DR Adam Bumpus

DR Adam Bumpus


  • Climate Change Governance and policy (Climate and development governance)
  • Climate Change Strategy (Climate Mitigation)
  • Environmental Communications
  • Innovation
  • International Development (Carbon Finance and Climate Compatibility)



  • Dr Bumpus is a climate change solutions expert. Since 2002, he has worked in environmental communications, and the role of technology in climate change and sustainable development. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Faculty of Science, with an ARC Fellowship on how incubators and accelerators are helping create clean energy entrepreneurs in Australia, the US and the EU. He is also a winner of Top 5 Under 40 Science Communicators at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and is a 2016 ABC Scientist in Residence.

    In 2001, he completed a B.Sc. (honours) in Ecology (First Class, 1:1) at the University of East Anglia, UK, and in 2004 obtained a Master of Arts in Environment, Politics and Globalization (Pass with Distinction) at the University of London, King's College. In 2009 Adam was awarded a degree as Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) from the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, at Oxford University. His DPhil was in Geography and the Environment: Carbon Markets and International Development. Both his masters and DPhil theses focused on the governance of carbon offsets and the use of carbon finance for community development and poverty alleviation in Latin America.

    Currently Dr Bumpus leads research on entrepreneurship and the clean energy economy, and the role of mobile phones in helping remote communities adapt to climate change and communicate local impacts. Adam has worked in developed and developing countries including Honduras, Ecuador, India, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.

    In addition to his academic work, Dr Bumpus works in the communications of climate change issues. This has included working in advertising, communications at United Nations conferences, and producing film and audio on environmental issues for national TV and Radio. He is the co-founder of the sustainability communications agency, Apidae, and consults for the UN, national governmen   


Member of

  • Association of American Geographers. Member 2010 - 2011


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • University of Melbourne ARC DECRA 2015-2018 - Scaling up low emissions technologies to the mainstream.

    Carlton Connect Facilitation Grant 2015 - Decarbonise Asia-Pacific Corporate Roundtable.

    Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) Facilitation Grant 2014 - Co-Designing Human-Computer Interfaces for Climate Adaptation in Fiji.

    Early Career Researcher Grant 2012 - Monitoring and Information of social impacts in climate projects in Pacific Islands.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Oxford 2009
  • MA, King's College London 2004
  • BSc(Hons), University of East Anglia 2001

Awards and honors

  • Award for Best Student Experience for GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management, University of Melbourne Faculty, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, 2012
  • Fellow of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 2009
  • Fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council, 2005



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • PhDs:

    2011 - 2015Thu Ba Huynh: REDD and Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam Forests. (supervised with Prof. Rod Keenan)

    2012 - 2016 Dora Carias Vega: An economic approach to the organization of community-forestry enterprises (supervised with Prof. Rod Keenan)

    2012 - Bunlong Leng: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into a Multilateral Development Bank-funded Development Project. (supervised with A/Prof. Simon Batterbury)

    2013 - Adrian Ford: Crossing the Bridge: Factors influencing the climate change related decision making of senior government and business decision makers (supervised with Prof. John Wiseman)

    2014 - Martin Wainstein: Low carbon economic transformation (Supervised with Prof. Roger Dargaville, Prof. Chris Ryan, Prof. John Wiseman)

    Masters Students:

    2011-12. Paul Chandler: The role of climate bonds in financing low carbon infrastructure and an analysis of the barriers to their further use. Completed; Pass with Distinction)

    2013-2013 Sarah Barker: Directors’ Duties In The Anthropocene: Liability For Corporate Harm Due To Inaction On Climate Change (Supervised with A/Prof. Paul Ali (Faculty of Law)).

    Honours students:

    2013. Chelsea Mullins: Crowd sourcing climate change transitions: a multi-level perspective (MLP) on transitions from fossil energy addiction to community owned renewable energy (CRE) (Pass with Distinction)

    2013. Jayden Holmes: Limits to Adaptation: Discourse and Governance of Climate Change Loss and Damage in Pacific Small Island Developing States (Pass with Distinction)