Professor Darryn McEvoy

Climate Change Adaptation Program, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT

A qualified geographer, with an interest in interdisciplinary ‘solutions-oriented’ action research, Professor Darryn McEvoy's expertise covers climate risk assessment and adaptation, innovative adaptation practice (both institutions and technologies), institutional adaptive management (and adaptation as a process), vulnerability assessment, the building of local adaptive capacity, and the synergies and conflicts between the adaptation and mitigation agendas. Of particular interest is the translation of theory into practice, and highlighting the implications for climate risk management and decision-making (including both public and private actors).

Prior to joining RMIT, Professor McEvoy was research manager for the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester (UK) working on projects relating to different aspects of the climate change agenda (with a particular emphasis on climate change and cities) before most recently working as a senior researcher on the EU consortium project ADAM (ADaptation And Mitigation strategies: supporting European climate policy) with personal responsibility for analysing institutional adaptive management and adaptation to extreme weather events. His personal research interest took a ‘bottom-up’ actor-based approach and as such stakeholder engagement was central to this role. Risk and adaptation was analysed according to a range of learning examples; including urban planning and design, health (heat stress), tourism, insurance, drought, desertification, and flooding. As part of this process, he has been involved in stakeholder activity in London, Manchester and Berlin (urban planning and design, heat stress focus) Guadiana, Spain and Portugal (drought), Tisza river basin, Hungary (flooding), Inner Mongolia, China (desertification / sustainable livelihoods).

Professor McEvoy was based in the Netherlands 2006–09 firstly at the University of Maastricht, then spending the final year at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He took up his current post as principal researcher in climate change adaptation at RMIT in July 2009.