About

My research interests lie broadly in understanding the factors that influence opportunities for collaborative management of common-pool natural resources (CPRs), and the multiple socioeconomic and environmental outcomes of such initiatives. I take an interdisciplinary approach to my research, and draw on theories and methods from a range of disciplines, including social psychology, behavioural economics, human geography and political science. I also collaborate widely with a range of natural and social scientists, policymakers and natural resource managers. To date, I’ve undertaken much of my research in the context of coral reef management in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Fiji. I received my PhD from James Cook University in 2016 (for more details on my time as a graduate student please see this article), and am currently an Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville, Australia.

My current research program has two broad themes:

Opportunities for collaborative management of common-pool resources

This theme of my research is concerned with understanding the factors affecting opportunities for collaborative management of common-pool resources, including examining why people engage in collective action in regards to CPR management and how such cooperative activities are affected by the micro and macro social-ecological context. My recent research in this theme has included examining how multi-scale socioeconomic and institutional factors affect people’s participation in community-based management, and cooperative behavioural disposition, as indexed by a public goods game.

Outcomes of collaborative management of common-pool resources

A core focus of my research in this theme is evaluating how people are impacted by and respond to community-based CPR management. Recent related projects have included evaluating the impacts of community-based CPR management on multidimensional poverty (for an overview of this project please see this video from a science communication event) including the equality of those impacts according to social subgroups, such as gender. Currently, I am working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to develop a global social-ecological monitoring framework to be applied to coral reef sites in more than seven countries. Specifically, I am leading the development of the social indicators, which are designed to facilitate identification of impacts to various dimensions of human wellbeing, including equity and power in relation to natural resource management (more about this project can be found here).

Teaching
  • EV3020: Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV5020: Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation (Level 5; TSV)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - Dean's Award for higher degree research excellence
  • 2015 - Virginia Chadwick Award for outstanding peer-reviewed publication
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Wildlife Conservation Society - Grant

Development, assessment and analysis of socio-economic indicators to support a global coral reef fisheries monitoring program in an impact evaluation framework

Indicative Funding
$14,890
Summary
Despite the prevalence and planned expansion of marine protected areas globally, understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of these tools is limited. The overarching focus of this project is to improve understanding of how marine protected areas and other marine management tools affect associated human communities. This research will be undertaken in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and has two key objectives: 1) to develop a framework for socioeconomic impact evaluation to be applied to global coral reef fisheries monitoring; and 2) to assess the socioeconomic impacts of various marine management tools, including elucidating mechanisms through which impacts occur.
Investigators
Georgina Gurney (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
impact evaluation; Monitoring; coral reef fisherines; socioeconomic indicators
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Current
  • Managing Marine Protected Areas to Promote the Resilience of Coral Reef Ecosystems (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Winners and Losers in Coral Reefs: Access, Equity and Ecosystem Services (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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