Dr Rebecca Colvin

BEnvMan, PhD, The University of Queensland
Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Climate Change Institute
ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 6125 4672

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Environmental Politics 160605
  • Environmental Sociology 160802
  • Social And Community Psychology 170113

Research interests

Interactions between values, identity, ideology, and framings in shaping attitudes toward climate and environmental issues.

Social & political conflict about climate and environmental issues. 

Governance and social dimensions of negative emissions technologies.

Social impacts of energy development, with a focus on wind and unconventional gas.

Community and stakeholder engagement process dynamics.

The science-policy interface & knowledge exchange for climate change.


Bec Colvin is a social scientist and knowledge exchange specialist with the Climate Change Institute at ANU. Bec’s research interest is in how groups of people interact with each other - especially in settings of social and political conflict - with regard to climate and environmental issues. Much of this work has a focus on the dynamics of formalised processes for including citizens and stakeholders in decision-making, and leverages on perspectives from social psychology to understand the complexities of people and process. Recent research projects have included the study of conflict about wind energy development, the psychological underpinnings of a constructive governance regime for negative emissions, the role of trust between climate researchers and policy-makers, and the relationship between aggregate public opinion and conflict in environmental messaging. At the Climate Change Institute, Bec's role is to facilitate the strengthening of links between climate change researchers and end users of the research. Before joining the ANU Climate Change Institute in 2017, Bec undertook a PhD and lectured with The University of Queensland.




Projects and Grants

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