I’ve been involved in supervising an incredibly interesting range of Honours and PhD projects over the past few years. Here are some details about my wonderful students’ and their projects …
Nicola Perry is currently working on a project about gendered reactions to conservation zoning in the Tonle Sap, Cambodia. Her project is titled “Gender and Lore in NRM/Conservation: a case study of the Tonle Sap, Cambodia” and she will be conducting her fieldwork over the December 2016/January 2017 period.
Hannah Della Bosca undertook an Honours project investigating the way in which a contested coal mining development in the vicinity of Lithgow, New South Wales (NSW), was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) in a decision-making process extended by an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007 (NSW). Her analysis employed the principles of environmental justice within a legal geography approach to examine how communities mobilised their justice claims through different constructions of ‘local’ interest during the decision-making process.
Matthew Salgo worked on a Honour’s research programme about recent changes to the New South Wales vegetation clearance laws as a result of bushfire events in this State. After devastating bushfires in NSW in 2013 a Vegetation Clearing Scheme was introduced through new laws: the Rural Fires (Vegetation Clearing) Amendment Bill 2014 (2014). Check out the NSW Rural Fire Service site, http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing, for more information. Matt used a legal geography lens to understand the ways in which these new laws might operate in bushfire prone areas of outer/peri-urban Sydney.
Natasha Livingstone worked on a project about the regulation and lack thereof of soil conservation laws in New South Wales. This project took place in the International Year of Soils, http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/. Natasha’s work examined why it is that we don’t value soils in the same way we value other natural resources. Natasha looked at the legal landscape of soil laws in NSW and, using qualitative methods of data collection, she talked to farmers about how they view and value their soils.
Elizabeth Robertson wrote an Honour’s thesis examining the phenomenon of farm tourism in two peri-urban regions in New South Wales. This work looked at the barriers and enablers (regulatory and other) to success in the farm diversification strategy of farm tourism. After writing up a great thesis Liz went on to work in Policy with the New South Wales Local Government Association.
Madeline Davey, wrote an Honour’s thesis called “Harbouring Discontent: World Heritage, the Great Barrier Reef and the Gladstone Port Development”. Maddie’s thesis investigated high-user stakeholder perspectives (the fishers and conservationists/researchers of Gladstone Harbour) about the management of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Maddie and I subsequently published part of this thesis in the Australian Geographer, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00049182.2014.899025. Maddie went on to work on community fishery management in the Phillipines and is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland.
I’ve also been involved in supervising the following postgraduate PhD projects:
Ms Ming Li Yong is undertaking a PhD entitled “Producing scales of resistance: Transboundary community-based resistance to mainstream Lower Mekong Basin dams” and is about to begin her fieldwork season.
Mr Sopheak Chann is also conducting his PhD research in Cambodia. Sopheak is looking at natural resource management, protected area regimes and spatial complexity in the Cardamom Mountains of western Cambodia. Sopheak is conducting his fieldwork in a context where rapid exploitation of NRM is creating a distinctive space; a rural frontier where both potentialities to develop and conserve are contested at a variety of spatial and institutional scales.
Dr Jessie Connell completed a PhD that is critically reflecting on issues surrounding the Cambodian Railway Rehabilitation Project. Jessie used her background in the law to analyse the project and to look at the role of NGOs and advocacy vis a vis (relocation and other) impacts on localised populations along the new railway corridor in central Cambodia.