Dr Peter Tangney


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (223)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Peter is a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy. His research is particularly focused on governments' use of evidence and expertise for addressing environmental problems. His teaching since joining Flinders has included environmental policy, climate change policy and politics, science-policy studies, philosophy of science and political geography.

  • PhD, Political Science, Griffith University (2015)
  • MSc, DIC, Environmental Technology - Water Management, Imperial College London (2006)
  • BSc (hons), Industrial Chemistry, University of Limerick (2004)
Honours, awards and grants


  • Crisp Prize 2018 - Australian Political Studies Association
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researcher 2017 - Flinders University
  • Geoff Anderson Memorial Prize 2017 - Australia & New Zealand Public Policy Network
  • Environment Agency of England & Wales - Local Contribution Awards 2009 & 2010
  • Arcadis Water Management Prize 2006 - Imperial College London


  • Star, C., Tangney, P., Newman, J., Clarke, B. (2019) "Developing policy expertise and a toolkit for evidence-based coordination of national climate resilience using a co-design professional development approach", Dept. of Defence Strategic Policy Grants Program- $125,877
  • Westwell, M., Tangney, P. (2016) "Reinventing Teaching & Learning Grant", Flinders University- $20,900
  • Tangney, P., Caliaba, C., Bruschi, M. (2015) "Content Development Grant", Community Broadcasting Foundation of Australia- $20,000
Research expertise
Policy and administration
Political science
Research interests

I welcome expressions of interest from potential RHD candidates in the following areas:

  • Evidence-based policy
  • Climate policy and politics
  • Science and technology policy
  • Expert authority in public decision-making
Topic coordinator
ENVS9712 Environmental Policy Development & Analysis
GEOG1001 Environment & Society
Supervisory interests
Applied philosophy, environmental issues
Climate change
Climate policy
Environment movements
Environment policy
Environmental accounting and reporting
Environmental change
Evidence based implementation
Evidence based practice
Impacts of climate change on coastal environments
Natural resource management and coasts
Water resource management under climate change
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Climate Change Policy (1)
Expert for media contact
Public policy and management
Climate Change Adaptation
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environmental Science for Policy
Evidence-based Policymaking
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Public policy and management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Environmental Science for Policy
  • Evidence-based Policymaking

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