About

Margaret was born in Brisbane but was raised in PNG, and has a life-long affinity with the tropics. She grew up enjoying sailing, beach-combing and snorkelling in clear tropical waters – experiences which shaped her love of marine environments. Margaret studied Australian Environmental Science and completed a Diploma of Teaching through Griffith University (GU) in Brisbane. After teaching for several years, Margaret became an environmental educator and interpreter with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). During this time she completed a Masters in Applied Ecology through James Cook University (JCU), and began teaching casually at the University of Queensland (UQ). In 2003 she completed a PhD through GU focusing on the resilience of volunteer groups in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment. From 2005 to 2009 Margaret was a senior lecturer with JCU’s School of Education, where she established a cross-faculty Masters in Environmental Education. Between 2010 and 2017 Margaret was the Manager of Social and Economic Science at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). She currently enjoys her position with JCU’s Cairns Institute, which enables her to combine her research interests with her experience in marine protected area management and environmental education.

Research interests/expertise

Since 1980 Margaret has worked in tertiary teaching and research, protected area management and secondary school education. Margaret has over 50 publications relating to environmental education; community resilience; adaptive capacity for industries and communities in the face of climate change; and protected area management. She is currently working on a project to enhance clean growth choices for community wellbeing in Queensland rural communities.

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Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Margaret Gooch from 2003 onwards.

Current Funding

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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Consultancy

Independent expert involvement: NSW marine estate community wellbeing framework

Indicative Funding
$15,000 (administered by NSW Department of Planning)
Summary
This project will involve the development of a community wellbeing framework for the NSW marine estate, including the establishment of appropriate question types, survey methodologies and data analysis techniques.
Investigators
Margaret Gooch in collaboration with Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Human Dimensions; Marine Estate Planning

NSW Dept of Primary Industries - Consultancy

Independent expert involvement: NSW marine estate community wellbeing framework

Indicative Funding
$15,000 (administered by NSW Department of Planning)
Summary
This project will involve the development of a community wellbeing framework for the NSW marine estate, including the establishment of appropriate question types, survey methodologies and data analysis techniques.
Investigators
Margaret Gooch in collaboration with Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Human Dimensions; Marine Estate Planning

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection - Tender

Coordination and capacity-building: Communities in transition

Indicative Funding
$315,339 over 2 years (administered by University of Southern Queensland)
Summary
This project will implement Action 5.1 of the Queensland Climate Transition Strategy to `Build leadership capacity within communities to develop place-based climate transition roadmaps?. It will build the capacity of key economic community development leaders in six Queensland communities to work with their community to identify and document shared objectives and pathways to a prosperous low-carbon future. Community plane will identify barriers to carbon reduction and/or future socio-economic prosperity and work with partners to overcome these.
Investigators
John Cole, Andrew Chamberlain, Geoffrey Woolcock, Allan Dale, Stewart Lockie, Margaret Gooch and Veronica Doerr in collaboration with Russell Wise, Deborah O'Connell, Yiheyis Maru, Penny Prasad, Don Parry, Jane Gaffel and Nicole Price (University of Southern Queensland, Cairns Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and The Ecoefficiency Group)
Keywords
Climate change; Zero net emissions; Low carbon economy; Queensland Climate Transition Strategy; Regional prosperity; Climate transition roadmap
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  • 1 collaboration
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