Dr Sebastian Thomas
Dr Sebastian Thomas is a transdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy, environmental management, and sustainability economics and policy. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected biophysical, economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental governance. In the context of global change issues – including technology, climate and environment, new economic forces, social movements and conflicts, and resource constraints – he investigates how communities can connect to global economic and policy frameworks to achieve resilient and prosperous sustainability outcomes. His research interests include vulnerability and resilience, ‘blue carbon’ in coastal ecosystems and its role in sustainable development, ocean governance, energy transitions, and the role of educational innovation in adapting to global challenges. Dr Thomas is a lecturer in the Office for Environmental Programs, and affiliated with the Australia-Indonesia Centre, the Australian-German Climate and Energy College , the EU Centre for Shared Complex Challenges, and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. He has extensive experience working in the Asia-Pacific as a business leader and research scientist.
Project: Global environmental governance, traditional ecological knowledge and blue carbon
Kieran has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at The University of Queensland, and a Master of Energy Studies jointly awarded by the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Western Australia. His Master’s thesis included two distinct but related studies; an examination of the changing dynamics of the Queensland electricity sector under the influence of residential solar photovoltaics, and the evolution of strategic management theory in light of the global sustainability imperative. He has also spent 3 years as a professional engineer working in project management and delivery roles throughout Australia.
Project: What lessons can Australian policy-makers learn from earlier historical transitions that could accelerate Australia's energy transition?
Project: Anticipatory governance of geoengineering
Masters Research Students
Project: Livelihood pathways through community-scale renewable energy in West Java, Indonesia
Project: Factors that influence willingness to participate in a community energy project.
Project: Recycling local waste as substrates for edible mushroom cultivation in the context of "Blue economy"
Project: Capturing Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Improving Social-Ecological System Resilience and Sustainable Development
Project: Blue-carbon in Fijian Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMAs) and the subsequent sustainability and resilience outcomes for communities and ecosystems.
Project: Strategic financial tools for blue carbon
Project: Synergies and conflicts between social forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia; and possible political implications for forest-dependent communities
Project: Analyzing climate change resilience of indigenous communities: frameworks to La Guajira, Colombia case study.
Project: Beyond Gender; Understanding Equity in Forest Governance through Intersectionality Perspective