My research is driven by an inherent curiosity as to why we think the way we do, and what rules of thumb we use to justify what decision to make, how and why. At the global and national level, I am specifically interested on adaptation heuristics that are rules of thumb on how we can, could and should adapt to the impacts of climate change and how these assumptions either help or hinder our decision-making.
I’m a keen follower in particular of Gary Klein. Klein’s work in on the role of insights and intuition in decision-making points to an increasingly important awareness of how we accumulate knowledge and expertise, and how such patterns are used in decision-making. I am currently leading an Australian Research Council DECRA project on climate adaptation heuristics that seeks to challenge and raise discussion on many of the hidden but powerful heuristics that are at play when we start discussing what “effective” and “successful” adaptation to climate change looks like.