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Dr Karen Hytten

Lecturer in Environmental Management

School of Agriculture


Contact details

  • Location: 2.51, AHA
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Griffith University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management with First Class Honours - Griffith University (2005)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on the interface between science, politics, policy and the public. I have a strong interest in climate change politics and I am currently investigating the political discourses shaping social responses to climate change in Australia and New Zealand. I am also currently involved in research exploring the climate change impacts of food choices, and the potential for place-based climate change engagement in national parks.


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environment Policy (160507):
Environmental Management (050205):
Environmental Politics (160605):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Environmental Sociology (160802): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs


Hytten, KF. (2009). Dingo dualisms: Exploring the ambiguous identity of Australian dingoes. Australian Zoologist. 35(1), 18-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF., & Burns, GL. (2007). Deconstructing dingo management on fraser Island, Queensland: The significance of social constructionism for effective wildlife management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 14(1), 48-62
[Journal article]Authored by: Hytten, K.


Hytten, KF. (2013). The social construction of climate change: Deconstructing the Australian climate change debate. (Doctoral Thesis, Griffith University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Hytten, K.


Hytten, KF. (2017, September). Exploring the potential for place-based climate change engagement in New Zealand’s national parks. Presented at The 9th World Environmental Education Congress 'Culture - Environment, Weaving New Connections'. Vancouver, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2017, July). Something almost never said: Eating animals causes climate change. Presented at The 7th Australasian Animals Studies Association Conference 'Animal Intersections'. Adelaide, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2016, November). Creating an international network of environmental professionals: The unique opportunities created by the New Zealand Development Scholarship Programme. Presented at Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 'Foundations for Tommorrow'. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2016, September). The rise and fall of climate change in Australian politics: Climate change discourses across three Australian federal elections. Presented at Australian Poltical Studies Association Conference 2016 'The Politics of Justice and Rights: Challenges and Future Directions'. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2011, July). A notable omission? The presence and absence of animals within Australian climate change discourses. Presented at 'Animals, People: A Shared Environment'. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2007, July). Dingo discourses: Constructions of nature and culture in the Australian context. Presented at 'Animals and Society II: Considering Animals'. Hobart, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.

Supervision and Teaching

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Charlotte Przybylski - Doctor of Philosophy
    Stress in a Conservation Context: Human and Kiwi perceptions on Intensive Management and Exhibition.
  • Florentine Van Noppen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Resilience and sustainable hill country land-use in Hawke’s Bay

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Aurathai Phongchiewboon - Doctor of Philosophy
    Livelihood Strategies and Environmental Management Practices in Northern Thailand National Parks Communities

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