Joanne Millar

PhD, Senior Research Fellow (Environment and Livelihoods), Dr

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Dr Joanne Millar, has over 30 years experience in the government and university sector, with expertise in action research for natural resource management, agriculture, rural development and conservation management. Her research focuses on understanding landholders, farming families and community engagement processes in order to improve rural livelihoods and environmental management. Research projects have been conducted in regional NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Laos, Indonesia, Bhutan and Timor Leste with government and non-goverment organisations.. Dr Millar currently works on international research projects commissioned by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and UK Darwin Initiative Fund in Laos and Timor Leste to improve smallholder farming and carbon forestry systems.

Research Interests

  • Livelihood and environmental impacts of international development
  • Action research for rural development
  • Property rights and conservation
  • Cultural management of natural resources

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • International Association for Society and the Commons (member);
  • Asian Studies Association (member)
  • Timor Leste Studies Association (member)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Editorial Board of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability;
  • Member of the International Editorial Board for Mountain Research and Development
  • Editorial Board for Extension Farming Systems Journal.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Rural Sociology), Charles Sturt University


Bachelor's Degree (Agricultural Science), University of Melbourne


External positions

Community Nature Conservation Team Leader, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Apr 1998Aug 2002

Landcare Pastures Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture



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