Associate Professor Carina Wyborn

BA (Hons), PhD (ANU)
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807
  • Environmental Politics 160605
  • Environment Policy 160507
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Human Geography 1604
  • Environmental Management 050205

Research interests

  • Science, politics and policy of environmental futures
  • Co-production of science, policy and society
  • Foresight, futures thinking
  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Adaptive and anticipatory governance


Carina is an interdisciplinary social scientist with background in science and technology studies, and human ecology. She works at the intersection of science, policy, and practice, where she is interested in understanding how decisions are made in complex and contested environmental management challenges. Carina is particularly interested in the capacities that enable future-oriented decision making, and the methods and practice that are used to support decision-making in the context of uncertainty. After completing her PhD at the ANU in 2012, Carina has worked internationally, in the United States, Colombia and Switzerland, working with government and non-government organisations on climate adaptation, wildfire governance, and biodiversity conservation. Carina holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award, which involves research on foresight practices and anticipatory governance to identify methods that enable stakeholders to negotiate shared pathways for action in water reform in the Murray Darling Basin.

Researcher's projects

  • Foresight in times of disruption: Advancing the theory and practice of adaptive governance in the Murray Darling Basin (2020-2023)
  • Biodiversity Revisited (2018-2020)
  • Co-Management of Wildfire Risk Transmission (2017-ongoing)

Current student projects

  • Narratives of climate adaptation for future-oriented conservation (Claudia Munera, PhD Candidate, ANU)
  • How keystone actors influence social-ecological system governance after severe disturbance (Amber Datta, PhD candidate, University of Montana/James Cook University)

Past student projects

  • The role of uncertainty in determining the Murray Darling Basin Sustainable Diversion Limites (Leila Noble, Honours, ANU)
  • Organizational influence on the co-producton of fire science for management application (Evora Glenn, Masters, University of Montana)



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  05 December 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers