Dr Bec Colvin is a social scientist and Senior Lecturer with the Resources, Environment and Development Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Bec researches the social and political dimensions of contentious issues associated with climate policy and energy transition. Her research is focused on understanding the complexity of how different people and groups engage with social, policy, and political conflict about climate and energy issues, particularly through the theoretical lens of the social identity approach.

Bec has explored conflict about wind energy, coal seam gas, coal, and climate policy and energy transition more broadly, in settings ranging from the public sphere through to local communities.

Fields of expertise



Strong support for climate action amongst Australian voters

The vast majority of Australian voters support climate action, but their degree of support varies significantly across political…

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