Tanya Wilkins

Bach of Business (Commercial Law), Masters of Communication
PhD Researcher

As the Communication Manager for the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, Tanya delivers the operational activities such as website, social media, events, sponsorships, media engagement, and publications.  As the CRC research projects are carried out, Tanya will work across these to synthesise, translate and communicate these research outputs for use by decision-makers in industry, government and the broader community.  There is also a large individual/household behaviour focus for the CRC that is both super interesting and linked with her PhD around climate change communication!  According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, if food waste was a country then it would be the #3 global greenhouse gas emitter. Check out our website at fightfoodwastecrc.com.au or follow us on Twitter @FoodWasteCRC 

Tanya's previous role was communications lead for an adaptation and resilience knowledge exchange network based out of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. One of her more innovative communication projects was a climate change murder/mystery game (see Publications for further details).

Her masters thesis explored the journey that climate change communication has taken to increase public understanding. This included the influences of communication methods, psychology, and the media.

As a promoter of genuine communication and engagement, Tanya is an advocate for the experts in these new days of ‘google-fuelled online warriors’. Before her time at Oxford, she built her marcomms career across government programmes both in Australia and the UK in diverse policy areas such as climate change, agriculture, water management, training and skills, and industry and trade. 

Aside from her academic and professional interests, Tanya is Mum to a 'spirited' tween daughter, hangs onto her dream of being published in The New Yorker one day, and is very proudly 3.5 years car-free!

  • Wilkins, T. and Cooper, I. (2019) ‘Lessons from coordinating a knowledge exchange network for connecting research, policy and practice’. Research for All, 3 (2): 204–17. DOI https://doi.org/10.18546/RFA.03.2.07http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10081305/1/s7.pdf

  • Wilkins (2018) ARCC climate action narrative: test phase. UKCIP, University of Oxford.
  • Wilkins and Walton (2017) Flooding & business –what does research tell us? UKCIP, University of Oxford   
  • Young, Wilkins, Dilling, Vulturius, and Bergseng (2017) Learning from failures in communication: Sharing lessons from research and practice workshop. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 5–8 June 2017, Glasgow. UKCIP, University of Oxford  
  • Wilkins, Broughton and Walton (2017) Showcasing research – early career researcher workshop summary. UKCIP, University of Oxford. 
  • Street, Hayman and Wilkins (2017) Understanding the value of the Adaptation Reporting Power process to the reporting organisations involved. UKCIP, University of Oxford.