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Dr Hamish Clarke

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Dr Hamish Clarke

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Scholarship Project

I am working at the next frontier in bushfire risk assessment, the future. I will study climate change impacts on the critical drivers of bushfire: vegetation, dryness, ignitions and weather. I will work closely with fire managers and community members to make sure my work is useful and reflects their needs.

Biography

My career goal is to bring science and society closer together. Studying bushfire and climate change has given me plenty of opportunities to work across disciplines and with industry, government and the public. I believe it is by tapping into this collective expertise and providing a holistic perspective on the nature of bushfire risk that we can collectively take sustainable and effective action. 

 

I followed an unorthodox path before doing my PhD in climate science. Qualifications in business, international studies and biochemistry have given me a strong head for finance and marketing, a global outlook and a firm understanding of the molecular basis of life. Working in the public service gave me first-hand experience of environmental management and the science-policy interface.

 

The Westpac Research Fellowship is the logical next step for me, providing leadership development opportunities and diverse global networks which will help me to catalyse important advances in bushfire risk management and the public understanding of risk.

Skills & Expertise

  • Bush fire risks
  • Climate change impacts
  • Environmental management
  • Science communication
  • Community engagement

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