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Dr Michael Mitchell has a growing body of social research experience related to natural resources management. He is currently collaborating with Prof Max Finlayson, Assoc Prof Catherine Allan, and Dr Richard Culas and  Adjunct Prof Jay Punthakey on a four-year Australian government funded project that aims to ultimately improve the lives of millions of people by tackling groundwater over-extraction in Pakistan. He has also been collaborating with Murray Local Land Services on a number of projects, including a novel way to undertake capacity needs assessment among community-based NRM groups.

Michael previously held two post-doctoral research fellow positions. The most recent (2012-2015) was part of the National Environmental Research Program's Landscape and Policy Hub. It involved applying social science theories and methods to improve regional-scale biodiversity assessment and planning in two case study sites – the Australian Alps (covering ACT, NSW & Vic) and Tasmanian Midlands. The other (2009-2012) was with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training exploring social dimensions of groundwater management. The position also involved a project working with rural agencies seeking to enable resource-dependent communities determine transformational strategies in the face of major changes to their resource base. Michael's doctoral dissertation (2005-2008) focused on sustainability reporting and the use of the 'triple bottom line' concept drawing on a case study with Murrumbidgee Irrigation.

Michael is interested in participatory action research and qualitative social research to support inter-disciplinary research related to rural NRM issues; in learning theories at organisational and social scales; in reporting as a strategy to enhance sustainability; and in applying social-ecological systems analysis to improve NRM outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Participatory/ transdisciplinary research and social learning
  • Resilience and social ecological systems analysis
  • Social dimensions of environmental management
  • Governance and NRM
  • Sustainability

Expertise Social Researcher NRM

External positions

Friends of Nail Can Hill (coordinator)

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 192 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 7 Commissioned report
  • 3 Conference paper
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Addressing research complexity: Analysing pathways to impact and using transdisciplinary approaches

Christen, E. W., Mitchell, M., Roth, C. & Rowley, E., 2019, In : Agricultural Science. 30/31, 2/1, p. 32-43

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

impact analysis
development project
3 Citations (Scopus)

An assessment for developing resilience capacity of Tasmanian coastal governance

Jozaei, J. & Mitchell, M., 01 Sep 2018, In : Ocean and Coastal Management. 163, p. 130-140 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental governance
governance approach
social problems
Open Access
Open Access
baseline survey
social capital
questionnaire survey

Press / Media

Managing groundwater for farmers in Pakistan

C. Max Finlayson, C Allan & Michael Mitchell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Have your say on Landcare: Victorian survey

Michael Mitchell & Allan Curtis


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media