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Celeste Young
Collaborative Research Fellow
Phone number:
(03) 9919 1347
Email address:
celeste.young@vu.edu.au

Professional experience
Celeste Young is a sustainability/climate change professional who works as a communication and operational specialist with a particular interest in innovation and the use of creative and business processes.  Her primary work focus is with trans-disciplinary projects across diverse stakeholders to build greater understanding and capacity. She has worked for organisations such BAE Systems, the Western Alliance For Greenhouse Action (WAGA), the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) and most recently, Victoria University as a Research Manager and Researcher with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) project 'Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change'.

Celeste has developed a number of strategies and plans related to sustainability and Climate Change for organisations including RMIT University, VCCCAR, WAGA, Envirogroup and Victoria University. She  has also developed a number of programs relating to the communication of climate change and implementation of actions. Her program Smart Sustainable Secure received a BAE Recognition Achievement Award and her innovation learning program, Council Connections was recently featured in the Victorian State Adaptation Plan.

Her communication framework which was presented in poster form at the NCCARF Conference 2012, Adaptation in Action and won the best overall poster prize. This framework was based upon successful communication processes across industry, the arts, not for profit organisations, government sectors and research bodies. It is currently used by researchers and practitioners in the adaptation sector globally and has been translated into Spanish. Her particular research interests are: Innovation, communication and implementation in the area of sustainability and climate change.

She has experience working in diverse sectors such as government (all levels), research, community, arts and industry sectors and has extensive networks as a result. Celeste has a particular interest in the Western Region of Melbourne where she has lived for the last 18 years. 

Celeste speaks regularly at seminars on the subjects of communication and implementation relating to climate change and sustainability. She has served on a number of steering committees and has been a Board Member of Platform Youth Theatre.

Publications

Research reports

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, 'Institutional Maps of Risk Ownership for Strategic Decision Making', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 46 pp.

Young, C., Jones, R. and Symons, J. 2016, 'Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale, Annual Project Report 2015–2016', to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 18 pp.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, 'Understanding Values at Risk And Risk Ownership: Workshop Synthesis Report', Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 115 pp.

Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Symons, J. 2015, 'Mapping Values at Risk from Natural Hazards at Geographic and Institutional Scales: Framework Development', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, July, 37 pp.

Jones, R.N., Symons, J. and Young, C. K. 2015,' Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure: Green Paper', Climate Change Working Paper No. 24, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, 77 pp.

Symons, J., Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Rasmussen, B. 2015, 'Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure: Literature Review', Climate Change Working Paper No 23, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K., Jones, R.N. and Symons, J. 2015, 'Mapping and Understanding our Values at Risk and Risk Ownership: Context Paper', workshop context paper for Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 33 pp.

Young, C.K., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, 'Investing in Growth: Understanding the Value of Green Infrastructure Workshop Report', Report to City of Melbourne, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K. and Jones, R.N. 2015, 'Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale: Annual Report 2014-2015', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, January, 9 pp.

Young, C.K., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, 'Whose Risk is it Anyway? Desktop Review of Institutional Ownership of Risk Associated with Natural Hazards and Disasters', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Bodman, R.W., Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2014, ‘Workshop Report – The Science Policy Nexus: Assessing Climate Policy in an Imperfect World’, report for the VU RDG Project Exploring Science–Policy Links for the New Generation of Climate Change Scenarios, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2014, ‘Annual Report 2014: Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale’, BNHCRC Project B2, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C., Jones, R. and Symons, J. 2014, ‘Investing in Growth: Understanding the Value of Green Infrastructure’, context paper prepared for Investing in Growth Workshop, VISES and City of Melbourne, 18 September.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2014, ‘Investing in Growth: Understanding the Value of Green Infrastructure – Workshop Report’, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C. 2014, ‘The Problem Solution Framework: Process Guidance for Adaptation Practitioners’, Online Resource for Adaptation Practitioners, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Book chapter

Jones, R., Young, C. and Symons, J. 2015, ‘Risk Ownership and Natural Hazards: Across Systems and Across Values’, refereed paper presented at AFAC15: New Direction in Emergency Management, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Adelaide, 1-3 September 2015, in M. Rumsewicz (ed.) 2015, Research Proceedings from the 2015 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC Conference, 1-3 September 2015, Adelaide, Australia, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. ISBN: 978-0-9941696-5-5.