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A social and environmental scientist with over twelve years practical experience in environmental management and research, Carmen has been involved in diverse research areas from risk assessment, policy development, program design and evaluation, institutional analysis and mainstreaming climate change adaptation. She has practical experience in critiquing the design and implementation of human development programs (i.e. climate change adaptation development assistance) and scientific research projects (i.e. technical scientific assessments).

Carmen’s training as a social scientist in conjunction with her experience in coastal management and planning allow her to play a pivotal role in policy development, institutional analysis and climate change mainstreaming. Carmen has provided technical advice to mainstream climate change into integrated coastal zone management and environmental impact assessment. She has delivered climate adaptation policy advice to the United Nations Development Program in Albania, the Western Australian Department of Water and the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in the areas of water, local government, biodiversity and weather extremes.

Carmen has trained and mentored representatives from national and local governments in approaches to climate change assessment and adaptation planning. Carmen has worked with various clients, such as UNEP in SE Asia and Africa, the World Bank in the Pacific, and AusAID, both in Australia and in the Pacific. In Australia, Carmen has worked with a large number of Australian local government and regional government authorities, as well as State agencies.