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Liam began teaching environmental studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2004. From 2007-2010 Liam completed doctoral studies at Macquarie University, focussing on the relationship between climate change and insurance.

Research interests: climate change; insurance; complex adaptive systems theory; critical political economy; transdisciplinary & other supradisciplinary research methodologies.

Skills: researching complex sustainability problems by drawing from physical & social sciences; conceptual development; qualitative research methods.

Selected publications

  • Phelan, L., Henderson-Sellers, A. & Taplin, R. 2011. Reflexive mitigation of the Earth’s economy: A viable strategy for insurance systems. In Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) The Economic, Social and Political Elements of Climate Change. Springer Verlag: Berlin, Germany. pp.81-98.
  • Phelan, L., Taplin, R., Henderson-Sellers, A. & Albrecht, G. 2011. Ecological viability or liability?: Insurance system responses to climate risk. Environmental Policy & Governance. 21(2). pp.112-130. DOI:10.1002/eet565.
  • Phelan, L., Henderson-Sellers, A. & Taplin, R. 2010. Climate change, carbon prices & insurance systems. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. 17(2): 95–108. DOI: 10.1080/13504500903541806.
  • Phelan, L. 2010. What to make of COP 15? A ringside report. Air Quality and Climate Change. 44(1): 14-15.
  • Phelan, L. 2010. All hands to the pump. Air Quality and Climate Change. 44(3): 16-17.



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