Dr Emma Austin

Dr Emma Austin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Emma is currently employed as the Centre Manager at the Centre for Resources Health and Safetyat the University of Newcastle. In this role Emma provides support to the Centre's Chair, Associate Director and research staff, and coordinates and manages research and business projects. The role requires Emma to develop strategic partnerships with external organisations, particularly key industry groups in the resources sector. 

Emma completed her PhD with the Centre for Water, Climate and Land.  Emma's research investigated the environmental, social, health and economic effects of drought on rural communities in NSW. Emma’s research will improve understanding of how we can collectively support rural communities to pro-actively manage climate variability and improve the wellbeing of rural residents impacted by drought. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Environ Science & Mgmt (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Climate change
  • Drought
  • GIS
  • Mental health
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Rural
  • Wellbeing

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
049999 Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified 35
111714 Mental Health 35
050205 Environmental Management 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/7/2017 - 30/5/2018 Research Assistant

This role involved contributing to a literature review for a project focusing on the health impacts associated  displacement as a result of extreme climatic events.

Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
15/1/2010 - 20/12/2013 Research Assistant

During my role as Research Assistant I worked on three National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) funded projects (Drought and the Future of Small Inland Towns, Limits to Adaptation and Bridging the gap between end user needs and science capability: dealing with uncertainty in future scenarios) and a Strategic Research Initiative Funds project (Utilising climate science insights to inform climate change adaptation) funded by the Faculty of Science and Information Technology, UON.

Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/2/2010 - 30/11/2012 Casual Tutor

I have been a tutor and marker in the following courses:

  • ENVS3205 Climate change and resource management
  • GEOS3250 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOS3280 Global change
  • GEOS2070 Climatology and soils
  • GEOS2161 Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing
  • GEOS1040 Earth’s dynamic systems.

During 2011 I also provided one-on-one tutoring through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.

Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 National Council of Women NSW Australia Day Award
National Council of Women NSW
2017 Best HDR Engagement Award
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia

Prize

Year Award
2020 Royal Society of NSW PhD Scholarship
Royal Society of New South Wales

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GEOS2161 GIS and Remote Sensing
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Tutor 1/2/2010 - 30/11/2012
GEOS3250 Geographic Information Systems
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Tutor 1/2/2010 - 30/11/2012
GEOS2070 Climatology and Soils
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Tutor 1/2/2011 - 30/11/2011
GEOS3340 Resource Management and Climate Change
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Tutor 1/2/2010 - 30/11/2012
GEOS3280 Global Change
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Casual Tutor 1/2/2011 - 30/11/2011
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin E, 'Bridging the gap between researchers and decision-makers', Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK 51-60 (2015) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Austin EK, Handley T, Kiem AS, Rich JL, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Drought, Wellbeing and Adaptive Capacity: Why Do Some People Stay Well?', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 7214-7214 (2020)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17197214
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Tonelle Handley, Jane Rich, Brian Kelly, David Perkins
2020 Austin EK, Rich JL, Kiem AS, Handley T, Perkins D, Kelly BJ, 'The concerns about climate change among rural residents in Australia.', Journal of Rural Studies, 75 98-109 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.01.010
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Jane Rich, David Perkins, Anthony Kiem, Tonelle Handley
2018 Austin EK, Handley T, Kiem AS, Rich JL, Lewin TJ, Askland HH, et al., 'Drought-related stress among farmers: findings from the Australian Rural Mental Health Study.', The Medical journal of Australia, 209 159-165 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja17.01200
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Tonelle Handley, Terry Lewin, Anthony Kiem, David Perkins, Hedda Askland, Jane Rich, Brian Kelly
2016 Kiem AS, Austin EK, Verdon-Kidd DC, 'Water resource management in a variable and changing climate: hypothetical case study to explore decision making under uncertainty', Journal of Water and Climate Change, 7 263-279 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.2166/wcc.2015.040
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2014 Kiem AS, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin EK, 'Bridging the gap between end user needs and science capability: Decision making under uncertainty', Climate Research, 61 57-74 (2014) [C1]

© Inter-Research 2014. There is a recognised gap between what climate science can currently provide and what end users of that information require to make robust adaptation decisi... [more]

© Inter-Research 2014. There is a recognised gap between what climate science can currently provide and what end users of that information require to make robust adaptation decisions about their climate-related risks. This issue has been identified as a major barrier to successful climate change adaptation outcomes and is emphasised within the water resource management and agricultural sectors because of high uncertainty surrounding precipitation projections. This paper details the outcomes of a survey and workshop aimed at better understanding this gap. To bridge the gap, it is recommended that communication and packaging of climate information be improved via a formalised 'knowledge broker'. It is also suggested that a 'terms of reference' for key climate change-related terms be developed and agreed upon by both climate science providers and end users to reduce the misuse of terminology and subsequent confusion. Further, it is recommended that additional research be conducted into natural variability and baseline risk to provide a realistic background on which climate change projections and associated uncertainties are assessed. Finally, for successful climate change adaptation, new tools and methods are needed that deal explicitly with end user needs and the practical limitations end users face (e.g. time, funding, human resources, politics) when attempting to make robust decisions under climate change-related uncertainty.

DOI 10.3354/cr01243
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2013 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Disconnect between science and end-users as a barrier to climate change adaptation', Climate Research, 58 29-41 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.3354/cr01181
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2013 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Drought and the future of rural communities: Opportunities and challenges for climate change adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia', GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS, 23 1307-1316 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.06.003
Citations Scopus - 67Web of Science - 64
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
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Conference (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Austin E, Rich J, Kiem A, Handley T, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Concerns about climate change: the voice of rural New South Wales', Newcastle, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Tonelle Handley, Brian Kelly, David Perkins
2016 Austin EK, Kiem AS, Rich JL, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Drought, wellbeing and adaptive capacity in rural NSW', NCCARF Climate Adaptation 2016 Conference - Change, Challenge, Opportunity, Adelaide, Australia (2016)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, David Perkins, Jane Rich, Anthony Kiem
2016 Austin EK, Rich JL, Kiem AS, Handley TE, Perkins D, Kelly B, 'Rural peoples' concerns about climate change: findings from the Australian rural mental health study', NCCARF Climate Adaptation 2016 Conference - Change, Challenge, Opportunity, Adelaide, Australia (2016)
Co-authors Jane Rich, Tonelle Handley, David Perkins, Anthony Kiem, Brian Kelly
2016 Austin E, Kiem AS, Rich JL, Perkins D, Kelly BJ, 'Drought, wellbeing and climate change concerns in rural Australia', 4th International Young Researchers Workshop on River Basin Environment and Management, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2016)
Co-authors Brian Kelly, David Perkins, Anthony Kiem
2015 Austin E, Kiem AS, Perkins D, Rich J, Kelly B, 'Spatial analysis of drought and wellbeing in rural Australia', Brisbane, Australia (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Jane Rich, Anthony Kiem, David Perkins
2014 Austin EK, Kiem AS, 'Socio-cultural stresses associated with drought and rural communities in Australia', NCCARF Climate Adaptation 2014 Conference - Future Challenges, Gold Coast, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2013 Kiem AS, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin E, 'Bridging the gap between end user needs and climate science capability: do we need a 'knowledge broker' and if so what should it look like?', Climate Adaptation 2013 Conference - knowledge + partnerships, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2013 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin E, 'Bridging the gap between end user needs and science capability: decision making under uncertainty', Climate Adaptation 2013 Conference - knowledge + partnerships: Conference Abstracts, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2013 Kiem AS, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin E, 'Hypothetical case study to explore decision making under uncertainty for the water resource management sector', Climate Adaptation 2013 Conference - knowledge + partnerships: Conference Abstracts, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2012 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Decision making under uncertainty - Bridging the gap between end user needs and science capability', Abstracts of the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francsisco, CA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2012 Austin EK, Kiem AS, 'Quantification of the causes and magnitude of the disconnect between available climate information and the needs of rural community end users', Adaptation Futures - Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012. Program Book, Tucson, Arizona (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2012 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Water trading as a 'market-based' instrument (MBI) for climate change adaptation - do we really want it to do what it is designed to do?', Adaptation Futures - Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012. Program Book, Tucson, Arizona (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2012 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Communicating and dealing with uncertainty in climate change information - bridging the gap between science capability and end user needs', Adaptation Futures - Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012. Program Book, Tucson, Arizona (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2012 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Bridging the gap between end user needs and science capability: Dealing with uncertainty in future scenarios', Climate Adaptation in Action 2012: Sharing Knowledge to Adapt. Conference Handbook, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2012 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Barriers to effective implementation of positive climate change adaptation: Disconnects between science, policy and stakeholders', Climate Change 2012: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Changes; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2012 Austin EK, Kiem AS, Verdon-Kidd DC, 'Bridging the gap between climate science capability and water resource management', 2012 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2011 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought and resilience: A case study of two rural communities in regional Victoria', Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change Conference Handbook, Cairns (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Meg Sherval, Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
2011 Kiem AS, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin EK, 'On the disconnect between climate science and climate change adaptation: Why aren't the insights and recommendations being implemented?', Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change Conference Handbook, Cairns (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought and the future of small inland towns', 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. Conference Handbook, Gold Coast, QLD (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem, Meg Sherval
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia', Southern Exposure. Australia-New Zealand Climate Forum 2010. Conference Handbook, Hobart, TAS (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Meg Sherval, Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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Report (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Sustainable and thriving rural communities under climate change', Policy Information Brief 4, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), 6 pages (2016)
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2013 Verdon-Kidd DC, Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Decision making under uncertainty: Bridging the gap between end user needs and climate science capability. Final Report to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), 116 (2013) [R1]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2012 Kiem AS, Austin EK, 'Limits to adaptation. Limits and barriers to climate change adaptation for small inland communities affected by drought. Final report to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 37 (2012) [R1]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin EK, McGuirk PM, Berry HL, 'Drought and the future of rural communities: Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia. Report for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia', NCCARF: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 122 (2010) [R1]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Meg Sherval, Anthony Kiem
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $2,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20201 grants / $1,000

Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research Publication Support$1,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR)
Scheme Infrastructure Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $1,000

2018 CRHS Project Support Funds$1,000

Funding body: Centre for Resources Health and Safety

Funding body Centre for Resources Health and Safety
Project Team

Emma Austin, Anthony Kiem, Jane Rich, David Perkins

Scheme 2018 CRHS Project Support Funds
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Quantifying Relationships Between Climate Extremes and Mental Health PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

August 21, 2020

Farmers experience drought-related stress. Improving their mental health enhances adaptive capacity and resilience. Drought support must address relationships between drought and mental health

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

July 30, 2018

To better support farmers and their families we need to better understand the impact of drought on them and their communities.

Dr Emma Austin

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Resources Health and Safety
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email emma.austin@newcastle.edu.au
Phone +61 2 49216104

Office

Room Level 9
Building NIER A Block
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