Dr Ilva Sporne

Ilva is Deputy Program Manager of ARC Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future program at Queensland University of Technology and a manager of the Wilson Environmental Decisions Lab. Her primary research interest is directed towards understanding the role of institutions or established ‘rules of the game’ play in the achievement of environmental outcomes. Areas of research include effectiveness analysis of environmental and non-environmental policies and legislation guiding environmental and natural resource management, climate change adaptation for human settlements and contribution of environmental sciences to planning and policy making. Research combines several disciplines and sub-disciplines of environmental and social sciences, in particular organisational studies, law, policy science, ecology and land use planning.

Project Officer, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, March 2019 – present

Research Assistant,  ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland,  February 2017 – March 2019


Dale, P., Sporne, I., Knight, J., Sheaves, M., Eslami-Andergoli, L. and Dwyer, P., 2019. A conceptual model to improve links between science, policy and practice in coastal management. Marine Policy103, pp.42-49

Dutra, L.X., Sporne, I., Haward, M., Aswani, S., Cochrane, K.L., Frusher, S., Gasalla, M.A., Gianesella, S.M., Grant, T., Hobday, A.J. and Jennings, S., 2019. Governance mapping: A framework for assessing the adaptive capacity of marine resource governance to environmental change. Marine Policy106, p.103392.

Sheaves, M., Sporne, I., Dichmont, C.M., Bustamante, R., Dale, P., Deng, R., Dutra, L.X., van Putten, I., Savina-Rollan, M. and Swinbourne, A., 2016. Principles for operationalizing climate change adaptation strategies to support the resilience of estuarine and coastal ecosystems: an Australian perspective. Marine Policy68, pp.229-240

Dutra, L.X., Bustamante, R.H., Sporne, I., van Putten, I., Dichmont, C.M., Ligtermoet, E., Sheaves, M. and Deng, R.A., 2015. Organizational drivers that strengthen adaptive capacity in the coastal zone of Australia. Ocean & Coastal Management109, pp.64-76.