Simone Ruane

Associate student
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Simone Ruane

Simone’s project aims to make a contribution to the field of bushfire management and governance in local government areas by examining the connections and contentions that exists between urban planning, bushfire management and urban bushland conservation. Over the past two decades, southern Australia has experienced a pronounced increase in destructive bushfires. Simone’s study is focused within south west Western Australia, which is a bushfire prone region and a global biodiversity hotspot. Based on climate change projections, the frequency and intensity of bushfires in the region is expected to rise. Simone’s research has been featured in the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, examining how bushfire management measures can be adapted to minimise the interrelated social, environmental and economic impacts of fire in the landscape.

Student project

Over the past two decades, southern Australia has experienced a pronounced increase in destructive bushfire events. Based on climate change projections, the frequency and intensity of bushfires in the region is expected to rise. Although Australia has a long history of bushfire management, planning for bushfire is gaining increasing attention as both a critical policy issue and research priority.

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