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Looking forward to the future is complicated by new knowledge about climate change. Working with researchers who support adaptation to climate change helped me realise that better scientific knowledge and far-reaching communication can only take us so far. Now I focus on how we think about and share our imagined futures to plan for expected climate change and all the other changes we will face.

As part of the H2020 funded RECEIPT project in 2019-2020, I completed a Research Fellowship in Climate Risk Storylines at the University of Leeds, where I remain a Visiting Researcher. In 2018, I was a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow with the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia where I developed materials to support taking an adaptation pathways approach to local planning. My PhD research explored how Australians and Canadians talk about adapting to climate change over the next twenty years. This built on my experience managing climate adaptation research communication in Australia at CSIRO and NCCARF.

I welcome Canadian and international collaborations on future thinking in planning decisions, climate change knowledge adoption and framing a positive Anthropocene. Take a look at a 3-minute overview of my PhD research.

Wishing you all the best,
Dr Liese Coulter