Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann

Senior Lecturer, Programme Convenor

Qualifications: PhD (UNICAMP), MUEnvP (Griffith University), MEd (UNICAMP), BBioSc (UNICAMP), LBioSc (UNICAMP)

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About Silvia

Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann is a Senior Lecturer at the Environmental Planning Programme. Before joining The University of Waikato she was a Senior Research Fellow for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia. Her association with the CRC-WSC involved the investigation of catchment scale landscape planning for water sensitive city-regions in light of climate change.

She is currently a partner investigator in two research projects funded by the Australian Research Council valued at AU$581,000: ARC Linkage (LP150100379) “Being on Country off Country”; and ARC Discovery (DP160103371)Managing environmental change through planning for transformative pathways”.

Since 2009 she has participated in many interdisciplinary research projects relating to climate change adaptation, including the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI), a 3-year multi-sectoral study of climate change adaptation in South East Queensland, focusing on the sectors of urban planning and management, coastal management, physical infrastructure, emergency management and human health; and the Climate Change Adaptation for Natural Resource Management in East Coast Australia.

Her research also focuses on community planning for disaster recovery and resilience, scenario planning, and action/ intervention research applied to planning for climate change adaptation.

She has published widely on topics related to water resource management, climate change adaptation, and urban and regional planning.


Coastal Zone Management; Environment Issues; Environmental Change; Environmental Impacts; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Resources and Planning

Research Interests

Her research interests are climate change adaptation, sustainability, urban and regional planning, environmental planning and water sensitive cities.

Recent Publications

  • Tennakoon, K., & Serrao-Neumann, S. (2020). Role of social belongingness during the post-disaster recovery. In W. Leal Filho, A. Azul, L. Brandli, A. Lange Salvia, P. Ozuyar, & T. Wall (Eds.), No Poverty. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69625-6_22-1

  • Serrao-Neumann, S., Di Giulio, G., & Low Choy, D. (2020). When salient science is not enough to advance climate change adaptation: Lessons from Brazil and Australia. Environmental Science & Policy, 109, 73-82. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.04.004 Open Access version:

  • Braga, A. C. R., Serrao-Neumann, S., & de Oliveira Galvão, C. (2020). Groundwater Management in Coastal Areas through Landscape Scale Planning: A Systematic Literature Review. Environmental Management. doi:10.1007/s00267-019-01244-w

  • Vieira, L. C., Serrao-Neumann, S., & Howes, M. (2019). Local action with a global vision: The transformative potential of food social enterprises in Australia. Sustainability (Switzerland), 11(23). doi:10.3390/su11236756

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Papers Taught


She welcomes enquiries from research candidates interested in researching climate change adaptation, natural resource management (water resources, ecosystem services), disaster risk reduction, and community recovery.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: I2.19C
Phone: + 64 (0) 7 837 9171