Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Network


We are a network of knowledge, expertise and education in climate change adaptation and resilience at the University of Canberra. This includes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as part of any solution. Our goal is to contribute and advance solutions for a more sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.

Our network builds on the activities and expertise of multidisciplinary teams across University of Canberra and nationally.

Risks and Impacts

Climate change is already affecting communities throughout the world. As the impacts of climate change become more apparent, researchers at the UC are developing new approaches to risks to reduce the impact and adapt to climate changes.


Climate adaptation helps individuals, communities, organisations and natural systems to deal with consequences of changing climate, including both preparedness and disaster management. At UC we are taking practical actions to research adaptation techniques to protect communities and strengthen the resilience.


Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to events, trends, or disturbances related to climate. Researchers at UC are committed to improving climate resilience by assessing how climate change will create new, or alter current, climate-related risks, and taking steps to better cope with these risks.


Climate change is already affecting communities throughout Australia, with 2020 the hottest year ever recorded across the globe. Australia has experienced changes in extreme weather, with more frequent and intense heatwaves, storms, flooding and bushfires. UC researchers across this network are actively involved with communities in the recovery process and support.

Professor Jacki Schirmer, Chair of CCARRN

Welcome to CCARRN

Welcome to the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Network (CCARRN) at the University of Canberra.

Beginning as a taskforce in response to the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires, our Network brings together experts on climate change and related fields from across the University on initiatives in research and education at UC and in our community.

CCARRN aims to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for people and the planet with our range of knowledge, expertise, and education in climate change adaptation and resilience.

The network has four key areas of focus: risks and impacts; adaptation; resilience; and recovery, and engages on local, national and international levels.

We welcome your participation in this Network – as a researcher, teacher, or community member – and invite suggestions and opportunities via the "How can we help?" form below.

Kind regards,

Professor Jacki Schirmer
Chair of CCARRN

Our capability and expertise

The University of Canberra is a young, vibrant, and pragmatic university based in Canberra – Australia’s capital city. We are a place where ideas are born, creativity is explored, and opportunity is created. With the University’s phenomenal trajectory and its remarkable growth in all aspects, UC has risen to one of the top 20 young universities in the world.

What's happening

Bouncing back from disaster: The role of local community organisations

The value of a community group can vastly transcend where you live, or the interests that you share with others – as the University of Canberra’s Professor Lain Dare and Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer have found, they often play an integral role in recovery and rebuilding after a natural disaster.

The Gab with Grattan: COP26

Welcome to the Gab with Grattan, a podcast series where Professorial Fellow of the University of Canberra and Chief Political Correspondent of the Conversation, Michelle Grattan sits down with experts from the University of Canberra to discuss current events from a policy and academic perspective.

UC Voices at COP26

University of Canberra students and staff from across various disciplines made sure to get involved in the COP26 global summit by hosting and participating in events throughout the conference.

Scaling Up: Case Studies in Collaborations between Cities and Higher Education Institutions

In this COP26 Side Event at the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 in Glasgow, CCARRN chair, Professor Barbara Norman presents as part of a panel of experts speaking on collaboration between cities and higher education.

COP26 – A Local Conversation

Join us for an online webinar to hear from local leaders about their experiences and aspirations for adapting to a changing climate across the Canberra region.

UC Professor: COP26 will shape our global future

University of Canberra Professor Barbara Norman says that this summit will set the trajectory for a global future.

UC cultural heritage students and staff to contribute to COP26 edit-a-thon

Over 250 students, researchers, and scholars – including eight representatives from the University of Canberra – will participate in a 24-hour Wikipedia edit-a-thon...

Disasters as Transformative Opportunities

This Special Event focuses on indigenous experiences of disaster recovery…

Greening up the Australian Capital Territory

Professor Barbara Norman leading the Australian Climate Change charge

From the Ashes: Australia Re-imagined

The more we are taking care of nature, the more we are taking care of ourselves…

How to recover from and rebuild better after the disaster

This talk is part of the Susan L. Cutter Seminar Series, organised by the ANU…

Cooperation, grassroots action and First Peoples’ knowledge will unlock Australia’s blue economy

There is an urgent need to manage our 'blue ribbon' in a more sustainable way.

How can we help?