Person

Karen Vella

Report

Smart cities down under: performance of Australian local government areas

This report presents the findings of a study conducted at the Urban Studies Lab of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), that placed Australian local government areas under the smart city microscope to evaluate their performances. The study also generates insights for understanding the reasons behind...
Journal article

Carbon, biodiversity and regional natural resource planning: towards high impact next generation plans

Given the increased importance of adaptation debates in global climate negotiations, pressure to achieve biodiversity, food and water security through managed landscape-scale adaptation will likely increase across the globe over the coming decade. In parallel, emerging market-based, terrestrial greenhouse gas abatement programs present a real...
Journal article

A rapid assessment of the effects of extreme weather on two Great Barrier Reef industries

In coastal areas, extreme weather events, such as floods and cyclones, can have debilitating effects on the social and economic viability of marine-based industries. In March 2011, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority implemented an Extreme Weather Response Program, following a period of intense...
Conference paper

Analysis of governance for sustainability planning in the Cairns Region

The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and...