Karmen’s research interests include:
Environment: spatial ecology, environmental monitoring (species, habitats), climate change, socio-ecological systems
Communication: multimedia production, science outreach, cross-sectoral communication, perceptions and interpretations (spill over to environmental psychology and neuroscience)
Business: non-technological innovation, sustainable enterprise, environmental management systems, systems of innovation, and sustainable development.
Karmen Lužar is an Associate Lecturer - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Asia Pacific College of Business & Law (CDU), and a PhD researcher at James Cook University (JCU). She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in journalism) from the University of Ljubljana. During these studies she was a recipient of the National Zois Scholarship for gifted students awarded by the government of the Republic of Slovenia. She also holds a Master of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from James Cook University, during which she was a recipient of the Ad Futura scholarship. After completing her postgraduate studies, she founded and managed a consultancy focusing on science communication and planning for sustainable development with an international outreach to Europe, Australia and the Pacific. She has collaborated with Australian and international environmental institutions, including all levels of the Australian government, NGOs, research institutions and the private sector. Some of the major organisations include United Nation Environment Programme – Regional Activity Centre in Split, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Department of Environment and Conservation in Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH – Vanuatu Climate Change Office, James Cook University, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
This work provided her with extensive experience in project development and management, stakeholder engagement and communication, as well as research including conducting interviews and surveys, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and the production of outreach materials. Through her environmental consultancy work she has identified, and taken an interest in, the importance of effective communication. With her extensive training in linguistics, stylistics and the work experience in managing public relations, marketing communications and multimedia production she was able to observe patterns that hinder effective dissemination of environmental knowledge and information within and across different environmental stakeholder groups. This led her to undertaking a PhD, with strategic research that focuses on improving academia – industry relations by optimising cross-sectoral communication. Specifically, she aims to link environmental science and the tourism industry in Queensland, and investigate the feasibility of environmental science communication as an innovative destination marketing strategy to contribute to sustainable regional development.
Karmen is also a developer and facilitator of Methods workshops, and HDR Committee Member of College of Business, Law and Governance at JCU, NT Coordinator for Slovenian Australian Academic Association, and a Committee Member of the Mediterranean Science Commission - Coastal Ecosystem and Marine Policy.
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