Dr Sebastian Thomas is a transdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy, environmental management, and sustainability economics and policy. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected biophysical, economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental governance.
In the context of global change issues – including technology, climate and environment, new economic forces, social movements and conflicts, and resource constraints – he investigates how communities can connect to global economic and policy frameworks to achieve resilient and prosperous sustainability outcomes. His research interests include the blue economy, vulnerability and resilience, ‘blue carbon’ in coastal ecosystems and its role in sustainable development, ocean governance, energy transitions, and the role of educational innovation in adapting to global challenges. Dr Thomas is a lecturer in the Office for Environmental Programs, and affiliated with the Australia-Indonesia Centre, the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, the EU Centre for Shared Complex Challenges, and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. He has extensive experience working in the Asia-Pacific as a business leader and research scientist. He currently coordinates Sustainability Governance and Leadership (MULT90004), and supervises Master's and PhD research students. Sebastian is a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award winner (2011) and a Wentworth Group Scholar (2013). He welcomes enquiries from firms and NGOs seeking to enhance their strategic capabilities and innovation practices, and from prospective doctoral candidates interested in high impact applied research programs. More information can be found at the Sustainability Lab website www.sustainabilitysciencelab.com.
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Building Coalitions And Processes To Support Community Empowerment Through Renewable Energ..
Social approaches to energy transition cases in rural Italy, Indonesia and Australia: Iter..
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Constraints and opportunities for market-based finance for the restoration and protection of blue carbon ecosystems
Mathew A Vanderklift, Raymundo Marcos-Martinez, James RA Butler, Michael Coleman, Anissa Lawrence, Heidi Prislan, Andrew DL Steven, Sebastian Thomas
Journal article | 2019 | Marine Policy
Safeguarding the blue planet: Six strategies for accelerating ocean protection
J Hastings, S Thomas, V Burgener, K Gjerde, D Laffoley, R Salm, L McCook, L Pet-Soede, WM Eichbaum, M Bottema, G Hemley, J Tanzer, C Roberts, H Govan, HE Fox
Journal article | 2012 | PARKS - The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Lecturer (Sustainability Governance)
Ecosystem And Forest Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Queensland
Master of Environmental Management
The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Arts
University of Sydney