Tayanah O’Donnell

Australian Capital Territory, Canberra

Climate adaptation expert, author

Tayanah has long been interested in how coastal communities are adapting to climate change. Drawing on her legal and social science backgrounds, she recently completed a PhD examining how two coastal regions – Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie – are responding to a changing environment. Tayanah’s research examines the relationship between law and climate adaptation from government, private sector and community perspectives. She is now working on a book featuring stories of coastal adaptation and new academic insights, as well as evidence for industry, government and the community at a critical time. This grant will help Tayanah undertake further fieldwork and analysis in order to produce her book.