Coastal Collaboration Cluster

Coastal Collaboration Cluster

In conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

The Coastal Collaboration Cluster was a major research program aimed at developing approaches to better connect science with the needs of governments, communities and industries to meet coastal challenges. The Cluster unites diverse research capabilities across eight universities (Curtin University of Technology, Deakin University, Flinders University, University of Adelaide, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong) and CSIRO.

The Cluster composed of five thematic study groups across the eight universities:

  • Governance systems
  • Knowledge systems;
  • Socio-cultural context;
  • Adaptive learning; and
  • Synthesis.

The various themes were integrated by a keystone theme: Integration, Analysis and Synthesis, led by ANCORS under the coordination of Richard Kenchington (Professorial Fellow and Theme leader) and Debora De Freitas (Postdoctoral Research Fellow).

The Integration, Analysis and Synthesis theme played an active role in bringing the other themes together, and provided strong leadership, close cooperation and communication, while fostering a genuinely collaborative approach between the Cluster participants and with the relevant CSIRO Flagships teams. The primary and essential aim of the Integration, Analysis and Synthesis theme was to develop practical, workable strategies for progressing improved integrated management and communication between the many players with diverse needs, expectations and perspectives involved in the coastal zone. Such strategies included a core focus on how development, implementation and dissemination of the results of CSIRO scientific work might be developed to better contribute to overall outcomes for the future of the coastal zone. Integrating, distilling and testing lessons should increase understanding of how and why significant divergences may occur was a key outcome of this theme.

For more information visit the Coastal Collaboration Cluster website.

Last reviewed: 19 June, 2015