Physical environments, the designation of ‘environmental problems’, and the forms and logics of social, policy and management responses, are ever-changing. The complex interrelation of socio-cultural, economic, ethical, and political dimensions of environmental and natural resource issues has rendered the question of how we navigate changing environments more complex and vexed than ever. Uncertain trajectories of environmental change, social equity, cultural norms and practices, and the entanglements of nature/culture add further to these difficulties.
Our research engages this complexity. Our point of departure is the possibility of multiple relationships with nature and their diverse consequences. We track these relations and implications through critically-informed research, predominantly based upon rich empirical evidence garnered from in-depth fieldwork. Knitted together by these ideas, we conduct research in urban, rural, and remote landscapes, and in those places between the city and country. We work across and with multiple communities on topics including invasive species management, disasters, human-wildlife conflict, Indigenous connection to Country, rural stewardship, and the intersections of these topics with themes such as gender and ethnicity.
Our research is driven and informed by questions that speak to the struggle to adequately and equitably address environmental problems:
- In the face of very real environmental challenges, how can diverse knowledges, practices and capacities inform and enhance the ways we relate to and govern environments?
- How might alternative approaches to environmental research and issues enable us to hear and amplify Indigenous and other marginalised voices in the face of environmental uncertainty?
- How can culturally-informed environmental research enhance adaptive capacity and community cohesion in contexts of disasters and environmental change?
- How can we co-exist with non-human species that are both threatened and potentially threatening to human life, livelihood, and valued environments?