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It is a common assumption that warmer weather can get us ‘hot under the collar’ and indeed, international studies have found aggressive crime rates are correlated to hot weather. However, little has been done within the Australian climate where heatwaves are common and projected to increase. My research draws on statistical, spatial and climate modelling as well as qualitative research methods to better understand the relationship between weather and adverse behaviours such as aggressive crime, domestic violence and suicide. I am also using novel data sources and methods including social media sentiment analysis to understand how weather influences anger and indeed other emotions.

Education/Academic qualification

IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation, Tywfords Training

Masters of Environment and Business, The University of Newcastle

Diploma of Project Management

Bachelor of Applied Science , Western Sydney University

Masters of Research, Macquarie University

External positions

Casual academic, University of Newcastle

1 Aug 2018 → …

Senior Project officer –Impacts and Adaptation, Regional Operations Group, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW

1 Feb 201431 Mar 2017

Climate Adaptation Project Officer – sea level rise and estuaries, Adaptation Management Plans , Lake Macquarie City Council

1 Feb 200930 Nov 2014

Senior Policy Officer - Settlements and Built Environment / Adaptation Partnerships , Commonwealth Department of Environment

6 Jan 200731 Jan 2009

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Research Outputs 2010 2019

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Paper

Hot and bothered? Associations between temperature and crime in Australia

Stevens, H. R., Beggs, P. J., Graham, P. L. & Chang, H-C., Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Biometeorology. 63, 6, p. 747-762 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Developing hazard lines in response to coastal flooding and sea level change

Stevens, H. R. & Kiem, A. S., 2014, In : Urban Policy and Research. 32, 3, p. 341-360 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

sea level change
natural disaster

The hydraulic and morphological response of a large coastal lake to rising sea levels

Watterson, E. K., Burston, J. M., Stevens, H. & Messiter, D. J., 11 Aug 2010. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearch

estuarine ecosystem



Socioeconomic and health impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations

Melanie Zeppel (Participant), Dr Sophie Lewis (Participant), Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick (Participant), Petra Graham (Participant), Rupendra Shrestha (Participant), Hui Ping Evelyn Lee (Participant), Owen Tan (Participant), Heather Stevens (Participant), John Nairn (Participant), Paul Beggs (Participant), Deborah Schofield (Participant), Sarah Judd-Lam (Participant)

Impact: Other impacts