Landscape and Environmental Sociology encompasses social and ecological systems associated with: public open space, urban agriculture, the urban and peri-urban fringe, regional towns and rural landscapes.
The Landscape and Environmental Sociology group grapples with the construction of social ecological knowledge in for example: placed-based communities , scientific knowledge in government agencies, the socio-economic drivers of rural land use change, bushfire practices , climate change risk communication, policy and social [mal]adaptation to drought and social ecological resilience.
As a group we have developed research practice capacities in:
- critical social theory
- social ecological systems
- resilience studies
- rural sociology
- complexity science
- landscape policy and planning
- natural resource management
Landscape and environmental sociology focuses on everyday practices, policy and planning relating to natural resource and environmental management across land and water. As social scientists, we are interested in social change, in issues of power, equity, social justice and a strong civic society. Our research addresses the fundamental issues and assists with processes to engage with sustainability in the 21st century.
We teach, coordinate or co-coordinate and teach into:
- ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments in the Bachelor of Environments, and available as breadth to other degrees
- NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
- NRMT90014 Sustainable Landscapes
- ABPL90320 Building Resilient Settlements
More Landscape and Environmental Sociology
- Professor Ruth Beilin, The focus of Ruth’s work to date is on everyday landscapes and 'ordinary' people - policy frameworks, planning institutions, resource use - in a landscape context centred on human interaction with 'space' and 'place'.
- Dr Helena Bender (Senior Tutor and co-Coordinator Reshaping Environments) , Helena applies her training as a behavioural ecologist and teacher, of both primary and secondary students, to inspire first year Bachelor of Environments students and research at the intersection between education, sustainability and complex theory
- Dr Karen Reid (Research Fellow), Karen researches local knowledge of social-ecological systems and has a particular interest in how people make sense of everyday life in fire adapted landscapes
- Dr Jana-Axinja Paschen (Research Fellow), Jana-Axinja is a cultural geographer and landscape sociologist who studies human-environment interactions in disaster risk and natural resource management policy and practice.
- Tarnya Kruger (Research Assistant and PhD ongoing), Tarnya has an interest in rural communities and in particular, volunteering and her research focuses on the way local knowledge is constructed to build collaborative understanding, skills and practices in environmental management.
- Amanda Lo Cascio (Research Assistant), Ecologist with emphasis on field based and spatial ecology (GIS) studies and microbat call identification. Research interests include social research methods and conservation management.
- Claire Collie (Research Assistant), With a background in anthropology, Claire is interested in the cultures of landscapes – how they are produced, consumed and imagined
- Francisco Gelves-Gomez (Sessional tutor), Francisco's main interests lie at the interface between social and natural sciences. His main research focuses on adaptive management, community natural resource management, conservation of natural resources, resilience, socio-ecological systems and environmental and social justice.
- Johanna Christenson (PhD candidate), "Making the connection between history, agricultural diversity and place: The story of Victorian Apples".
- Lisa Arnaud (PhD candidate), Lisa's research is a case study of economic transition in a rural landscape and takes a Foucauldian approach to exploring emerging, historical practices of identity and how they influence the political responsiveness of local citizens.
- Marcela Chaves (PhD candidate), "(Re) meanings of nature in a neoliberal globalized modern world: two cases of Colombian indigenous communities".
- Kamal Gaire (PhD candidate), "Withdrawing, resisting, maintaining and adapting: food security and vulnerability in Jumla, Nepal".
- Basundhara Bhattarai (PhD candidate), "Investigating agrobiodiversity management practices in Hanspur village of Nepal Himalayas".
- Sebastian Rodrigues Claros (Masters of Environment), "Framing disaster risk resilience: A case study of a coastal socio-ecological system in Uraba, Colombia".
- Belinda Young (Masters of Environment), Unofficial fire refuges.
- Elvira Hewson (Masters of Environment), Elvira Hewson is exploring ideas of resilience, sustainability and equity in relation to food systems in non-urban ares through a research project as part of a Masters of the Environment.
- Jordan Traill (Masters of Environment), Jordon's research focus is on the relationship between farmers, Brolga (Grus rubicunda) and implication for conservation of the species on private land in south-west Victoria.
- Damon Velakoulis (Honours Landscape Management), Land use change and the impact of fracking.
- Georgia Miller (Visiting Scholar, PhD Candidate, University of NSW), Georgia's research explores the public interest dimensions of policy in relation to emerging technologies, using nanotechnology as a central case study.
- Lilian Pearce (Visiting Scholar Australian National University), Lilian is a PhD candidate exploring ecological restoration narratives and practice that embrace more than single historical reference points to support ongoing place-relations and inclusive and reflective ecological management through times of change.