Research themes

List of all projects

All RE&D research projects are aligned with one or two of the Program's five major research themes, outlined in the box to the right

All CURRENT staff and student research projects.

All COMPLETED staff and student research projects

Agricultural landscapes and catchment processes

Irrigation canal

Agricultural landscapes are increasingly characterised by resource tension and competition. New cultivation regimes, new forms of state regulation, and strengthened linkages between agricultural and non-agricultural sectors mean that rural resource management institutions face an array of new challenges...

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Environmental policies, regimes and institutions


Increasing awareness of the need to protect or manage the natural environment has given rise to increasingly complex institutional arrangements for environmental governance...

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Local knowledge, common property, community practice

Shark hooks

There is widespread debate about the relationship between systems of 'rational', scientific or bureaucratic knowledge and bodies of local, traditional or indigenous knowledge in the management of natural resources. However, it is not clear how the status accorded to these latter forms of knowledge relates to the willingness and ability of local or ...

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Scaling ecosystem change in time and space

Ware Ilsand

It is becoming increasingly apparent that long-lasting land use legacies need to be part of present-day environmental assessment and natural resource management. The subtle but persistent effects of past human activities may have profound consequences for modern ecosystems and the people who rely on these ecosystems for their subsistence...

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Social and economic sustainability of extractive industry

Artisanal miners in Sri Lanka

Conventional economic theories propose that natural resource endowments are part of a nation's overall wealth, and thus contribute to investment, economic growth, and social welfare. However, there is a growing body of evidence that developing countries and countries in transition have not been able to exploit these resources to bring about a susta...

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