Social & Environmental Change

Research in the Social and Environmental Change is advancing our understanding of and changing people-to-people and people-to-environment relationships to support sustainability in Australia and around the world.

Research in this domain is exploring where and how community capacity building initiatives can contribute to improved land management. This includes focus on community engagement, collaborative management of natural resources, institutional arrangements, issues of governance, public administration, organisational culture, multi-stakeholder methodologies, and farmer resilience.

Another key research focus is enhancing South Pacific coastal and social system responses to climate change and sea-level rise, in collaboration with agencies on the ground and Geosciences Australia, AusAid and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Research in this domain is also advancing knowledge in innovation and change management, through applied social research that investigates workplace learning processes, farmer decision making, collective action in supply chains or catchments management, and employment and labour issues.

Research groups

Climate, Society & Policy

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Environment & Development

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Fire Ecology & Biodiversity

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Forests & Water

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Landscape Sociology

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Sustainable & Renewable Forest Products

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  • Bushfire Management (social and economic values)
  • Ecophysiology & Ecosystem Processes
  • Forest Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Landforms & Ecosystems
  • Urban Ecology
  • Cultural, Economic & Political Change
  • Forest & Climate Change Research
  • Forest Operations
  • Production Forests & Plantations