CMS Summer School 2020

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Interdisciplinary skills for equitable climate adaptation in social-ecological systems

This short course, run by the Centre for Marine Socioecology, introduces graduate students and early career researchers to interdisciplinary research skills in the context of applied climate change adaptation and social equity in marine social-ecological systems. Throughout the week you will learn about both theory and practice relating to adaptation at a variety of scales and in different contexts. You will consider a range of related issues such as equity, trade-offs and conflict. We will use the lens of climate change adaptation to help you develop core professional competencies for becoming an interdisciplinary researcher. These skills could be applied in almost any research context, and so the course could be of interest to those working in research areas unconnected to adaptation or marine systems per se. The course will be delivered via a series of lectures, skill development sessions, group project work and a field trip. The central activity of the course will be developing a collaborative interdisciplinary project proposal in response to a real-world problem identified by representatives from various marine stakeholder groups including the state government, industry and NGO’s.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning, role and examples of adaptation and equity for social-ecological systems in the context of climate change
  • Compare and contrast different disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches, including interdisciplinary approaches
  • Plan and initiate an interdisciplinary research collaboration
  • Develop interdisciplinary research questions
  • Communicate research ideas to non-specialists
  • Develop and pitch a grant application for an interdisciplinary research program

Guest Presenter and Facilitator

Course Presenters:


Free for UTAS postgraduate students. $500 AUD for external students and ECR’s. Subsidised accommodation is also available if required for $500 for the week.


Scholarships for travel and accommodation may be available for Australian Indigenous postgraduate students. Please send enquiry email to the contact below by November 31st 2019 if interested.

For more information please contact

Dr Madeline Green, Executive Support & Research Development Officer, Centre for Marine Socioecology

University of TasmaniaInstitute of Marine and Antarctic StudiesCSIRO Department of the EnvironmentGEOS
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