Masters title: Exploring Perceptions and Policies Concerning Shark Mitigation on the East Coast of Australia
My research focuses on use of the ocean-spaces in relational to human-shark encounters on the east coast of Australia. While the common narrative is that human-shark encounters end in shark bite, the reality is far more complex. My research specifically focuses on exploring how people negotiating their use of ocean after an encounter and how this effect their perceptions to sharks and policies concerning sharks. By using qualitative GIS and relationality I hope to gain a greater understanding of people’s behaviour around the ocean and sharks.