Alexis Farr



Associate Professor Leah Gibbs 


Thesis: Fish Futures: Cultural Geographies of Freshwater Ecosystems

This research project considers the ecological, social and cultural implications of environmental change for freshwater fish, their ecosystems and human communities. It recognises that fish help people sustain their cultural identities, and care and connect with the natural world. The research programme is developing innovative approaches for multi-species fish management that are underpinned by knowledges of climate change, sociocultural values, and future species dynamics. The aim is to build shared understanding, respect and reconciliation of different values for fishes. 

This PhD contributes to the larger Fish Futures research project through an Australian-based study of fish mobilities and fish ecosystems across freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments. The project will involve original field research and qualitative methodologies such as interviews, oral history, visual and underwater observations, local ecological knowledges and values mapping, and digital storytelling. 

Funding & Awards

Fish Futures PhD Scholarship, funded by the Government of New Zealand

2022 University Medal, Environmental Humanities - UNSW

2022 Highly Commended Award - Geographical Society of NSW, Honours and Masters Conference