Our People


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 project, currently under development, will begin on 1 July 2017. It will investigate how diversity is understood and practiced in emergency management, identify the constraints and enablers in implementing inclusion activities, and understand how diversity can serve to enhance the current operational environment and systems.

Research team

Year Type Citation
2016 Report Young, C., Jones, R. & Symons, J. Understanding values at risk and risk ownership workshop synthesis report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
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).
2015 Report Young, C. & Jones, R. Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale Annual Report 2014. (2015).
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).
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.

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