Degree completed in 2017.

Climate change risk assessment, Decision making and the development of adaptation pathways


Academic Profile

Ashley is a chartered environmental engineer with experience working on water resource management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainability assessment projects in South-East Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

Research Interests and Skills

  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Water Resource Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Spatial Planning
  • Integrated Assessment


  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University. 2009
  • BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Honours). Adelaide University. 2004
  • BSc in Environmental Biology. Adelaide University. 2004


  • Chartered Professional Engineer - Institute of Engineers Australia
  • General Sir John Monash Award - PhD Scholarship, 2012
  • High Commendation - Engineers Australia Most Inspiring Young Engineer, 2010
  • British Council Chevening Scholarship, 2008
  • National Undergraduate Sustainability Prize Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering, 2004

Current Research

Ashley's research focuses on the analysis and understanding of the interactions between climate change risk assessments and the development of effective adaptation pathways. The research takes a multi-scale approach looking at both the city and national scale in developed and developing countries.

Ashley's research will build on the work undertaken in the Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment (ARCADIA) project to demonstrate how adaptation pathways may be designed.

Current Teaching


  • Payo, A., Becker, P., Otto, A., Vervoort, J. and Kingsborough, A. (2015) Experimental lock-in: characterizing avoidable maladaptation in infrastructure systems. Journal of Infrastructure Systems.
  • Kingsborough, A. (2013) Climate Change Risk Assessment and the Development of Adaptation Pathways. UGEC Viewpoints. Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project. pp. 8-11(4).
  • Carew-Reid, J., Ketelsen, T., Kingsborough, A. and Porter, S. (2011) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CAM) Methodology Brief. ICEM - International Centre for Environmental Management. Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Daniell, K.A., Máñez Costa, M.A., Ferrand, N., Kingsborough, A.B., Coad, P. and Ribarova, I.S. (2011) Aiding multi-level decision-making processes for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Regional Environmental Change, 11(2): 243-258.
  • Connor, T., Niall, R. and Kingsborough, A. (2010) A Risk-Based Approach to Achieve Balanced Adaptation Designs in the Face of Climate Change. Restore America's Estuaries 5th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration - Preparing for Climate Change: Science, Practice and Policy, Galveston, Texas, November 2010.
  • Kingsborough, A.B. (2009) Cross-level Governance and Adaptive Capacity in Food Systems: A case study of Faridpur District, Bangladesh. Masters Thesis, University of Oxford, Oxford.
  • Daniell, K.A., Foley, B.A., Kingsborough, A.B., Maier, H.R., Malovka, D.J. and Sommerville, H.C. (2007) The AUSTIME Methodology: Quantifiable Sustainability Assessment Coupled with Multi-Agent Simulation. In, Deakin, M., Mitchell, G., Nijkamp, P. and Vreeker, R. (eds.) Sustainable Urban Development Volume 2 The Environmental Assessment Methods. Routledge, London. pp. 375-411
  • Daniell, K.A., Kingsborough, A.B., Malovka, D.J., Sommerville, H.C., Foley, B.A. and Maier, H.R. (2006) Sustainability assessment of housing developments: A new methodology. In, Perez, P. and Batten, D. (eds.) Complex Science for a Complex World: Exploring Human Ecosystems with Agents, Part II: Exploring National Research Priorities with Agents. ANU E Press, Canberra. pp. 113-146.