Dr Jacqueline De Chazal

Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Post-doctoral fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Rural Sociology 160804
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change 050101
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Environmental Management 050205

Research interests

Concepts and methods for including multiple, differing perspectives in assessments of ecosystem change. Philosophy of science. Sociology of scientific knowledge.

Deliberative democracy.  Systems thinking.  Global environmental change.


Jacqueline has a first class honours degree in science, and a PhD in ecology.  A long standing interest in the role that social values play in determining evaluations of ecosystem change has led her to widen her science focus to include the social sciences, in particular philosophy of science and sociology of scientific knowledge. She has lived and worked in Australia, France, Belgium, United Kingdom and Africa.  Her research involves examining the complex relationships between ‘facts’ and ‘values’ in global environmental change and developing conceptual models and practical methods for working with multiple and shifting perspectives on assessments of ecosystem change. A major concern of her work has been to better integrate the social dimension into what are traditionally exclusively biophysical evaluations of ecosystem change.  Currently she is undertaking an examination of policy-driven climate change adaptation in Australia under the auspices of the Environmental Economics Research Hub.  She is seeking to understand relationships between deemed facts & values concerning climate change as presented in selected research & policy documents.  The outcome of this work will be some policy recommendations for decision-making about climate change that better acknowledge the role of values.

Career highlights

Contributed to the 2007 Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA).


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