Project: Future Fires

Doughnut pyronomics: The safe space for co-existing with fires in the 21st century

The Doughnut Economics framework, developed by Kate Raworth, attempts to reimagine our modern economy in the shape of the doughnut, where the “safe and just space for humanity” lies between the inner circle of social foundations necessary for a full and dignified life, and the outer circle of “planetary boundaries”, which are the environmental and ecological ceilings which humanity should not overshoot. Academics from different disciplines have been inspired by this framework, and found its application in other areas. Building on Doughnut Economics and its potential for multi-disciplinary applications, this research project aims to construct Doughnut Pyronomics – a set of social foundations and ecological ceilings to define the “safe space” for co-existing with bushfires, and propose some principles for rethinking our relationships and responses to bushfires in the Pyrocene. The outputs from this research will add to the understanding of future fires in Australia, and assist landowners, fire managers, policy makers and the public in framing, communicating, managing, and living with bushfires. The scope of this research focuses on bushfires in peri-urban regions of Australia, including existing and future climate impacts, landscape, management strategies and discourses. 

Project timeline: 01/2024 – 12/2024

More Projects

Investigation of the ignition likelihood of building materials by firebrand piles

This project seeks to understand the firebrand ignition of building materials. It will relate the ignition propensity to fundamental material properties and characterize thermal and gaseous environments for various firebrand densities, wind ...

New wildfire risk models

Scientists frequently build statistical models to explain aspects of bushfire risk, such as fire frequency, fire severity and seasonality. However, these models are often developed for specific case study areas and are generally not maintained ...

Restoration of eucalypt forest in Wilsons Promontory National Park- Implications for forest values and site and landscape flammability

Wilsons Promontory provides an example of how repeated short interval fires can prevent the regeneration of a Eucalyptus canopy in a range of ecological vegetation classes. The ‘destocking’ of forests can dramatically alter the composition, ...