Research Themes

RE&D researchers work in Australia, Asia and the Pacific on contemporary challenges in climate change, conservation, ecosystem services, land transformations, water governance, extractive industries, gender and development, disaster response and more. Our thematic strengths include:

Climate change: energy transitions, adaptation and mitigation

We work on the diverse ways that societies and governments respond to climate change. Our research employs social science methods such as those...

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Environmental governance and regulation

Environmental governance refers to the local, national, and international processes involved in the management of the environment by key actors,...

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Environmental economics

Environmental and natural resources are the foundation for all economic activities. Water, air, land, and their related ecosystems provide...

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Food, agriculture, and rural development

Spikes in food prices and fears stirred up by a changing climate, growing energy and water needs and land grabbing, have heightened concerns...

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Decolonial and Indigenous studies

Decolonial and Indigenous studies deals with questions of importance to Indigenous peoples in Australia, the Pacific, and across the globe....

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Political ecology: Nature, power and state-society relations

The field of political ecology enables us to examine how power and knowledge influence the way that natural resources and the environment are used...

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Gender, resource rights and environmental justice

Gender, resource rights and environmental justice

Scholars in this group use feminist, critical, and postcolonial methods that are transdisciplinary and transformative to ask how social,...

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Resource geographies and value chains

Resource geography examines how natural resources are ‘produced’ from nature, and the social, political, economic, territorial, discursive and...

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