Employment Strategy (IFARES) Program: Fire and Rescue New South Wales.

Young, C. 2019, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability Annual Report 2018.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2019, Risky Business: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter.

Young, C., Jones, R.N. and Kumnick, M. 2018, The Long Road: Building Effective Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Organisations – Case Study Synthesis and Draft Framework.

Cormack, C. 2018, Community Values Survey: Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability.

Pyke, J. 2018, Building Capability in Emergency Services: Diversity and Inclusion in Communities.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2018, Changing Capabilities of Emergency Services Case Study Organisations.

Young, C., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N., Rasmussen, B. and Jones, R. 2018, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability Literature Review.

Mapping & Understanding Natural Hazard Risk

Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2018, ‘Valuing recovery through risk ownership’, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 48-54.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2017, Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale Project: Final Report 2017.

Jones, R., Young, C. and Symons, J. 2017, Mapping Values at Risk from Natural Hazards at Geographic and Institutional Scales: Framework Development.

Young, C., Jones, R., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G. and Casey, N. 2017, Risk Ownership Framework for Emergency Management Policy and Practice.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2017, Risk Ownership Summary: Key Research Findings.

Young, C. & Jones, R. 2016, ‘Owning the future: risk ownership and strategic decision-making for natural hazards’, Australian Journal of Emergency Management 31(4).

Young, C., Jones, R. and Symons, J. 2016, Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale: Annual Project Report 2015–2016.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, Institutional Maps of Risk Ownership for Strategic Decision Making.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, Understanding Values at Risk And Risk Ownership: Workshop Synthesis Report.

Symons, J. Jones, R.N. Milne, R. and MacLeod, A. 2016, Economic Geography of Bushfire and Flood Vulnerability in Victoria at the Statistical Local Area Scale.

Young, C.K., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, Whose Risk is it Anyway? Desktop Review of Institutional Ownership of Risk Associated with Natural Hazards and Disasters.

Young, C., Jones, R. and Symons, J. 2015, Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale: Annual Project Report 2014-2015.

Young, C.K. and Jones, R.N. 2015, Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale: Annual Report 2014.

Young, C. 2014, The Problem Solution Framework: Process Guidance for Adaptation Practitioners.

Collaboration with China

Prior to Federal Government climate change funding cuts, Professor Peter Sheehan led a major program collaborating with the Chinese Energy Research Institute on climate change, energy and sustainability issues.

Following that, a report to the WA Australia China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund titled Transformation of Energy Markets: China in a Global Context (2016), discussed that as China and other countries sought to reduce the role of coal and oil in energy use, the interplay between renewables and natural gas over the period to 2030 would be shaping outcomes in many countries. The report provided an improved knowledge base, on the key global factors influencing China’s structural adjustment process and on the progress being made in China.

Research projects

  • Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC)
  • Dept of Transport and Rail Manufacturing CRC: Reimagining the workforce: Building smart, sustainable and safe public transport
  • Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC: Building strength and capability through diversity
  • Understanding experiences and recovery capabilities of diverse communities in Gippsland post 2019–20

Staff & students

Find out who's in our research group, and read our researcher bios via the links.

Staff

Students

  • James Ricketts (PhD)
  • Neale Wardley (DBA)

Contact us

Celeste Young
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 1343