I am an interdisciplinary marine and social scientist specialising in tropical environments. My overarching research interest is in identifying opportunities to improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment through the study of complex social-ecological systems. My recent work has explored the ecological and social impacts of coastal development in Australia and the Pacific region, with a particular focus on seagrass ecosystems. 

Prior to joining JCU, I worked for the Australian Government in a range of areas including marine conservation management planning for Australian shark and pinniped species, cetacean conservation policy, and environmental impact assessment. My work strongly emphasises the use of participatory research techniques, and I collaborate with researchers and stakeholders from across the university, government, NGO and industry sectors. I am also affiliated with the University of Queensland Global Change Institute and the Centre for Global Governance, University of Canberra.

  • EV1000: Solving Wicked Environmental Problems (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EV2100: International Environmental Policy and Governance (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV3201: Managing Coastal and Marine Environments (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV5107: International Environmental Policy and Governance (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5701: Managing Coastal and Marine Environments (Level 5; TSV)
  • Social-ecological systems; Seagrasses; Marine and coastal environments; Marine debris; Blue carbon; Environmental governance; Participatory research

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Claudia Benham from 2014 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Legislative implications for broad vegetation groups and endangered species influenced by climate change. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding stakeholder involvement in the policy and management of migratory taxa in the Australian marine environment: A case study approach (2019, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From people to reefs: Marine debris and plastic pollution in North Queensland (2020, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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