Dr Ryan McAllister, Research Scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.
Dr Ryan McAllister: people, the environment, and policy
Dr Ryan McAllister studies how human behaviour interacts with our natural and built environments.
4 August 2010 | Updated 9 September 2013
Ryan is a behavioural economist with CSIRO's Ecosystem Sciences, Australia. He studies social behaviours that are shaped by key environmental processes, with a particular interest in institutions for managing variability, uncertainty and associated risks.
He spent many years exploring the mechanisms for coping with variability in arid and semi-arid Australia.
In the world of complex systems science, climate adaptation presents challenges and opportunities of unsurpassed magnitude. Each question involves so many stakeholders across so many sectors, but the rewards for getting this right are stunning.”
Dr Ryan McAllister, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
He has examined the distribution of the economic winners and losers from climate adaptations, how this impedes action, and the institutions that help overcome barriers to change. More recently he has been focusing on community participation in Australia’s biosecurity detection and response system.
Ryan was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland’s School of Economics, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, in 2002.
- Ryan led the ‘South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative’, a four-year, regional-scale, multi-sector partnership exploring cost effective ways to adapt to our changing climate.
- For more than five-years Ryan has been leading teams of researchers studying institutions and adaptation.
- Ryan has been published more than 30 times in international journals - see his full publishing history below.
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