PhD candidate, Emma Austin, from the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) in the Faculty of Science, has been awarded a National Council of Women New South Wales (NCW NSW) Australia Day Award. The awards recognise talented young women across NSW from a range of research fields. The NCW NSW provides these awards as part of their continuing commitment to social justice and women’s welfare, aiming to elevate the role of women in society.
Emma’s research investigates the links between drought and mental health and well being in rural Australia. Importantly, Emma focuses on how this relationship impacts people’s capacity to adapt to future droughts, a significant concern given the likelihood of increased frequency and duration of drought as a result of climate change.
Emma’s research is inherently multidisciplinary bridging the areas of climate science, social science and public health and, in addition to the Faculty of Sciences, also involves supervisors from the Centre for Resources Health and Safety (Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources) and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (Faculty of Health and Medicine). Emma is co-supervised by Associate Professor Anthony Kiem from the Discipline of Earth Science.
Emma acknowledges she is incredibly lucky to work in an area that offers the opportunity to assist people to adapt to climate variability and change, one of the greatest global threats to human health.
Emma will receive her award at Parliament House in Sydney on 24th January 2018.