Socio-economic Systems & Natural Resource Management

Focusing on the interactions between people and aquatic systems. Engaging with local communities to learn more about the way in which humans affect and are affected by their environment.

Throughout the world, most of the threats to aquatic and coastal ecosystems are anthropogenic – caused by, for example, the overuse of surface and groundwater, the pollution of fresh and saltwater, resource extraction, and habitat alteration. Recognising the central role that humans play, we focus on the interactions between people and aquatic systems, looking for ways of influencing and/or managing those systems for a sustainable future. Geographically, our research focuses on northern Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Working closely with local communities, we combine insights from those ‘on the ground’ with insights from a variety of western-science disciplines to learn more about the way in which humans affect, and are affected by, each other and their environment.

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