Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann

Silvia Serrao-Neumann

Senior Lecturer

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

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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Kabir, M. E., Davey, P., Serrao-Neumann, S., & Hossain, M. (2018). Seasonal drought thresholds and internal migration for adaptation: Lessons from Northern Bangladesh. In M. Hossain, R. Hales, & T. Sarker (Eds.), Pathways to a Sustainable Economy. Bridging the Gap between Paris Climate Change Commitments and Net Zero Emissions (pp. 167-189). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67702-6

  • Pazmiño, A., Serrao-Neumann, S., & Choy, D. L. (2018). Towards comprehensive policy integration for the sustainability of small islands: A landscape-scale planning approach for the Galápagos Islands. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10(4), 1-29. doi:10.3390/su10041228 Open Access version:

  • Serrao-Neumann, S., Cox, M., & Low Choy, D. (2018). Bridging adaptive learning and desired natural resource management outcomes: Insights from Australian planners. Planning Practice & Research, 20 pages. doi:10.1080/02697459.2018.1549188

  • Serrao-Neumann, S., Crick, F., & Low Choy, D. (2018). Post-disaster social recovery: disaster governance lessons learnt from Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Natural Hazards, -online, 1-18. doi:10.1007/s11069-018-3345-5

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

Contact Details

Room: I2.19C
Phone: + 64 (0) 7 837 9171