Pyrosecurity: understanding and managing bushfires in a changing climate
Today, social and climatic changes are altering bushfires and their impacts, creating new uncertainties in how we anticipate them. This project seeks to reveal the cultural and political factors shaping how people and institutions engaged in managing bushfire are adapting to a changing world.
Bushfires are a serious natural hazard with major social, economic, and environmental impacts. Today, social and climatic changes are altering the intensity, frequency, and consequences of bushfires, creating significant uncertainties for how we anticipate them. This project seeks to identify how bushfire management can better adapt to a changing world by examining the cultural and political factors shaping the ways in which fire’s futures are now being predicted. Fire, for example, is treated in some cases as a risk to human life and property, while in other contexts it is a tool for creating tradeable carbon debts and credits. Drawing upon theories and methods of geography and science and technology studies, this project critically examines how bushfire management practitioners and institutions manage diverse uncertainties to try and make fire legible and governable.
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE190100233)