Carina Wyborn

Carina Wyborn PhD

Carina Wyborn PhD

Research Adviser

Carina is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human ecology. Her research focusses on knowledge co-production in climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Carina’s research examines the connections between science, policy and practice, and the capacities that enable effective and ethical decision-making in conservation governance. In her postdoctoral research, Carina worked closely with US federal agencies in southern Colorado to develop approaches that integrate climate adaptation into land management decision-making in the context of uncertainty. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between science
and governance in large landscape connectivity conservation in Australia and North America.

Carina sits on the board of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Oceania Chapter and is co-chair of SCB’s Global Social Media Committee. She is an active member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Area’s Oceania section, Young Professionals Network and Mountains and Connectivity theme.

Her research interests include knowledge co-production; the interactions between science, policy and practice; environmental governance; climate adaptation; and the theory and practice of transdiciplinary, interdisciplinary and integrative research.


PhD, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2012).
First Class Hons. Human Ecology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2007).
BA, Development studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2006).


  • Wyborn, C. (2015) “Connecting knowledge with action through co-productive capacities: adaptive governance and connectivity conservation.” Ecology and Society 20(1):11
  • Wyborn, C. (2015) “Co-productive governance: Building relationships between science and governance to connect knowledge with action.” Global Environmental Change 30:56-67
  • Pulsford, I., Lindenmayer, D., Wyborn, C., Lausche, B., Worboys, G., Vasilijević, M., Zunckel, K., Lefroy, T. and Farrier, D. (2015) “Connectivity conservation corridor management.” In Worboys, G.L., Lockwood, M., Kothari, A., Feary, S. and Pulsford, I. (eds) Protected Area Governance and Management, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia.
  • Wyborn, C. (2014) “Cross-scale linkages in connectivity conservation: Adaptive governance challenges in spatially distributed networks.” Environmental Policy and Governance. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1657
  • Wyborn, C. Yung, L. Murphy, D. Williams, D. (2015) “Situating adaptation: How governance challenges and perceptions of uncertainty influence adaptation in the Rocky Mountains.” Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0663-3
  • Wyborn, C., Dovers, S. (2014) “Prescribing adaptiveness in agencies of the state.” Global Environmental Change, 24:5-7.
  • Wyborn, C., Bixler, R.P. (2013) “Collaboration and nested environmental governance: Scale dependency, scale framing, and cross-scale interactions in collaborative conservation.” Journal of Environmental Management, 123:58-67.
  • Wyborn, C. (2013) “A Collaborative future for conservation: Lessons from connectivity conservation.” In Figgis, P. Fitzsimons, J. Irving, J. (eds) Innovation in 21st Century Conservation, CSIRO Publishing, pp 34-69.
  • Wyborn, C. (2013) “Collaboration across scales: The governance challenges of linking landscapes.” In Fitzsimons, J. Pulsford, I. Wescott, G. (eds) Linking Australia’s Landscapes, CSIRO Publishing, Chapter 26.
  • Wyborn, C., Jellinek, S. Cooke, B. (2012) “Negotiating multiple motivations in the science and practice of ecological restoration.” Ecological Management and Restoration 13(3):1-5.
  • Wyborn, C. (2011) “Landscape scale ecological connectivity in Australia: Survey and analysis.” Pacific Conservation Biology. 17(2):121-130.
  • Cleland, D., Wyborn, C. (2010) “A reflective lens: applying critical systems thinking and visual methods to ecohealth research.” Ecohealth, 7(4):414-424.
  • Wyborn, C. and Cleland, D. (2010) “Fences and windows: Using visual methods to explore conflicts in land and seascape management.” In Brown, V. Russell, J. & Harris, J. (eds) Tackling wicked problems: through the transdisciplinary imagination, Earthscan, London Chapter 8b, pp 161-170.
  • Wyborn, C. (2009) “Managing change or changing management: Climate change and human use in Kosciuszko National Park.” Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 16(4):35-44.
  • Holdsworth, S. Wyborn, C. Bekessy, S. Thomas I. (2008) “Professional development for education for sustainability: How advanced are Australian Universities?” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 9 (2):131-146.
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