Bec Colvin

Australian National University

Dr Bec Colvin is a social scientist and lecturer at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. She researches social conflict about climate, energy and environment policy, with a particular focus on the role of social identity dynamics in conflict. Her research interests span discourse in the public sphere through to localised conflicts at the community level. Bec co-convenes the Master of Climate Change program, and teaches courses on policy communication & quantitative research methods.


Rebecca M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt, & Justine Lacey. “Power, perspective, and privilege: The challenge of translating stakeholder theory from business management to environmental and natural resource management,”

Journal of Environmental Management, 271, 110974 (October 2020).

Inez Harker-Schuch, Steven Lade, Franklin Mills, & Rebecca M. Colvin. “Opinions of 12 to 13-year-olds in Austria and Australia on the concern, cause and imminence of climate change,”

Ambio (September 2020).

Nicholas Badullovich, Will J. Grant, & Rebecca M. Colvin. “Framing climate change for effective communication: A systematic map,”

Environmental Research Letters  (July 2020).

Rebecca M. Colvin, Steven Crimp, Sophie Lewis, & Stuart Mark Howden. “Implications of Climate Change for Future Disasters.”
In Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours,

London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan  (January 2020).

Rebecca M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt,  Justine Lacey, & Rod McCrea. “The role of conflict framing and social identity in public opinion about land use change: An experimental test in the Australian context,”

Environmental Policy and Governance 30, 84-98 (January 2020).

Rebecca M. Colvin, Luke Kemp, Anita Talberg, Clare De Castella, Christian Downie et al. “Learning from the climate change debate to avoid politicisation and polarisation on negative emissions,”

Environmental Communication 14, 23-35 (July 2019).

Christopher Cvitanovic, Stuart Mark Howden, Rebecca M. Colvin, Albert Norström, Alison M. Meadow, & P. F. E. Addison. “Maximising the benefits of participatory climate adaptation research by understanding and managing the associated challenges and risks,”

Environmental Science & Policy 94, 20-31 (April 2019).

Glenn Althor, Simon Mahood, G. Bradd Witt, Rebecca M. Colvin, & James E. M. Watson. “Large-scale environmental degradation results in inequitable impacts to already impoverished communities: A case study from the floating villages of Cambodia,”

Ambio 47, 747-459 (February 2018).

Justine Lacey, Stuart Mark Howden, Christopher Cvitanovic, & Rebecca M. Colvin. “Understanding and managing trust at the climate science–policy interface,”

Nature Climate Change 8, 22-28 (December 2017).

Rebecca M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt, & Justine Lacey. “The social identity approach to understanding socio-political conflict in environmental and natural resources management,”

Global Environmental Change 34, 237-246 (September 2015).

Media Coverage

Bec Colvin’s research on climate policy conflict discussed by Clara Ferreira Marques. Why Aren’t We Heeding Mother Nature’s Warnings?Bloomberg Opinion, September 20, 2020.

Bec Colvin’s research on energy transitions discussed by Blake Matich. “A ‘just transition’ just about the only transition worth having,” PV Magazine, July 29, 2020.

Bec Colvin’s research on energy transitions discussed by Michael Mazengarb. “Governments must prepare communities for inevitable coal phase out, experts warn,” Renew Economy, July 28, 2020.

Bec Colvin’s research on Australian climate politics discussed by Bo Seo. “How politicians drive the climate wars,” Australian Financial Review, February 12, 2020.

Bec Colvin’s research on Australian climate discourse discussed by Annette Lin. “Why Climate Denial Survives While Australia Burns,” The New Republic, January 14, 2020.

Bec Colvin’s research on negative emissions discourse discussed by Eloise Gibson. “The new left-right divide on climate,” Newsroom, November 22, 2019.

Bec Colvin’s research on the politics and discourse of negative emissions discussed by Daisy Dunne, Leo Hickman, & Robert McSweeney. “Negative emissions: Scientists meet in Sweden for first international conference,” Carbon Brief, May 25, 2018.