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Celeste Young is Collaborative Research Fellow at Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies. She is a sustainability/climate change professional who works as a communication and operational specialist with a particular interest in innovation and the use of creative and business processes.

Her primary work focus is with trans-disciplinary projects across diverse stakeholders to build a greater understanding and capacity. She has worked for organisations such BAE Systems, the Western Alliance For Greenhouse Action (WAGA), the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) and most recently, Victoria University as a Research Manager and Researcher with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) project 'Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change'.

Celeste has developed a number of strategies and plans related to sustainability and Climate Change for organisations including RMIT University, VCCCAR, WAGA, Envirogroup and Victoria University. She has also developed a number of programs relating to the communication of climate change and implementation of actions. Her program Smart Sustainable Secure received a BAE Recognition Achievement Award and her innovation learning program, Council Connections was recently featured in the Victorian State Adaptation Plan.

Her communication framework which was presented in poster form at the NCCARF Conference 2012, Adaptation in Action and won the best overall poster prize. This framework was based upon successful communication processes across industry, the arts, not for profit organisations, government sectors and research bodies. It is currently used by researchers and practitioners in the adaptation sector globally and has been translated into Spanish. Her particular research interests are: Innovation, communication and implementation in the area of sustainability and climate change.

She has experience working in diverse sectors such as government (all levels), research, community, arts and industry sectors and has extensive networks as a result. Celeste has a particular interest in the Western Region of Melbourne where she has lived for the last 18 years.

Project leadership

This new study, which began in July 2017, will focus on understanding how diversity is understood and practiced in the emergency management sector. It will also identify the constraints and enablers in implementing inclusion activities, and explore how diversity can serve to enhance the current operational environment and systems in order to provide a practical evidence-based framework tailored to the emergency management context that supports development and implementation of diversity programs.
Research team:
Year Type Citation
2017 Report Jones, R., Young, C. & Symons, J. Mapping values and risks from natural hazards at geographic and institutional scales: framework development. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Young, C. & Jones, R. Risk ownership for natural hazards: summary of key research findings. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Young, C., Jones, R., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G. & Casey, N. Risk ownership framework for emergency management policy and practice. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Conference Paper Young, C. & Jones, R. The uncomfortable conversation: understanding value through risk ownership. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Report Young, C., Jones, R. & Symons, J. Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Young, C., Symons, J. & Jones, R. Institutional maps of risk ownership for strategic decision making. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Young, C., Jones, R. & Symons, J. Understanding values at risk and risk ownership workshop synthesis report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Report Young, C., Jones, R. & Symons, J. Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Conference Paper Jones, R., Young, C. & Symons, J. Risk ownership and natural hazards: across systems and across values - peer viewed. Adelaide Conference 2015 (2015).
2015 Report Young, C., Symons, J. & Jones, R. Whose risk is it anyway?. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Young, C. & Jones, R. Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2014 Report Young, C. The Problem Solution Framework. (2014).

Posters credited

Communicating Dynamic Risk in a Connected World; Perceptions and Possibilities


Bushfires and natural hazards are a dynamic risk where risk levels are unpredictable and more likely to change or fluctuate quickly. They are also often systemic and can result in unanticipated outcoms. Communication in this area is crucial and is only effective if it is based upon a broader understanding of how people respond to dynamic risk and why.

Roger Jones Conference Poster 2016


The project has moved its focus from spatial mapping towards insitutional mapping to support strategic decision making surrounding prevention, preparedness, recovery and resilience using a multi-value approach.

Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability


People are one of the most important resources for an organisation. Who is employed and why, and how they are managed, is a key determinant in an organisation's capability to adapt and survive changing circumstances.

Introducing the risk ownership framework for emergency management policy and practice


This project aims to develop a framework for understanding the ownership of risks from bushfires and natural hazards at the institutional level in order to improve risk governance.

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 11 Sep 2015 Risk ownership of natural hazards: Across systems and across values Save (334.97 KB) multi-hazard, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 17 May 2016 Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale Save (2.81 MB) multi-hazard, risk analysis, vulnerability
Presentation-Slideshow 30 Aug 2016 Owning the future: risk ownership and strategic decision-making for natural hazards - Celeste Young Save (2.86 MB) multi-hazard, risk analysis, risk management
HazardNoteEdition 15 Dec 2016 What can economics offer emergency services? Save (891.78 KB) decision making, economics, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Diversity: Building Strength and Capability Save (569.1 KB) communities, multi-hazard, resilience
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Mapping and Understanding Natural Hazard Vulnerability at the Institutional Scale Save (1 MB) economics, multi-hazard, vulnerability
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Lightning presentation: diversity and inclusion Save (1.61 MB) communities, multi-hazard, resilience
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Understanding the value and challenges of risk mitigation Save (4.17 MB) economics, mitigation, resilience
HazardNoteEdition 30 Aug 2017 Understanding what risk is yours - and what to do about it Save (394.66 KB) decision making, policy, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 The uncomfortable conversation: understanding value through risk ownership Save (4.42 MB) economics, multi-hazard, vulnerability

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook