Fellows Detail

Emeritus Professor Steve Dovers

BAppSc (Canberra), BLetters, PhD (ANU)

Elected: 2013

Discipline: Geography

Specialisation: Environmental Policy, Disaster Management, Climate Adaptation, Natural Resource Management


Emeritus Professor STEVE DOVERS was Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University, from 2009-2017, was an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and is an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University.  Following formal retirement in 2017, he continues to undertake research, supervision and teaching in environmental policy, disaster management and climate adaptation.


Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, ANU, 1996 – 2006
  • Professor, ANU, 2006 – 2017
  • Emeritus Professor, ANU, 2017 –

Other Key Appointments

  • Inaugural Chair, Management Committee, Future Earth Australia, 2017-18
  • Cluster Lead Research, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2013-17
  • Board Member, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network 2011-13
  • Advisory Council Member, Mulloon Institute, 2015-
  • Member, National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group 2012-13
  • Editorial Board, Environmental Science and Policy, Local Environments, Resilience, and Australasian Journal of Environmental Management


March, A, and Dovers, S. 2017. Mainstreaming urban planning for disaster risk reduction. In: Sipe, Vella (eds). Australian handbook of urban and regional planning. Taylor and Francis

Steele, W, Hussey, K, and Dovers, S. 2017. What’s critical about critical infrastructure? Urban Policy and Research. 35: 74-86.

Stephen Dovers and Karen Hussey (2013), Environment and sustainability: a policy handbook (2nd edition). Sydney: Federation Press

John Handmer and Stephen Dovers (2013), Handbook of disaster policies and institutions (2nd edition). London: Routledge/Earthscan

Stephen Dovers (2013), The Australian environmental policy agenda, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol 72: 114 – 128

S R Dovers and A A Hezri (2010), Institutions and policy processes: the means to the ends of adaptation, in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, Vol 1: 212 – 231

Stephen Dovers (2013), How much adaptation: are existing policy and institutions enough?, in Climate adaptation futures (pp: 97 – 102). Palutikof, J et al (eds). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

Stephen Dovers (2009), Normalizing adaptation, in Global Environmental Change, Vol 19: 4 – 6


Email: stephen.dovers [at] anu.edu.au

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