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: Coastal areas and nature-based tourism
Project: Community-centred sustainability and the creation of environmental and economic value
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: Modelling a renewable and energy independent community in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland
Project: Building a typology of best practice Social Impact Assessment: a study of community-based agreement-making in the resource sector
Project: Understanding governance architectures, community leadership, and cultural diversity in Java, Indonesia
Project: Livelihood pathways through community-scale renewable energy in West Java, Indonesia
Project: The design of a community developed community-enterprise benefit-sharing scheme for climate resilience activities: utilising the funds derived from a sustainable sea cucumber harvesting program
Project: Modelling the waste stream of the University of Melbourne's Burnley campus
Project: Exploring the past, present, and future of sustainability science
Project: Examining how participatory, futures-oriented innovations in integratededucation-research approaches can enable sustainability transitions