Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Decision making
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Transformation and risk
  • Research utilisation

Not available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Celeste Young

Celeste is a transdisciplinary researcher who produces high impact, end user focused research. She undertakes collaborative research with industry, community and government stakeholders to develop solutions that can be applied in end user decision making contexts. Her methodology of 'working from the inside out' uses systemic assessments and embeds research into decision-making systems. Co-design and linking research to ongoing training and learning in policy and practice, are central to this process.

Since joining Victoria University in 2012, Celeste has been awarded funding by and led research for:

  • Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC)
  • City of Melbourne
  • Victorian Centre of Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR)
  • Department of Environment Water Land and Planning (Vic)
  • Department of Transport (Vic) (DoT)
  • Rail Manufacturing CRC (RMCRC).

She is currently research lead for the BNHCRC, Diversity and Inclusion: Building strength and capability and DoT/RMCRC Reimagining the workforce projects.

Her work has been used by practitioners, trainers and researchers in the public and private sector in Australia and overseas. It has also been featured in state and federal government policy. Celeste has created a number of award winning research posters and advised into government on climate change communication and practice and end user research.

Since 2012 Celeste has led and co-authored numerous articles, papers and reports. She was also a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report Chapter – Foundations of Decision Making. She has been invited to present her work for key institutions and communities. Highlights include: Oxford University, State and Federal Government, the City of Melbourne, and the EU funded Impressions Project.

Celeste’s career spans the educational, arts, public and private sector. Formerly, she was an executive officer for the Western Alliance of Greenhouse Action, a stakeholder coordinator for the VCCCAR, a consultant for local government and a quality officer at BAE Systems. She also has over 30 years’ experience as a communications professional and as a producer and practitioner in the arts. She has served on a number of committees including the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Financial Studies 2014–18 and was a board member of Platform Youth Theatre 2009–11.

Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral (equivalent) Business Management, Victoria University, Australia, 2014

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Young, C., Jones, R., & Margarita, K. (180701). The Long Road: Building Effective Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Organisations. Melboune: BNHCRC.
2017 Young, C., Wilkins, T., Dilling, L., Vulturius, G., & Bergseng, A. M. (170101). Learning from failures in communication: sharing lessons from research & practice workshop. UKCIP.
2017 Young, C., Jones, R., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G., & Casey, N. (170101). Risk Ownership Framework for Emergency Management Policy and Practice. East Melbourne: Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.
2015 Young, C., Symons, J., & Jones, R. (150601). Whose Risk is it Anyway? Desktop review of institutional ownership of risk associated with natural hazards and disasters. Melbourne, Australia: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
2015 Young, C., Jones, R., & Symons, J. (150101). Green Infrastructure Economic Framework. Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University.
2014 YOUNG, C. (140101). The Problem Solution Framework: Process Guidance for Adaptation Practitioners. Melbourne, Victoria: Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.
2013 Young, C. K., & Jones, R. N. (130101). Building Bridges: Supporting Adaptation in Industry Think Tank Context Paper. Melbourne, Victoria: Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research.

Year Citation
2019 Young, C., & Jones, R. (190401). Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: the long road. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Volume 34(2), (38-45).
2018 Young, C., & Jones, R. (180101). Valuing recovery through risk ownership. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 33(1), (48-54).
2016 Young, C., & Jones, R. N. (160101). Owning the future: Risk ownership and strategic decision-making for natural hazards. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31(4), (16-23).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Investing in Women's Sight - Benefits Across Generations
From: Fred Hollows Foundation
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny, Dr John Symons
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Building Strength and Capability through Diversity
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
Investigators: Dr Joanne Pyke, Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Fiona Macdonald
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed
Climate change and social determinants of health and wellbeing scoping study.
From: Director of Housing, Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Peter Sheehan, Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Regional and sectoral vulnerability assessment for Victoria - Stage 1.
From: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Investigators: Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Developing robust indicators for valuing laneway greening.
From: City of Melbourne
Investigators: Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure
From: Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI)
Investigators: Prof Roger Jones, Dr John Symons
For period: 2014-2015
$210,000
Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale.
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
Investigators: Prof Peter Sheehan, Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2014-2018
$460,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Not available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018
Research Advisory Committee
The Australian Institute of Financial Studies
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011
Board Member
Platform Youth Theatre
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009
Steering Committee
Victoria University's Institute of Sustainablity and Innovation
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018
Research Advisory Committee
The Australian Institute of Financial Studies
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011
Board Member
Platform Youth Theatre
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009
Steering Committee
Victoria University's Institute of Sustainablity and Innovation

Awards

Year Award
2017

Best Poster Prize - ECCA Conference

2012

Best Poster Prize - NCCARF Conference

2008

Recognition Award - BAE Systems