Dr Peter Tangney

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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

Peter is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Policy. His research is particularly focused on governments' use of evidence and expertise for addressing environmental problems.

  • 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


  • Executive Committee Member - Australian Political Studies Association (2019 - 2022)


  • Crisp Prize 2018 - Australian Political Studies Association
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers 2017 - Flinders University
  • Geoff Anderson Memorial Prize 2017 - Australia & New Zealand Public Policy Network
  • Local Contribution Awards 2009 & 2010 - Environment Agency of England & Wales
  • 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
Key responsibilities
  • Major Convenor - Geography & Environmental Studies
Topic coordinator
GEOG9112 Environmental Policy Development & Analysis
GEOG3133 Adapting to Climate Change
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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