About

Dr Maxine Newlands (BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA) is a political scientist with expertise in governance, policy, political ecology, science and environmental communication and citizen science. Max is a multidisciplinary social science scholar who advises government, and works with a range of industries on world leading projects. 

Interviews and commentary in the media (most recent) can be found at google news

Max is currently the lead/principle investigator on several Great Barrier Reef social science projects: 

  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science - (Tender): Understanding the influence of media and community narratives on Great Barrier Reef water quality management
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority :Reef 2050 stakeholder network analysis
  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia - Research Grant: How has journalistic practice shaped public knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef: A discourse analysis of the media clippings 2007-2018

Recently completed projects:

  • A United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) report ways to build capacity for Reef restoration management
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority – Review of stewardship
  • NESP/ TropWATER study on tourism motivation for Reef restoration.
  • Chief Investigator –Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) proof of concept phase] in Stakeholder Engagement and Regulation, for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (administered by Australian Institute of Marine Science)
  • Chief Investigator- Regulatory and Permitting Planning for RRAP Program for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Trust Partnership (administered by University of Queensland).
  • Monograph Environmental Activism and the  Media: the Politics of Protest (Peter Lang Academic, NY)

Additionally, Maxine holds several leadership roles:

  • Co-lead on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Regulatory program
  • Government advisor on Great Barrier Reef human dimensions strategy and adaptive management practices.
  • Australian Citizen Science Association management board member
  • Research Associate at the University of Queensland's Centre for Policy Futures,
  • JCU/TropWater member, 
  • Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute.

Maxine currently supervises five fulltime postgraduate candidates. If you are interested in studying for a Master or PhD with Maxine, she specialises in the following areas: 

  • Reefs, governance, and policy with a focus on Coral Reef Restoration
  • Advocacy,global environmental governance and policy development
  • Social media analysis and policy network analysis
  • Political,Environmental and Science communication
  • Politics of gender representation in the developing world with a focus on the Pacific region.

 

 

Teaching
  • EV5966: Public Policy Tools - Ridge to Reef (Level 5; TSV)
  • PL1001: The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science (Level 1; TSV)
  • PL2006: Political Communication in the Global Environment (Level 2; TSV)
  • PL3003: Democracy and the State (Level 3; TSV)
  • PL4002: Theory and Method in Political Science (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • PL5006: Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Maxine was the Project Manager and lead investigator for the Townsville 150 Old and the News exhibition (Feb 2016 - Jan 2017) at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Research
  • Maxine is interested in social media analysis, social netwrok analysis and discourse analysis. She has conducted consultation work for the Bureau of Meteorology on best practice for social media strategies. Please contact Maxine to discuss consultation works.
  • Maxine's research focuses -Political Ecology -Political Communciation -Environmental journalism -environmental politics and governance - radical politics and protest movements ; and Media discourse and the Great Barrier Reef. - Gender disparity in the developing world. Maxine's methodological approaches centers on critical discourse analysis, discourse analysis, focus groups, content analysis and empirical research. Maxine's monograph 'Environmental Activism and the Media: the Politics of Protest' (Peter Lang Publishers, forthcoming)
Experience
  • 2015 to 2022 - Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (Cairns, Qld.)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Editor (Reviews), Journal of Environmental Education (Aus.)
  • 2015 - Visiting Academic, National University of Samoa (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Fellow, London East Research Institue (London, UK)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - 3 Minute Thesis: Early Career Researcher. JCU/ DTES Runner up
  • 2016 - TropEco Leadership & Governance - Highly Commended for EfECC Symposium.
  • 2014 - TROPECO - Research Award Highly Commended for outstanding research activities that contributes to a more sustainable society and environment.
  • 2014 - Overall Winner - TROPECO Excellence award for Outstanding contribution to sustainability at JCU and in the wider community
  • 2016 to 2017 - Scholarship- Australian Higher Education Sector Leadership Colloquium; Australian School of Applied Management.
  • 2016 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant ($110,000) over two years, working with colleagues in Samoa.
  • 2014 - Winner: Division of Tropical Environment & Societies Three Minute Thesis Competition ECR category
Fellowships
  • 2010 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • 2018 to 2023 - Research Associate at the University of Queensland's Centre for Policy Futures
  • 2015 to 2018 - Visiting Fellow, Media and Journalism, National University of Samoa
  • 2010 to 2014 - London East Research Institute (LERI)
Memberships
  • 2018 - International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • 2018 - Australian Coral Reef Society
  • 2018 - Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) and APSA Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Research Group.
  • 2018 - Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 53+ research outputs authored by Dr Maxine Newlands from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Tender

Understanding the influence of media and community narratives on Great Barrier Reef water quality management

Indicative Funding
$249,546 over 3 years
Summary
News media play a key role in communicating knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef and the risks it faces (Foxwell-Norton and Lester 2017). While media influence on community responses in contested marine protected areas has been demonstrated (Voyer et al. 2013), the multiple pathways through which media can influence outcomes for the GBR are not well understood. This project will map the GBR `media landscape? ? the sources of mainstream and social media, the communication networks and the narratives, values and behaviours in water quality decision-making and practice that media both shape and reflect. Ultimately, the analysis will deliver practical outputs through collaboration with GBR water quality management end users.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands, Tracey Mahony, Rachel Hay and Erin Bohensky (College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Business, Law & Governance and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Water Quality; Media; Governance; Social Media; Networks; behavioural

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Reef 2050 stakeholder network analysis

Indicative Funding
$43,476
Summary
Applying a Small World Theory (Watts,1999; Crossley, 2008) this project will generate data for analysis that will identify within the marine and GBR space, the existing highly connected yet geographical distant networks. Small World Theory data can then be used to support adaptive management practices within RIMReP and wider Reef related agencies. The project will assess the current landscape and provide an initial interface network map to show the multilayered nature of existing stakeholders.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands in collaboration with Pedro Fidelman (College of Arts, Society & Education and The University of Queensland)
Keywords
Barrier Reef; Marine Parks; Human Dimension; Monitoring; Governance; Evaluation

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP) - Contract Research

Great Barrier Reef stewardship classification review

Indicative Funding
$4,299
Summary
This project aims to conduct a systematic review that will led to a classification system for understanding ?stewardship? and how to evaluate outcomes of ?stewardship activities? in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Stewardship; Management; Governance; Marine Parks; Human; Etymology

Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia - Research Grant

How has journalistic practice shaped public knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef: A discourse analysis of the media clippings 2003-2018

Indicative Funding
$6,000
Summary
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is a national and global icon, yet only in the past five years have journalism scholars (c.f Lester and Foxwell-Norton (2018), Lankaster, Newlands, Bohenski, (2015 & 2020); Lloyd, Newlands, Petray, (2014;) begun to study the media reporting of GBR related issues. The decline of the GBR?s health in 2016/17 from back-to-back bleaching means there is a growing sense of urgency to better understand the journalistic practices of how such events and wider issues (such as mining and port expansions) frames Australia?s cultural understanding of this endangered ecosystem. This project with the digitalising of newspapers archives will benefit current and future journalism scholars and educators, add to an emerging field, and contribute towards better public understanding of what drives our understand of the GBR especially during and after catastrophic events such as bleaching.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Journalism; Barrier Reef; Governance; Marine Parks; Central Queensland; Discourse

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Trust Partnership

Regulatory and Permitting Planning for RRAP Program

Indicative Funding
$27,000 (administered by University of Queensland)
Summary
The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program brings together Australia?s leading experts to help preserve and restore the Great Barrier Reef. RRAP is a long-term research project to investigate the best science and technology options to help the Great Barrier Reef resist, repair and recover. This project focuses on research with RRAP scientists and regulators; in regulator and policy research space.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Barrier Reef; Restoration; Governance; Regulation; Adaptation

Department of Industry - Contract Research

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Design Phase

Indicative Funding
$286,500 over 2 years (administered by AIMS)
Summary
The RRAP Design Phase seeks to deliver a business case for government, industry and private investment, the primary objective of which is to develop reef restoration and adaptation technologies that can be applied at scale, within affordability and practicality limits, to retain key functional attributes of the Great Barrier Reef. This project will contribute JCU expertise to evaluating coral restoration methods, undertaking regulatory and institutional environment mapping required for restoration to occur and an analysis of the viewpoints and engagement of stakeholders in reef restoration.
Investigators
Ian McLeod, Maxine Newlands and Stewart Lockie (TropWATER, College of Arts, Society & Education and Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Reef Restoration
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • When do Scientists become Advocates? The Blurred line between Science and Advocacy and the Role of Social Media (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Defining Nannagogy: Investigating Older Women’s Environmental Citizenship Learning through the Experiences of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Detecting Bias, #fakenews and Infoganda in Digital Science Communication: Does Engagement with Scientific Misinformation Impact Environmental Policy? A Case Study of Great Barrier Reef Stakeholders (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Investigating corruption in Papua New Guinea through the patron-client structure: The citizens' perception (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Living Nature: Western Thinking and the Experience of Nature in the United States and in Australia in the 21st Century (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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