Dr Elizabeth Boulton

Honorary Lecturer
Climate Change Institute

My professional background is almost equally divided between work in emergency logistics (as an Australian Army Logistics Officer and with NGOs in Africa) and in the climate science and policy sector.

I have worked as a consultant on sustainable transport and logistics for local and State goverments; on community wind-farm projects, and in stakeholder engagement, liaison and project management roles within the climate / enviro science sector.

Internationally, I have worked in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan); the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

My research and writing work covers climate-security and framing, but I also explore leadership and teamwork in the context of changing socio-cultural trends.

 

 

Research interests

My Doctorate research investigated the notion of framing climate and environmental change as a threat. Drawing upon eco-philosopher Timothy Morton's "Hyperobject" notion, it develops the idea that CEC equates to a new type of threat - a hyperthreat. I develop a new conceptual framework for security in the Anthropocene, called 'Entangled Security' and a concept for a 'hyper-response'.

I also investigate new approaches to transdiscplinary sense-making, especially the fusion of 'old' and 'new' forms of scholarship, the Humanities and the sciences.

Publications

Boulton, E.G. (2018) 'Climate Change as a Hyperthreat', in Australian Contributions to Strategic and Military Geography, Springer, pp. 69-90.

Boulton, E.G. (2017) Teaming: An introduction to gender studies, unshackling human talent and optimising military capability for the coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050. Australian Army, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2016). "Climate change as a ‘hyperobject’: a critical review of Timothy Morton's reframing narrative." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

Boulton, E., A. Watkins and D. Perry (2012). “A user-centred design approach to the Seasonal Climate Outlook.” Climate ExChange. World Meteorological Organization, F. Lúcio and T. Avellán. U.K., Tudor Rose: 232-235.

Blogs/Articles:

Boulton, E. (2020). Australian bushfires: We need a post-human disaster response, Medium.

Boulton, E.G. (2019) 'Telling the story of climate change: threat or emergency, and does it matter?' The Power to Persuade website, Canberra, Australia, 29 October 2019

Boulton, E. (2018) The new socio-cultural world of 2020-2050: What might it mean for militaries?, The Wavell Room, UK

Boulton, E. (2017). Submission 47 to the Senate Inquiry on the Implications of Climate change for Australia’s National Security – August 2017, Parliament of Australia, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2017) A Case Study: the Liberian Wars, The Cove, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2017) (Podcast) ‘Why I Named My Daughter After Nancy Wake AC, GM’: Wyatt Frazer discusses Australia’s most famous war heroine and reflects upon fatherhood in the modern Army, The Cove, Canberra.

Boulton, E. (2016) "How Climate Scientists Cut Through a Political log-jam of Gigantic ProportionsThe Interpreter Blog; Lowy Institute. (www.lowyinterpreter.org)

Boulton, E. (2016) "It’s time for a new age of Enlightenment: why climate change needs 60,000 artists to tell its story." The Conversation. 8th June 2016