Would you like to share your views on climate change and the future?

AUSCCER-308 Stephanie EditAUSCCER’s Stephanie Toole is currently seeking residents from the Greater Sydney area who are willing to share their experiences of weather, thoughts about climate change and views on the future. The study encourages contributions from residents from a diverse range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.



You can take part in two ways:

  1. A one-hour interview. The interview can be organized for a time in July (including weekends) and a place that is most convenient for you (e.g. your home, a café, or library).
  1. A 30 minute online survey, titled Preparing for climate change? A survey of views and practices in culturally diverse Australian households. You do not need to believe in climate change in order to complete the survey – all views are valued. If you provide your contact details on the final page you will have a chance to win one of five $100 shopping vouchers.

The survey is available in:

 English: https://surveymonkey.com/s/D2H2FPK

Simplified Chinese / 中文: https://surveymonkey.com/s/XBSJ2KS

Vietnamese / tiếng Việt: https://surveymonkey.com/s/XBT6HNG

Arabic (please contact Stephanie for a hard copy)


If you would like to take part in an interview, require an Arabic version of the survey, or would like more information, please contact Stephanie at st921@uowmail.edu.au             or 0475 200 881.

It would be great to hear your perspective!









Stephanie has also published the post Exploring climate change in culturally diverse households.

Exploring climate change in culturally diverse Australian households

Australian residents, from a range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, are being sought to help researchers at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research answer the following questions:

How do Australians feel about climate change?
How might climate change affect Australian households?
How might Australians’ everyday lives change due to climate change?
Are Australians prepared to cope with these changes?
Are some households better prepared to cope than others? Continue reading

Free download: Household Sustainability

The cover of Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday LifeLast year Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life was published. You can now download the Introduction of the book for free.

The book is written by: Chris Gibson, Carol Farbokto, Nicholas Gill, Lesley Head and Gordon Waitt.

Contrary to the common rhetoric that being green is ‘easy’, household sustainability is rife with contradiction and uncertainty. Households attempting to respond to the challenge to become more sustainable in everyday life face dilemmas on a daily basis when trying to make sustainable decisions. Various aspects of life such as cars, computers, food, phones and even birth and death, may all provoke uncertainty regarding the most sustainable course of action. Drawing on international scientific and cultural research, as well as innovative ethnographies, this timely book probes these wide-ranging sustainability dilemmas, assessing the avenues open to households trying to improve their sustainability.

The book is now also available in paperback.

Seeking households for Warm as Toast project

Do you have some form of central heating or reverse cycle air conditioning at home? If so, please consider being part of a University of Wollongong research project called Warm as toast? Home heating and energy use in the Illawarra. We seek households who are willing to discuss their home heating practices and energy use, and have their household electricity measured over approximately three months over winter 2014.

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Illuminating wildfire vulnerability through environmental history

The following is a discussion of how environmental history recently has broadened my understanding of wildfire vulnerability. It is based on my reflections from the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) conference in San Francisco, which together with the Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference in Tampa bracketed my recent trip to USA. The purpose of attending both conferences was to share key lessons on gendered dimensions of wildfire vulnerability and resilience as presented in my new book. Yet, the format of my input to each conference was distinctively different. Continue reading

Shards of the past and seeds of the future

Pondering the details of everyday life in the Bronze Age, as I did in a post several weeks ago, took me back to a discussion between Nigel Clark and Michelle Bastian at the RGS-IBG conference in late August. They wondered how we might need to reassemble the shards of the past in different ways in the future. As I pack up to leave Gothenburg and head home, my head is spinning with ideas, comparisons and lists of things to do. So I will just present a few thoughts as disconnected shards that may or may not sit together in a strong stone wall.

Stone wall, Gotland. Photo: L. Head

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Householder Bushfire Preparedness Survey

Do you live in Australia? If so, please click here to participate in our online survey of householders’ bushfire preparedness. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete.

The survey is being conducted by AUSCCER and the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong as part of a study funded by the NSW Rural Fire Service. It will support the development of an online Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool.

Please complete the survey by 20 February 2013 and forward the link to colleagues, neighbours, friends and family who might be interested in taking part in this study.

For further information, please contact Dr Christine Eriksen via email: ceriksen(at)uow(dot)edu(dot)au

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution.

Living and working with bushfire

Carbon Canyon, Southern California

In pursuit of lifestyle change, affordable property, and proximity to nature, people from all walks of life are moving to the rural-urban interface. Tragic bushfires and a predicted increase in high fire danger weather with climate change have triggered concern for the safety of such amenity-led migrants in bushfire-prone landscapes. Continue reading

Illawarra Flame – UOW and the International Solar Decathlon

Some recent AUSCCER Blog posts have been exploring issues around practical responses to climate change, including how we keep warm or keep cool in the Illawarra. In this vein, for the last few months, I have been working with a team of students, academics and professionals from UOW, Illawarra TAFE, and local professional practices, on UOW’s entry in the International Solar Decathlon. This team will pit its skills at designing, building and retrofitting a solar-powered house against some of the best universities in the world in the finals of the 2013 Solar Decathlon: China competition. Team UOW will compete against 24 teams from 13 countries in a bid to design, build and operate an advanced and appealing solar-powered house that is not only energy efficient but also cost effective to build. Continue reading

Keeping warm, keeping cool at home: new AUSCCER-SBRC project

On reading Chris Gibson’s post on wood fires in his Sydney home, my immediate thoughts were of my own wood fire memories. Being in country New South Wales rather than inner-city Sydney, they are perhaps not so surprising. At my childhood home we spent winter evenings in the living room around the fire, but more vivid memories stem from visits to my grandparents’ farm in northern NSW. During Christmas or Easter visits, one of the main jobs for anyone in the family was stocking the woodshed: finding the best fallen dry wood on the farm, sawing it up and carting logs back to the house paddock, feeding the logs through another saw and/or splitting some into smaller pieces for the kitchen stove or for kindling. Us kids helped stack the wood and collected piles of pine cones to use as fire starters. A good job was done when the shed was full. Daily chores included cleaning and resetting the fireplace. One year it was so cold we had to light the living-room fire on Christmas Day! Continue reading