Carina Wyborn

Carina Wyborn

Carina is the Research Advisor at the Luc Hoffmann Institute. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a research focus on knowledge co-production in climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Carina is particularly interested in the connections between science, policy and practice, and the capacities that enable effective and ethical governance for conservation. In practice, this has meant working with conservation agencies and NGOs in Australia, the US and Colombia on climate adaptation, collaborative governance and connectivity conservation. She is an active member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and on the weekends can be found playing in the mountains or cooking up a storm.

In her own words...

For me, transformation is a difficult word to pin down - what is it? how do we know when it has happened? what is the impact? I think we expect that there will be some big flash or bang and we say "oh look transformation", but in reality these processes are much more diffuse, happening on different time scales in different places and with different impacts on people and ecosystems. When I think about this in a biodiversity conservation context, the ultimate challenge is whether or not are systems of knowledge and governance are prepared for the changes that are coming and whether we can get ahead of the curve to anticipate rather than react to change, to minimise the potential negative impacts on the social and ecological values that we care about.

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