Saffron O’ Neill

Saffron O' Neill

Position: Researcher

Institution: University of Melbourne and visiting fellow at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.

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Biography

Saffron completed a BSc. Geography at the School of Geography, University of Southampton. She completed her PhD at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia in 2008. Saffron currently is a Research Fellow in the Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of climate adaptation network, part of the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. She remains a Visiting Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.

Saffron's latest research has explored visual representations of climate change in the international media, and public engagement with these images. Recent collaborative research has investigated the social dimensions of bushfire risk and household preparedness (for the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission); and the concept of ‘maladaptation', particularly in regard to water management and migration.

Saffron's research interests focus on the interactions between society, policy and climate science. She's particularly interested in how people conceptualise climate change mitigation and adaptation - through their knowledge, emotions and behaviours. Her work in engaging the public with climate change goes beyond academia, with past projects including a Silver Lindley medal-winning garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 'The 2050 Garden'. Saffron has been interviewed by the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and Teachers TV.

Saffron has published 10 articles in a range of journals. View Scopus profile.