Dr Christopher Cvitanovic

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Dr Chris Cvitanovic is a Research Scientist specialising in knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement and the governance of marine resources. In doing so Chris draws on almost ten years of experience working at the interface of science and policy for the Australian Government Department of Environment, and then as a Knowledge Broker in CSIROs Climate Adaptation Flagship. Previously Chris' research has also focused on understanding the mechanisms underpinning the resilience of coral reef systems, primarily herbivory and water quality.

In its broadest sense, Chris' current research is focused on improving the uptake and impact of scientific research among end-users to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making for sustainable ocean futures. In doing so Chris has two primary focal research areas:

  1. Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers, including:
    • Identifying barriers to knowledge exchange;
    • Understanding options for improved knowledge exchange (e.g.- co-production, knowledge brokers, boundary organisation, etc);
    • Identifying the core capacities needed for improved knowledge exchange (i.e.- the institutional, financial, political, social and individual traits that underpin effective knowledge exchange);
    • The ethics of knowledge exchange; and
    • The influence of trust on knowledge exchange.

  2. Stakeholder/community engagement, including:
    • Understanding the importance of social networks, and how to leverage these to build adaptive capacity; and
    • Participatory research approaches, and how they can be tailored to specific contexts.

Chris has published papers on a range of topics including knowledge exchange, the science-policy interface, stakeholder engagement, marine governance, climate adaptation, and coral reef ecology. Many of his papers are published in top-tier journals including Nature Climate Change, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Management, Ecology and Society and Marine Policy. Chris is also a regular invited reviewer for a range of journals spanning multiple disciplines in relation to the environment and sustainability.