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I began my professional career helping farmers reclaim drifting sand dunes in the South Australian Mallee, then moved to supporting groups in Victoria with activities as diverse as managing their creek frontages to maintain populations of Trout Cod, to fostering group management skills to maintain Landcare groups. A common thread throughout my agency employment was working with, and learning from, the people who manage the land. Indeed, as I learned more about environmental management I came to appreciate that humans are part of a complex, dynamic social-ecosystem.

Since commencing employment at CSU in 2004 both my teaching and research have centred on predominantly social aspects of this social-ecosystem. My research interests include regional scale adaptive management, and the related topics of participatory approaches and social learning. I am particularly interested in qualitative research approaches, including participatory and collaborative research which empowers communities. I also employ analysis of social discourse to better understand the rural societies in which we live.

Research Interests

  • Adaptive environmental management
  • Environmental sociology
  • Rural sociology
  • Social ecological systems
  • Participatory processes, social learning and co-design

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Improving the outcomes of adaptive management at the regional scale, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 29 Apr 2005

Master of Natural Resources, University of New England

Award Date: 09 Oct 1999

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 09 Apr 1983

External positions

Program Leader (Investing in High Performance Soils), High Performance Soils CRC

2018 → …

Board member, Albury Conservation Company



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