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

Professional experience
Celeste is a transdisciplinary researcher who produces high impact, end user focused research. She undertakes collaborative research with industry, community and government stakeholders to develop solutions that can be applied in end-user decision-making contexts. Her methodology of 'working from the inside out' uses systemic assessments and embeds research into decision-making systems. Co-design and linking research to ongoing training and learning in policy and practice, are central to this process.

Since joining Victoria University in 2012, Celeste has been awarded funding by and led research for: Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC), City of Melbourne, Victorian Centre of Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), Department of Environment Water Land and Planning (Vic), Department of Transport (Vic) (DoT), and Rail Manufacturing CRC (RMCRC).

She is currently research lead for BNHCRC (Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability project) and DoT/RMCRC (Reimagining the Workforce project).

Her work has been used by practitioners, trainers and researchers in the public and private sector in Australia and overseas. It has also been featured in state and federal government policy. Celeste has created a number of award winning research posters and advised government on climate change communication and practice and end-user research.

Since 2012, Celeste has led and co-authored numerous articles, papers and reports. She was also a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report Chapter – Foundations of Decision Making. She has been invited to present her work for key institutions and communities. Highlights include: Oxford University, State and Federal Government, the City of Melbourne, and the EU funded Impressions Project.

Celeste’s career spans the educational, arts, public and private sector. Formerly, she was an executive officer for the Western Alliance of Greenhouse Action, a stakeholder coordinator for VCCCAR, a consultant for local government and a quality officer at BAE Systems. She also has over 30 years experience as a communications professional and as a producer and practitioner in the arts. She has served on a number of committees including the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Financial Studies (2014–18) and board member of Platform Youth Theatre (2009–11).

Recent publications

Journal articles

Young, C., Jones, R., Maharaj, N. and Rasmussen, B. 2019, 'Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability: The pathway to achieving diversity benefits', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 5, pp. 35-44.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2019, 'Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: The long road', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 34, pp. 38-45.

Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2018, 'Valuing recovery through risk ownership', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 48-54.

Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2016, 'Owning the future: risk ownership and strategic decision-making for natural hazards', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 16-23.

Research reports

Young, C., Jones, R. N., Heenetigala, K., Ooi, D., Lung, S., and Parry, N. 2020, Reimagining the Workforce: The Victorian Rolling Stock Context: Literature Review, Report to Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C., Jones, R. N., Lung, S., Ooi, D., Parry, N., and Heenetigala, K. 2020, Reimagining the Workforce: Training for a Future Rolling Stock Workforce, Report to Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C., Parry, N., and Heenetigala, K. 2020, Reimagining the Workforce for Public Transport: Interim Action Plan, Report to Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C., Parry, N., and Heenetigala, K. 2020, Reimagining the Workforce: Organisational Context Assessment of Inclusion and Innovation in the Victorian Rolling Stock Sector, Report to Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Jones, RN., Lung, S. and Young, C. 2020, Reimagining the Workforce: The Economics of Rolling Stock Manufacturing, Maintenance and Operations for Victoria’s Public Transport Sector, Report to Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C. and Jones, R.N. 2020, Diversity and Inclusion Framework for Emergency Management Policy and Practice, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C. 2020, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability – Annual Report 2019, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, March.

Young. C. and Jones. R.N. 2019, Hazard Note 60: Making Diversity and Inclusion the New Normal in Emergency Services, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C. and Jones, R. 2019, Risky Business: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter – Into the Future: Building Skills and Capabilities for a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce, Workshop Synthesis and Key Findings, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, August.

Young, C. 2019, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability: Annual Report 2018, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, February.

Young, C., Taylor, J. and Cramer, Q. 2019, Shaping the New Norm: WAFA Conference 2018 Evaluation and QFES Workshop Synthesis, Women and Fire Fighting Australasia, Nowra.

Jones, R., Young, C., Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Fridman, M., Sweeny, K. 2018, Climate Change and Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing Scoping Study, Final Report to Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, VISES, Melbourne.

Young, C., Jones, R.N. and Kumnick, M. 2018, The Long Road: Building Effective Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Organisations: Case Study Synthesis and Draft Framework, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, July.

Young, C., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N., Cormack, C., Rasmussen, B. and Jones, R. 2018, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability: Research Summary, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Young, C., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N., Rasmussen, B. and Jones, R. 2018, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability: Literature Review, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, March.

Young, C.K. and Jones, R.N. 2017, Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale Project, Final Report to BNHCRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 36 pp.

Young, C.K., Jones, R.N., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G. and Casey, N. 2017, Risk Ownership Framework for Emergency Management Policy and Practice, Report to BNHCRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 115 pp.

Young, C.K. and Jones, R.N. 2017, Risk Ownership Summary: Key Research Findings, Report to BNHCRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 32 pp.

Young, C., Wilkins, T.M., Dilling, L., Vulturius, G. and Bergseng, A.M. 2017, Learning from Failures in Communication: Sharing Lessons from Research and Practice Workshop, European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 5–8 June 2017, Glasgow; UK Climate Impacts Programme, University of Oxford, Oxford.

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, Report 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., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, Fthe long : 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, 15 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. 2014, The Problem Solution Framework: Process Guidance for Adaptation Practitioners, Online Resource for Adaptation Practitioners, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Jones, R.N. and Young, C. 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.

Jones, R.N., Young, C.K., Handmer, J., Keating, A., Mekala, G.D. and Sheehan, P. 2013, Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change: Anticipatory Adjustments, Maladaptation and Transformation, Report to National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Gold Coast, CSES, Victoria University and RMIT University, Melbourne.

Jones, R.N., Young, C.K., Handmer, J., Keating, A., Mekala, G. and Sheehan, P. 2013, Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change: Research Summary for Policy Makers, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Jones, R. and Young, C. 2013, Beyond the Mean Workshop: Final Report, Report of the NCCARF Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Jones, R. and Young, C. 2013, Guidance Notes for reading the IPCC summary for policymakers, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K. and Jones, R.N. 2013, Building Bridges: Supporting Adaptation in Industry Think Tank Context Paper, Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCAR), CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.