Professor Stewart Lockie began his research career investigating the evolution and impacts of environmental policy in agriculture. This has since been extended to studies of biodiversity conservation, environmental standards, markets in ecosystem services, food security, coastal management, resource development, management of natural and industrial hazards etc. 

Professor Lockie’s work is multidisciplinary, high impact and focussed on critical issues associated with global social and environmental change. 

Professor Lockie is involved in numerous leadership activities both within and external to the University. He is immediate past President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society and a member of the International Council for Science’s Committee for Scientific Planning and Review. He is also Foundation Editor of the journal Environmental Sociology.

In 2012, Professor Lockie was elected to fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

  • Environmental policy
  • Natural resource management
  • Food security
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Natural and industrial hazards
  • Sustainable development
  • Climate governance
  • Social impact assessment
Research Disciplines
  • 2012 - Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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Book Chapters

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 146+ research outputs authored by Prof Stewart Lockie from 1993 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Knowledge Integration for Torres Strait Sustainability

Indicative Funding
$387,811 over 3 years
This project aims to support sustainable development in the Torres Strait through the development of practical, locally-relevant strategies for collating, generating and integrating knowledge relevant to the management of intersecting social, economic and environmental challenges. The project seeks to generate new knowledge about how Torres Strait Islander people construct the idea of sustainable development by integrating participatory and quantitative methodologies to support research evaluation and decision-making in a way that supports community aspirations. The expected outcomes include enhanced capacity of Torres Strait Islander people to effectively seek the knowledge that is most useful in their decision-making for sustainability.
Felecia Watkin, Stewart Lockie and Natalie Stoeckl in collaboration with Sanchia Shibasaki and Cass Hunter (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Cairns Institute and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Torres Strait; Sustainability; Sustainable Development; knowledge integration; knowledge translation

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Regional Queensland Coordinator for NESP Northern Hub.

Indicative Funding
$330,000 over 4 years
The role of the NESP Regional Queensland Coordinator is to: Help coordinate meetings and engagement within the region (Currently have a least four projects operating in the Cape/Mitchell/Gulf area); Organise workshops or briefings (plus conference displays or sessions) to communicate project outputs; Work with the communications team in Darwin to prepare project level communications materials; Help with negotiating research agreements with Indigenous communities if they are needed; Be a point of liaison for the Hub with regional stakeholders i.e.. NRM groups, Indigenous, Industry.
Stewart Lockie (Cairns Institute)
Traditional Owners; Land Management

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Consultancy

Community Insights survey content development

Indicative Funding
Development of a conceptual framework and associated scales, informed by contemporary developments in environmental sociology, to guide Community Insights Surveys and contribute to the evidence base for measuring progress against social goals embedded in the DPIE outcomes framework and the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework.
Stewart Lockie (Cairns Institute)
Climate Change Policy; Environmental Sociology

Department of Industry - Contract Research

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Design Phase

Indicative Funding
$286,500 over 2 years (administered by AIMS)
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.
Ian McLeod, Maxine Newlands and Stewart Lockie (TropWATER, College of Arts, Society & Education and Cairns Institute)
Great Barrier Reef; Reef Restoration

Mission Australia - Contract Research

Stronger Together ? Cairns South Early Years Collective Impact Initiative

Indicative Funding
$225,000 over 3 years
Community Partner Funding: Cairns South and Yarrabah Communities for Children. This project will support the Early Years sector to lead the development of a detailed child development 'agenda' and to establish long-term system improvements that can lead to better support for children and their families in Cairns South.
Allan Dale, Stewart Lockie, Fiona Allison and Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Early years; Socio-economic disadvantage; Cairns South; Collective impact; Yarrabah; Families

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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.

  • Gugu Badhan Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Nationhood. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From Rural to Digital: Mobile Money in the Development Context—A Case Study in Rural Kasese, Uganda (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Country Self-binding to the G20 and Financial Stability Board Reforms for Global Finance: Implications for Policy Negotiations (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Rifts and Reconnection: An Examination of Reconnective Mitigative Practices under Capitalism (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Media Representation and Social Acceptance of Reef restoration and Adaptation Science (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • A sociological exploration of the digital nomad lifestyle and its implications for the future of work (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • The Drivers of Sustainability in Small Communities in Northern Australia (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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

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