Stewart Lockie is an environmental sociologist whose research addresses environmental governance and risk in a variety of contexts including climate change, biodiversity conservation, agriculture and food security, the greening of consumption practices, and the social impacts of resource development.

Recent publications include Failure or Reform? Market-Based Policy Instruments for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management, published in 2019 by Routledge, London.Prof Lockie is also Foundation Editor of the journal Environmental Sociology and past-President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society.

Understanding and informing a range of potential futures is a key theme in Prof Lockie’s research and professional service. In 2016, he contributed to the Global Sustainable Development Report and participated in ministerial sessions of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Prof Lockie played a key role in establishment of the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub and is co-leader of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program’s Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram.

In 2012, Prof 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
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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Journal Articles
Book Chapters

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 171+ research outputs authored by Prof Stewart Lockie from 1992 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program

Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Indicative Funding
$2,500,000 over 2 years, in partnership with Sensand Technologies Pty Ltd ($20,000)
The TNQ Agricultural Innovation Hub is anchored as part of the established TNQ Drought Hub and will sit within the JCU ideas Lab in Cairns ? on the traditional land of the Yirrganydji people. Under the TNQ Agricultural Innovation Hub (as part of the broader TNQ Drought Hub) JCU will bring together producers, agriculture companies, supply chain businesses, innovators, start-ups, investors, and researchers to drive agricultural innovation in Northern Australia. The TNQ Agricultural Innovation Hub can also leverage the expertise of JCU?s Innovation Advisory Committee (IAC) and Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) as/when required to support new project concepts.
David Phelps, Rachel Hay, Daniel Christie, Simon Page, Emily Harrington, Brook Orr, Samantha Horseman, Nico Adams, Luke Deacon, Allan Dale, Stewart Lockie, Yvette Everingham, Jane Oorschot, Nicole Lucas, Darryl Lyons and Christine Pitt (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, Research & Innovation Services, Cairns Institute, N Lucas Pty Ltd and Farmers 2 Founders (Australia))
Innovation; Commercialisation; Technology Adoption; Agriculture; Ag-tech; Producers

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

Stakeholder perceptions and co-benefits

Indicative Funding
$144,000 over 3 years
This project will provide the first empirical examination of GBR stakeholder perspectives related to COTS and their management. It will leverage sociocultural research planned as part of RRAP, extending those stakeholder engagements and interviews to measure perceptions of acceptability, risks and benefits related to COTS control. It will also assess the regulatory and policy implications of selected novel control methods.
Stewart Lockie, Victoria Graham, Gillian Paxton and Pedro Fidelman (Cairns Institute and The University of Queensland)
crown of thorns

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

Stakeholder perceptions of COTS management, socio-economic risks, opportunities and co-benefits

Indicative Funding
$488,144 over 3 years
The overarching aim of this project is to support the development and deployment of COTS management options that are perceived by the public and stakeholders as socially responsible and acceptable. Project objectives address public and stakeholder perceptions of COTS and COTS management, the distribution of social, economic and cultural opportunities and risks associated with COTS control, and the regulatory and policy implications of a limited number of novel control strategies including the use of semiochemical attractants. This research will be the first empirical examination of GBR stakeholder perspectives related to the species crown of thorns starfish.
Stewart Lockie, Victoria Graham, Gillian Paxton and Pedro Fidelman (Cairns Institute and The University of Queensland)
crown of thorns

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Restoration and Adaptation Science (RRAP)

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram, Social Licence and Impact Monitoring sub-project.

Indicative Funding
$1,394,000 over 4 years, in partnership with CSIRO ($505,000); QUT Faculty Research Support ($382,000) and the University of Queensland ($116,000)
The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) is the world?s largest effort to help a significant ecosystem survive climate change. This cross-institutional program draws together experts from a variety of disciplines and focusses on the design and implementation of effective technologies and strategies to intervene in and restore the resilience of the Reef under climate change. RRAP?s Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Sub-Program aims to ensure that technologies and management options developed under the program are socially and culturally responsible, and that their use is acceptable to stakeholders, Traditional Owners, managers, communities and the public. The Sub-Program is divided in three sub-projects: (i) Social licence and impact monitoring (ii) Best-practice engagement; and (iii) Adaptive governance and learning. JCU leads the Social Licence and Impact Monitoring (SLM) sub-project, which will see researchers engaging directly with stakeholder groups, Traditional Owners, communities and the Australian public more broadly to collect qualitative and quantitative data to support research outcomes across the RRAP Program.
Stewart Lockie, Bruce Taylor, Karen Vella, Erin Bohensky, Kirsten Maclean, Pethie Lyons, Samantha Stone-Jovicich, Micahela Coslin, Matthew Curnock and Brent Ritchie in collaboration with Liana Williams, Gillian Paxton, Victoria Graham, John Brooksbank, Nathan Cook and Danielle Nembard (Cairns Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland)
climate adaptation; stateholder engagement; environmental knowledges; Resilience; indigenous engagement; Great Barrier Reef

Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Knowledge Integration for Torres Strait Sustainability

Indicative Funding
$387,811 over 5 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 Academy)
Torres Strait; Sustainability; Sustainable Development; knowledge integration; knowledge translation

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

Crown-of-thorns starfish control innovation program ? Feasibility and Design Phase (Phase 1)

Indicative Funding
$346,700 over 1 year
Recognising that manual control of COTS during outbreaks is not, on its own, an ideal long-term solution, new efforts were launched in 2016 to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach for COTS (as part of the National Environmental Science Program), led by CSIRO and involving numerous partners. This approach relies on understanding COTS distribution, movement and population dynamics, targeting critical locations and exploring new and more effective control methods. This involves both improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the current methods while also focusing efforts to better understand and manage the pre-conditioning and initiation of outbreaks. A Feasibility and Design Phase (Phase 1) is focused on assessing the feasibility (technical, social and regulatory) and modelling the benefit (impact) at scale of a broad range of possible improvements and interventions. Applying a transparent and consistent scientific framework, this Phase will lead to recommendations on priority areas that should be further investigated and developed
Morgan Pratchett, Damien Burrows, Ciemon Caballes, Stewart Lockie and Carla Ewels (Research Division, College of Science & Engineering and Cairns Institute)
Coral Reef; acanthaster spp; Management; Disturbance; Monitoring

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

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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.

  • A sea of voices: ontological imaginaries and realities of climate change in the Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Mobilising Communities for Reef Restoration and Stewardship (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)
  • Risk Perception and Intersectionality: Implications for Large-scale Restoration and Adaptation (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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