Dr Phil Morley
Research Fellow - Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)
Phone: +61 2 6773 5211
Phil Morley is a geographer with diverse research interests primarily focused on land use change, future scenario modelling, regional planning and disaster resilience. Working on a variety of projects has required varying levels of research in the fields of landscape ecology (ecological patterns and processes), human geography (demographics, rural to urban migration, urbanisation and growth modelling), probabilistic, exploratory and alternative future scenario modelling, urban and regional planning, hydrological modelling, climate change adaptation and statistical downscaling, natural hazards (social and community vulnerability, resilience, risk mapping and risk reduction) as well environmental and agricultural planning.
He is currently the co-lead researcher on the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index project funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Based on the characteristics of disaster resilience specified in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience this project which will develop an Australia wide index of resilience to natural hazards for Australian Communities. Previous projects have included Past, Present and Future Landscapes: Understanding Alternative Futures for Climate Change Adaptation of Coastal Settlements and Communities and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Hunter & Central Coasts.
Phil was awarded his PhD.in 2010 which researched the impacts of future population growth in northern NSW using future scenario modelling. Previously he completed a Master of Environmental Studies at Adelaide University with a dissertation component that considered the social and economic dimensions of planning for Marine Protected Areas. He has also completed a BSc in software development and has been employed in various roles within the IT industry.
Selected Research Projects
Improving methods for estimating livestock production and productivity
(Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2015-2016)
The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index
(Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2014 - 2018)
Past, Present and Future Landscapes: Understanding Alternative Futures for Climate Change Adaptation of Coastal Settlements and Communities
(Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, 2010 - 2012)
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Hunter & Central Coasts
(Department of Climate Change, 2008 - 2009)
Regional Alternative Landscape Futures for the Northern Rivers of NSW
(Land and Water Australia and NSW Government, 2005 - 2008)
An Eco-Civic Regionalisation for Rural NSW
(NSW Department of Lands, 2003 - 2004)
Building System of Systems for Disaster Management Workshop: Joint issues Statement March 2014 (PDF 3.65MB)
System of Systems for Disaster Management: Solution Statement March 2014 (PDF 756kb)
Morley, P., Trammell, J., Reeve, I., McNeill, J., Brunckhorst, D. and Bassett, S. 2013. Past, present and future landscapes: Understanding alternative futures for climate change adaptation of coastal settlements and communities. Final Report to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Brunckhorst, D., Reeve, I., Morley, P., Coleman, M., Barclay, E., McNeill, J., Stayner, R., Glencross-Grant, R., Thompson, J. and Thompson, L. 2011. Hunter & Central Coasts New South Wales - Vulnerability to climate change impacts. Report to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australia.
Morley, P. and Brunckhorst, D. 2010. 'Sea Change' and Landscape Change: A Spatial Examination of Trend and Alternative Landscape Futures for the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales, Australia. Lambert Academic Publishing.
Morley, P. 2010. Incorporating Socio-Economic Criteria into Marine Reserve Planning. Lambert Academic Publishing.
Brunckhorst, D., Reeve, I., Morley, P. and Bock, K. 2008. 'Strategic Spatial Governance: Deriving Social-Ecological Frameworks for Managing Landscapes and Regions', in Petit, C. et al., (eds) Landscape Analysis and Visualisation: Spatial Models for Natural Resource Management and Planning. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 253-275.