About Us


Coastal Focus Director Chiara Danese is currently undertaking a PhD on coastal governance for climate change adaptation at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Western Australia. Chiara has extensive experience both nationally and internationally in all aspects of coastal management and governance and having completed a wide range of projects for government, non-government organisations and universities. Chiara’s academic background includes: Masters in coastal management (University of Florence, Italy) and Honors in environmental science (University of Florence, Italy). Coastal Focus has strong sector networks and will draw upon these as required.

Our goal is to be recognized as a professional and expert-based consultancy with the ability to provide highly valuable solutions and services, delivered by dedicated and passionate experts who are guided by strong organisational values, which include: Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism and Reliability. Our work will ensure that Ecologically Sustainable (coastal) Development and Integrated Coastal Zone Management principles are acknowledged and incorporated.

What the Clients have said about Coastal Focus:

Chiara ability to interpret technical information related to coastal processes and hazard risk management, and work closely with community as well as local and state government, has been critical to the success of some of our key projects. NACC Coastal and Marine Program (January 2014)

Chiara is a dynamic, ethical and diligent consultant. She exceeded my and the client’s expectations in the scope, quality and timeliness of work. I’ve been especially impressed that she has both a great depth of specialist knowledge and yet maintains a very open, learning stance. This combination makes her both an asset to any team and a joy to work with.” Andrew Outhwaite, We Are Arising (June 2012).