We live in a complex world of multiple social and biophysical interactions and consequences. Even with stable conditions, deciding what is ‘best’ for the human and non-human elements of landscapes is challenging. The global warming and rising human populations that delineate the Anthropocene add more uncertainty and complexity to the task of living and managing well. In these conditions it is imperative to question and learn, and university based research is an important aspect of societal learning. I contribute to increasing knowledge and wisdom through research projects, including those listed on this page.

Research Grants and consultancies

Summary: The 25 research projects with which I have been involved are valued at over $3.7M; [P] denotes role as principal investigator.

  • 2019 Understanding adoptability of techniques and practices for improved soil management, Soil CRC, $322 000
  • 2019 Collaborative approaches to innovation, Soil CRC, $75 000
  • 2019 Surveying on- farm Practice, Soil CRC, $230 000
  • 2018 Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative: Results of Landcare NSW’s Report Card 2 Organisation Capacity Survey, 2017 & 2018, NSW Landcare, $20 000
  • 2018 Review of the Murray Landcare Collective and Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator project 2014-2018 Holbrook Landcare Network, $5500
  • 2017 Scoping systems of acceptance of improved soil management, with a focus on decision support systems and tools, CRC HPS, $48 000 [P]
  • 2017 Improving salinity and agriculture water management in the Indus Basin of Pakistan, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Small R&D Activity, $50 000
  • 2017 Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Lake Cowal Foundation, Lake Cowal Foundation, $25 000 [P]
  • 2017 Building knowledge of Country and measuring its health, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, $15 000
  • 2016 Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan, ACIAR, $2.1M
  • 2015 Community Groups Capacity Check, Murray Local Land Services, $30 000 [P]
  • 2015 Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, Murray Local Land Services, $15 000 [P]
  • 2014 Soil Condition Monitoring Project, Murray Local Land Services [landholder survey component], $90 000
  • 2011 Review of River Murray System operations adaptive management approach, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, $10 000 [P]
  • 2010 Roadside Landholder Engagement Project, Indigo Shire, $9900 [P]
  • 2010 Rapid Appraisal methods review, Policy, Governance and Communications Division Industry & Investment NSW, $4000 [P]
  • 2010-2011 Focus Farm Wetland Study, Murrumbidgee CMA, Caring For Our Country & NSW Government, $257,000 [Project Lead, social research component]
  • 2008 Review of environmental outcomes of flushing flows, National Water Initiative, $70 000 [Lead, social research component]
  • 2007-2008 Evaluation of the Roadside Partnership Program, for Indigo and Wangaratta Shires, $2500 [P]
  • 2007-2008 Support for publication of Adaptive Management book, Land & Water Australia, $4000 [P]
  • 2006-2008, Exploring the outcomes of an innovative communication approach, Healthier Soils in the NSW Murray Catchment Project, $30 000
  • 2005- 2007, River Tender, North East Catchment Management Authority, $110 000
  • 2005, Participatory action research, NE Landcare Networks and North East Catchment Management Authority, pro bono [P]
  • 2005, Evaluation of the Rural Land Stewardship Program, NECMA, $30 000
  • 2004-2006, Improved seasonality of flows through irrigation demand management and system harmonisation, CRC for Irrigation Futures, $210 000 [Lead, social research component]
  • 2002, NECMA, Review of North East Salinity Strategy, $25 000 [P]


Yallakool Creek, NSW
Community perceptions of environmental flows, Yallakool Creek, NSW
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Punjab, Pakistan
Tube well: Okara district, Punjab, Pakistan
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Stagno di S'Ena Arrubia
Understanding farmers and water pollution, Stagno di S’Ena Arrubia, Arborea, Sardinia
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