Miss Emma Austin

Miss Emma Austin

Centre Manager

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 is also a Higher Degree Research candidate in the Centre for Water, Climate and Land.  Emma's research investigates 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

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

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

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.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Jane Rich, David Perkins, Anthony Kiem
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 - 14Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Emma Austin Uon, 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 Emma Austin Uon, 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 - 17Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Emma Austin Uon, 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 - 28Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Emma Austin Uon
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 - 62Web of Science - 60
Co-authors Emma Austin Uon, Anthony Kiem
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,000

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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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News

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.

Miss Emma Austin

Position

Centre Manager
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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