Prof Claudia Baldwin

Prof. Claudia Baldwin 

University of the Sunshine Coast

Professor Claudia Baldwin (BA, MA (UW, Canada), PhD (UQ)), Urban Design and Town Planning, and co-director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast. She uses participatory and visual methods to research institutional and social-environmental change on natural resource and land use planning and management; climate change adaptation and resilience; as well as age- and ability-friendly communities. The latter is exemplified by her recent survey of Noosa youth about climate change, and 2012 research An Analysis of the Preferences of Older Australians in an Urban Environment. She has more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and most recently published a co-edited book, Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and its Neighbours (2020).

Will we be ready to host the 2032 Paralympic Games?

Brisbane’s hosting of the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2032 is an opportunity to rebuild after COVID, while considering climate change in event planning. A challenge for many Games has been suitable accommodation and other facilities for para athletes and accompanying visitors. People with disabilities are more vulnerable to heat stress. The Sunshine Coast will provide venues and aims to attract teams to train, however our recent study investigating access, service and promotion of hospitality venues on the Sunshine Coast identified few accessible accommodation providers, eating and drinking establishments, travel, and activity venues suitable for people with disabilities. The IOC requires hosts to provide a lasting legacy for their communities. With 15% of the world population having a disability, and others (seniors, infants) sharing similar access barriers, upgrading facilities by 2023 will provide long-lasting multiple local benefits, not only for visitors but for local residents and business owners.

Who's Speaking?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers. 

Keynote Speakers

Key Dates

Draft Conference Program Released 3 March 2022
Sponsorship Prospectus Released 3 March 2022
Keynote Speakers Announced
24 March 2022
Early Bird Registrations Close
Tuesday 19 April 2022
Full Conference Program Released Tuesday 26 April 2022
Conference Registrations Close
Monday 9 May 2022
Pre-conference Forum Registrations Close Monday 16 May 2022
QLD Region 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced Thursday 19 May 2022


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