Carmen Elrick-Barr, FHEA

Dr, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Carmen is a human geographer whose research focuses on the human dimensions of coastal conservation and management, at the nexus of social science and policy. She explores the governance of coastal and marine areas, community vulnerability, capacity, and engagement. Carmen’s research currently address three intersecting themes:

Vulnerability, adaptive capacity, adaptation, and transformation

Through her work, Carmen has established a reputation for advancing adaptive capacity discourse, particularly at the household scale. This work builds on over ten years practice delivering climate change adaptation support to local and national governments, predominantly in the Asia-Pacific region.  

Coastal policy and governance

This theme explores the governance of coastal and marine areas, asking how institutional instruments, social norms and values, power and politics influence the capacity to reform governance arrangements for more equitable and sustainable futures.   

Social values and engagement in marine and coastal planning and management

The challenges facing coastal areas require transformative change – which is most feasible when the destination (target) is clear.  This theme explores (i) approaches to collectively generate preferred futures, through citizen engagement and understanding social values, and (ii) valuing marine and coastal stewardship.

Funding overview

  • Building community resilience to coastal hazards in Australia, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award, 2023/4, $393,664.00
  • Climate change finance and capacity building expert, USAID, 2013 $22,000
  • Mediterranean Action Program and Background Paper, UNEP, 2013, $10,000.00
  • Mainstreaming Climate Change into the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the Republic of Mauritius, African Adaptation Project (AAP) and UNEP, 2013, $20,000.00
  • Decision Support Framework for Climate Integrated Ecosystem Based Adaptation, UNEP, 2013, $220,000.00
  • City of Stirling CCA Plan, City of Stirling, 2012, $60,000.00
  • Policy Papers Synthesizing Climate Change Adaptation Needs for Local Government, Water, Biodiversity and Extreme Events., NCCARF, 2012, $30,000.00
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Design for the Pacific Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program, Department of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, 2012, $22,000.00
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Design for the Pacific Islands Regional Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) (2012)., PIFACC, 2012, $50,000.00
  • Evaluation of the McKinsey Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options Project (2012): Samoa Case Study, UNEP, 2012, $5,000.00
  • SLSA Adaptation Road Map, Surf Life Saving Australia, 2011, $20,000.00
  • SPREP PIFACC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, SPREP, 2011, $20,000.00
  • Climate Change Variability and Change Strategy, Dept of Water, WA, 2011, $15,000.00
  • Stocktake Report Nauru (DCCEE), Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, 2011, $15,000.00
  • UNDP Albania: Identification and implementation of adaptation response measures in Drini – Mati River Deltas , Global Environment Facility, 2010, $200,000.00
  • Development of a Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan, Shire of Murchison, Local Adaptation Pathways Program (LAPP), Shire of Murchison, $30,000.00
  • Development of a Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan, Mid West Regional Council, Local Adaptation Pathways Program (LAPP), Mid West Regional Council, $35,000.00
  • Development of a Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Western Australia, Department of Climate Change, $15,000.00
  • Kiribati Adaptation Program Followup, GEF, 2010
  • Western Suburbs Regional Organisations of Councils (WESROC) Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategy, WESROC, 2010, $50,000.00
  • Samoa AusAID Partnership Develop Priority 5 CC Implementation Strategy, DCCEE, 2009  
  • City of Mandurah Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment , City of Mandurah, 2009, $35,000.00
  • Mainstreaming Climate Change into the Mangroves for the Future Program, UNEP and IUCN, 2009, $12,000.00
  • Copy Editing UNEP Report - Blue Carbon: The role of healthy oceans in binding carbon., UNEP, 2009, $2,500.00
  • Town of Cottesloe V&A Assessment, Town of Cottesloe, 2008, $19,000.00
  • Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) Climate Change Risk Assessment , EMRC, 2008, $40,000.00
  • Technology Needs Assessment for Adaptation to Climate Change
    for the Cook Islands, Cook Islands National Environment Service,, 2008, $5,000.00
  • Kiribati Adaptation Program, GEF, 2007, $200,000.00
  • UNFCCC Needs Assessment , GEF, 2006, $10,000.00
  • City of Mandurah CC Conference, City of Mandurah, 2006, $6,000.00


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, PhD, Understanding Household Adaptive Capacity: Case studies from coastal Australia, University of the Sunshine Coast

Award Date: 7 Jan 2017

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast

13 Oct 2023 → …

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Climate: Climate Adaptation

23 Mar 2022 → …

Vice-Chair, Australian Coastal Society

1 Nov 2021 → …

Editorial Board Member, Ocean and Coastal Management Journal: Elsevier

4 Jun 2021 → …

Chair, WA Coastal and Marine Community Network

1 Feb 2020 → …

State Rep and Director, Australian Coastal Society

1 Nov 2019 → …

Board member, Western Australian Landcare Network

1 Nov 20191 Nov 2020

Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast

15 Jul 201913 Oct 2023

Senior Consultant, Coastal Zone Management and Adaptive Futures

1 Jun 200730 Jun 2013

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Government
  • Oceans

Research expertise keywords

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Policy evaluation
  • Social values
  • Coastal planning and management
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment


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