Researcher biography

Dr Tiffany Morrison is a Research Leader – Social Science in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. Her work is concerned with the institutional and political dimensions of geography, planning and environmental management.

Dr Morrison was a Senior Lecturer with the School of GPEM from 2008 until 2015. She joined The University of Queensland in 2008 following previous academic, visiting and research appointments at Flinders University, University of Kyoto, University of Wisconsin-Madison and CSIRO.

Dr Morrison’s research program centers around two main themes:

  1. Basic theory of institutional design

Dr Morrison is recognised for international and national leadership in the study of policy and institutional design in land use planning and environmental management. Her work has been published in the top international journals in geography, planning and environment, and many of her articles have generated significant debate in academic, scientific and policy circles. Her principal theoretical contributions to this field emerge out of conducting empirical research on policy and administration in the USA, Japan and Australia, and focus on the role of inter-agency arrangements, the use of science and stakeholders in decision-making and assessment and planning, and the role of scale. 

  1. Applied institutional design: socio-ecological dynamics and the science-policy interface

This dimension of Dr Morrison’s research is more applied in nature, and is concerned with the feasibility of different institutional designs to respond to contemporary urban and regional issues, such as climate variability and unconventional gas development. She is particularly interested in how different institutional designs deal with socio-ecological dynamics and the science-policy interface. 

Dr Morrison was a Founding Director of the Environmental and Social Planning Research Group in the School of GPEM at The University of Queensland and Founding Co-Director of the UQ Network of Environmental Social Scientists.