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I am an environmental scientist, with professional experience in environmental assessment and management. I am interested in embedding 'good' science into business decisions. Through my research, I seek to understand how environmental issues factor into corporate decisions and decision-making processes. My main focus is on how environmental issues (impacts) materialise as financial risks and opportunities in the finance sector, and in particular, how financial institutions (banks, investors, etc.) respond to the varied challenges represented by climate change. I am also actively engaged in researching environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment practices in Australia and overseas. My work is often highly applied which means it involves stakeholders and end-users and the development of practical tools and methods.

My teaching experience is versatile and extends to utilising the case-method of teaching, work-integrated-learning practices and teaching in studio format. I have an interest in adopting new, novel technologies and techniques in teaching to engage students, encourage their critical thinking and equip them with the skills they need to have successful and rewarding careers.

Prior to joining JCU, I worked as a research fellow at the Griffith Institute for Tourism and taught environmental assessment and management and planning practicum to urban and environmental planning students. Before I arrived in Australia, I was a senior environmental consultant at Deloitte in Europe and studied at the Central European University in Budapest and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Higher Degree Research, Masters and Honors inquiries

If you are interested in studying in the following areas, please contact Zsuzsa or the Graduate Research School.

  • Climate finance: role of financial institutions (e.g. banks, investors) and finance instruments (e.g. green bonds or climate bonds) in mitigating and adapting to climate change, climate risks, climate change as a business opportunity
  • Sustainability or climate change reporting: disclosure practices of different industries/sectors, focus on specific areas, such as gender or carbon reporting, meeting the Task-force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure guidelines
  • Corporate environmental practices: this is a broad topic and research projects can cover a wide range of practices in just about any sector, or focus on identifying potential opportunities, but also lends itself to critical inquiry for the adventurous
  • Environmental assessment: project could investigate environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment theories and practices in different jurisdictions and would normally include some policy analysis 

Current projects

  • Financing and funding mechanisms for climate change adaptation and coastal protection
  • Climate change disclosure of Australian banks (longitudinal study)
  • Regional economic benefits of pursuing different climate change policies
  • Understanding the purpose, structure, and benefits of social enterprises in regional economies
  • Advancing Strategic Environmental Assessment in Australia
  • Case collection for teaching Environmental Impact Assessment
Teaching
  • EV1011: Introduction to Sustainability (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EV2008: Environmental Management Systems in Practice (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV2011: The Case for Sustainability (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3011: Sustainability in Practice (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV3110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5015: Sustainability in Practice (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Consulting and advisory roles and professional experiences to share my research and seek meaningful collaboration with stakeholders, colleagues and academia both within Australia and internationally
Research
  • Adaptation finance, climate finance, sustainable finance Theory and practice of Corporate Environmental Management including Corporate Social Responsibility and climate change/carbon disclosure practices Environmental impact assessment and Strategic environmental assessment Sustainable Tourism
Teaching
  • ustainable finance, particularly climate change adaptation finance; Manifestation of environmental issues (impacts) as financial risks and opportunities; Corporate environmental management practices; Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) Work-integrated learning (WIL) And more recently, embedding entrepreneurial skills in higher education
Experience
  • 2015 to 2017 - Visiting Research Fellow, Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith University (Gold Coast, Qld)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Associate Lecturer, Griffith University (Gold Coasta and Nathan, Qld)
Honours
Memberships
  • 2018 - Australian Coastal Society
  • 2017 - Investor Group on Climate Change - Academic
  • 2017 - Regional Studies Association
  • 2009 to 2015 - International Association for Impact Assessment
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar from 2013 onwards.

Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • 34.234, Earth & Environmental Sciences (Townsville campus)
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