Socio-economic dimensions of planted forests in changing landscapes: Exploring the future for forestry in south east Australia

Hugh Thomas Lindsay Stewart

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    This research addressed the extent to which socio-economic changes in landscapes in south east Australia influenced the achievement of the government and industry strategy to expand plantation forestry. The research also explored the future role of planted forests in the context of these changes and recent policies on water and carbon pollution reduction that have direct relevance to the plantation forestry sector. The research was grounded in the experiences of a range of stakeholders in two plantation regions in south east Australia known to be undergoing differential rates of socio-economic change and plantation expansion. The relevance of the research was underpinned by the strong policy support of Federal and State Governments for plantation expansion on agricultural land in these high-rainfall landscapes “ the most densely populated rural areas where land-use was increasingly contested because of social changes including the influence of lifestyle landowners in rural property markets. The research used multiple methods to collect data in case study regions “ the Green Triangle and Murray Valley plantation regions, and the Towong shire (part of north east Victoria) nested in the latter. Research methods were semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sample of informants (N = 60) from stakeholder groups, and analysis of longitudinal quantitative information to understand socio-economic trends in the case study regions.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Race, Digby, Principal Supervisor
    • Curtis, Allan, Co-Supervisor
    Award date01 Feb 2009
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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