Dr Supriya Mathew

Ph.D, M.Tech, M.Sc

University fellow

Supriya is a multi-disciplinary researcher whose research interest is in addressing the research gap between climate sciences and adaptation decision-making. She is currently examining suitable adaptation pathways for industries and communities in Australia. Prior to joining CDU, she worked in a NCCARF funded project at Macquarie University, Sydney to develop an excel-based decision-making tool to assist local governments’ prioritise adaptation options. Her doctoral research involved local government collaborators in Australia and India and developed a decision framework that enabled adaptation decision-making to extreme climatic events.

Research Interests

  • Effects of climate change on health
  • Heat stress mitigation through vegetation
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of climatic impacts
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Catastrophic risk modelling and risk management
  • Climate adaptation by institutions and communities in Australia and  India
  • Understanding and addressing barriers to adaptation actions
  • Assessing energy crisis for remote Australia and adaptation pathways

Current Research Projects

  • NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility) projects with Macquarie University - $120,000
    Project 1: Exploring various valuation methods in climate adaptation decision-making
    Project 2: Role of monitoring and evaluation in climate adaptation decision-making
  • CDU Menzies Collaborative Grant project - Identifying the impact of extreme heat on high rates of pre-term birth, low birth-weight and peri-natal mortality amongst Central Australians, with the Menzies School of Health Research. $40,000 
  • Northern territory International Education and Training Hub project - Role of international student awards and ambassador programmes in Australian states and territories, NT Department of Education consultancy. $12,000 
  • Faculty of Law, Education, Business & Arts small grant - Exploring the role of native plants and bush plants in mitigating heat stress, with Monash University and Ninti one. $5,000 
  • CRC Remote Economic Participation project - Climate change adaptation and energy futures in remote Australia.
    The project seeks solutions that can be implemented by households and businesses to reduce the intensity of climate change impacts and identify opportunities for ‘carbon’ enterprises in remote Australia

Link to Research Publications

Supriya Mathew


T: +61 8 8959 5449
E: supriya.mathew@cdu.edu.au

Alice Springs NT