The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure is based in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility hosted by Griffith University. The aim is to lead the research community in a national interdisciplinary effort to generate the information needed by decision-makers in government and in vulnerable sectors and communities to manage the risks of climate change impacts and choose appropriate adaptation strategies.
Prof Bill Randolph co-led the bid that brought the Network for Settlements and Infrastructure to UNSW in 2008. The Centre hosts the Built Environment Node of the Network and during 2011 Professor Michael Neuman took over the leadership of this Node from Dr. Peter Graham. The Built Environment Node focuses on the impacts of climate change on building and facility design and construction to explore the social, economic and institutional implications of climate change impacts, and the resulting implications for planning, design and management of Australian settlements and infrastructure.
The Node co-hosted a one-day conference in July of 2011 with the Sydney Coastal Councils Group , an organization of 14 coastal municipalities in the Sydney metro region, titled Building for Sustainability Forum, in which Professors Randolph, Weirick, and Neuman gave keynote presentations to open the day.
The NCCARF initiative funds a half time appointment to support the activities of the Node. We have just appointed Dr. Araz Taeihagh (PhD, Oxford) as a Research Associate to work with this node.
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