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Women in climate change acknowledged

Dr Anna Lyth has been recognised by the IUCN on International Women’s Day for her work on climate change.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has launched an initiative to acknowledge the work of women in this growing area of research.

Dr Lyth from the Graduate School of the Environment has had a long standing interest and activity working on climate change issues in urban areas.

“I have had a passionate interest in the environment for a long time, and it was great for the IUCN to acknowledge my work.”

Dr Lyth wrote her PhD in the early 1990s about opportunities for urban and transport planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since then she has worked in the corporate sector, academia and as a consultant.

Dr Anna Lyth has been passionate about the environment for many years

Dr Anna Lyth's research focuses on the impact of climate change in relation to urban planning and transport

“People’s awareness of climate change has improved, but we still have a long way to go,” believes Dr Lyth.

A career highlight of Dr Lyth's was working on the Clean Air 2000 project when employed by the NRMA. “It focused on how we could reduce car use and increase public transport use. It was a very exciting project but it was ten years ago and in many ways public awareness can still improve.”

With a surge of global interest on climate change her work now includes a focus on building the capacity of built environment professionals for responding to, and preparing for, climate change through adaptation planning.

“There is a shortage of experts in this field. We are looking to build capacity in the area of climate change. Climate change is going to impact society on a myriad of levels and we need to be innovative and look forward for solutions,” says Dr Lyth.

Dr Lyth is currently a project leader with the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES) for the venture, ‘Shifting towards sustainability: An action inquiry into the professional development of engineers, architects and planners in climate change adaptation’

“Local government is looking for guidance on planning for climate change. It is a real niche area of expertise; programs like Macquarie’s Master of Environmental Planning are unique because they embed climate change issues and responses into the program.”

For further information on Macquarie’s Graduate School of the Environment, visit the website. For more information about research opportunities at Macquarie University, visit the Higher Degree Research Unit website 


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