The Lab

The Lab

The Climate Change Innovation Lab Tasmania Limited (The Lab) is a Not-for-Profit Public Company. It explores real-world challenges that climate change poses to local economies, the environment, communities and governance systems and facilitates the ground-truthing of academic and economic research outcomes. It strives to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing between all levels of government, the private sector, research and educational institutions and the broader community.


The Lab’s objectives

  • To be a focal point and advocate for advancing the understanding of climate change issues and the implications for local communities.

  • To be a shopfront providing access to information and resources that increases the community understanding and awareness of climate change risk and opportunities.

  • To be a venue for the facilitation and dissemination of climate change scientific, social and adaptation case study research and data.

  • To showcase informed climate change planning, policy and risk evaluation methodologies and processes.

  • To showcase innovative initiatives using the arts and emerging technologies to communicate and stimulate community involvement in climate change planning.

  • To identify and incorporate issues/ opportunities for improving the resilience of local communities.


Meet the Team

All of our leadership team provide their services to the Lab on a voluntary basis. As part of the establishment phase of the Lab we are currently seeking internationally recognised specialists to be on our advisory board. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see who has joined to date.

The Lab Board

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Rod Knight - Director & Chair of the Board

Rod is the CEO of Landcare Tasmania, Chair of environmental consulting business Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd and a Director of the Lab. He has more than 25 years experience in the provision of scientific and professional services in the natural resources area, including in recent years in projects addressing climate change and adaptation.

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Ian Edwards - Director

Ian Edwards specialises in the socio-economic and financial implications of climate change adaptation. He is a chartered accountant with twenty years experience in national and international financial services. He has worked across a broad spectrum of the financial industry including accounting public practice, investment banking and reinsurance. His career has focused predominantly on affecting system change at a multinational scale, which has afforded him strong analytical, financial, information technology and project management skills.  Ian has worked on climate change adaptation projects both within Australia (state and local governments) and internationally (NGOS, development banks and universities). Amongst other things, research undertaken by Ian has explored the viability of risk transfer mechanisms in the face of climate risk within the context of Local Government.

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Jon Doole - Director

Jon is the Manager of Environmental Services at Kingborough Council a position he has held for over 20 years. Jon has been a climate change specialist for the past 10 years and initiated numerous climate change mitigation and adaption programs that have placed Kingborough at the forefront of local government climate action in Australia. 

Jon has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Climate Change Innovation Lab Tasmania Inc. which is located at Kingston Beach a climate change risk hot spot. His role is heavily focussed on establishing institutional relationships for multi-level and multi-sector collaboration.


Donovan Burton - Director

Donovan is the Manager of Climate Planning, a boutique climate change adaptation consultancy operating throughout Australia and overseas helping organisations to mainstream climate change adaptation decision-making into their corporate governance systems. He works closely with local governments in identifying and managing climate change risk. The organization has undertaken over 150 climate change adaptation projects with insurers, governments, UN agencies, NGOs, NRM groups and research institutions.

Technical Advisory Board Members

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Dr Johanna Nalau

Johanna is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) and Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) at Griffith University specialising in climate change adaptation policy- and decision-making processes. Johanna is a social scientist whose research focuses on understanding how policy- and decision-makers deal with some of the central assumptions related to climate change adaptation, and the array of factors and processes that drive and constrain climate change adaptation, including constraints emerging from adaptation science and theory. Johanna is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. She is a contributing author for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (WG II, chapters 16 and 25).

Lab Staff


Ian Morrison - Lab Manager

Ian is a specialist in governance, monitoring and evaluation, all hazards risk assessments, information analysis, policy advice, and capacity development. He has extensive expertise in climate change adaptation governance and emergency management strategy.

Along with being the Lab Manager Ian is a Senior Associate at Climate Planning and the Director of Thinkspace Emergency Management. He is a graduate of the Australian National University, Southern Cross University, and RMIT.

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Digital Strategy Assistant

Johanna assists the Climate Lab in facilitating its digital strategy. She specialises in environmental management and aspects of sustainable mobility. She has a background in promotion work for several environmental NGOs and in start-up online marketing. Next to being the Digital Strategy Assistant for the Lab Johanna works for Climate Planning Australia as a Climate Change Researcher. She is a graduate of Technical University Brandenburg and studied at Charles Darwin University