This panel, led by Dr Cassandra Star from Flinders University, will provide an understanding of climate activism, investigating early examples and looking at key campaigns of the recent past. The panel will then turn to the future, considering developments including #SchoolStrikeforClimate. What this expresses about Australian society, it’s attitudes to science and civil society.
Dr Cassandra Star is Associate Professor of Public Policy in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University. She is currently Research Section Head and Research Theme Leader for Flinders Government. Cassandra’s research is concentrated on the interface between politics and the policy process and the subsequent impact of these dynamics on policy formation. In particular, the ways in which stakeholders shape and manipulate the climate policy agenda is the current focus of her work. Cassandra provides significant leadership within political science nationally and internationally, including convening the Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Committee for the Australian Political Science Association. She has in excess of 60 books, journal articles, book chapters and other papers across her career with prestigious publishers. She has been awarded visiting appointments and esteemed fellowships, including by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to conduct fieldwork on climate politics in Beijing.