UWA Staff and Associates

Greg Acciaioli is currently working as an environmental anthropologist on such topics as contestations over protected areas, both marine and terrestrial, and the effects of local agricultural innovation on regimens of agricultural intellectual property. He has also conducted research on the relationship of the national Indigenous peoples’ movement to environmental issues in Indonesia and the social effects of the proliferation of oil palm estates in Central Kalimantan.

Rita Armstrong has interests in the intersection of engineering and society. She has researched relationships between communities and mining operations, as well as fruit-growers and water.

Jane Balme is an an archaeologist with interests in subsistence and social organisation in Pleistocene Australia, the development of gendered social organisation, and archaeology as a discipline.

Michael Blakeney is currently researching the protection of traditional and local agricultural knowledge, biotechnology patenting, food law and food waste minimization. He is advising the Commonwealth Secretariat on innovation and agricultural sustainability in the small member states and is currently working with collaborators in the Matariki University Network to establish a research network concerned with food waste minimization.

Bryan Boruff has interests focused on the application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards and environmental management issues including renewable energy production, population health and rural development. He has extensive experience working in developing nations in multidisciplinary settings with academic, private and government stakeholders.

Alison Bartlett has interests in the meanings of place when they become sites of activism, memorialisation, and social memory. She is currently working on the legacies of the women’s movement in contemporary feminist ecologies and epistemologies. She is a member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility, and has been a consultant for the National Museum of Australia.

Julian Clifton is interested in processes of interaction and conflict between local user groups and conservation policy-makers in the marine environment. He has a longstanding focus on marine protected area institutions and governance in Indonesia, and has recently been evaluating  vulnerability to climate change in fishing communities of the Seychelles and Australian coastal communities.

Stephen Dobbs is researching aspects of environmental history and development relating to the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand during the period of European colonialism in the region.His interest in environmental issues and history in the Southeast Asian region has involved research relating to issues around water and development along the Mekong River and Timor Leste.

Joe Dortch is an archaeologist who studies the interaction between hunter-gatherer societies and their environments, particularly in Australia. He has directed research projects investigating archaeological evidence for Late Pleistocene faunal extinctions, past Aboriginal burning and landscape management in south-western Australia, and sampling archaeological sites for ancient DNA extraction and analysis.

Andrea Gaynor is an environmental historian whose expertise encompasses the history of food production in Australian cities, Western Australian environmental history, agricultural history, animals in history and the history of fish and fishing. At present she is working with researchers from La Trobe University on an environmental history of the southern mallee lands of Australia, and a new project on nature and modernity in Australia. She is a member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility

Katie Glaskin is an anthropologist with extensive experience working in native title. Her research interests in legal and psychological anthropology are reflected in her publications in a number of areas including native title and customary land ownership, property and personhood, death, creativity, sleep, dreams, memory, emotion and perception.

Jenny Gregory is an historian with expertise in Australian urban history, planning history, heritage studies and Western Australian history. Her current projects include research into the history of Perth as a water sensitive city and responses to the loss of place – protest, emotional legacy and digital representation.

Catie Gressier’s research explores the ways in which the cultural values and practices of settler communities influence, and are influenced by, the particularities of their social and natural environments. With a regional focus on southern Africa and Australia, Catie has published on issues ranging from the anthropology of food (and meat in particular), through to tourism, racial and national identities, and issues of health and illness. Her current interest is in the food sovereignty movement and regenerative forms of livestock farming in Victoria and Western Australia.

Fiona Haslam-McKenzie is a geographer with extensive experience in population and socio-economic change, housing, regional economic development and analysis of remote, regional and urban socio-economic indicators. She has published widely and undertaken work for the corporate and small business sectors both nationally and in Western Australia as well conducting work for all three tiers of government.

Susan Hauri is an artist who is interested in eco-social work, biocultural diversity, biopolitics, solastalgia, grief and loss. She works at the intersections of artistic and social work methodologies and practices and is focused on urban ecological diversity and walking with first nations peoples.

Richard Hobbs is an ecologist with particular interests in vegetation dynamics and management, fragmentation, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and landscape ecology. My current research focuses on setting and achieving realistic restoration goals in a rapidly changing world. He is a member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility.

Stephen Hopper is a conservation biologist, trained and widely published in in evolution, ecology and taxonomy. He has broad interests in biodiversity and in devising ways for people to live sustainably with biodiversity on old, climatically-buffered infertile landscapes. He has worked in the Western Australian Government, at UWA, and been Director of two world class botanic gardens while maintaining an active field research program.

Tony Hughes-D’Aeth has research interests in Australian literature and film, and has recently been working on a literary history of the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Maria Ignatieva has worked on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design in Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and in Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala). Her latest FORMAS project in Sweden was dedicated to the lawn as cultural and ecological phenomenon and symbol of globalization ( Another research and teaching interest is history of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.

Nin Kirkham is interested in applied environmental ethics, bioethics and the ethics of technology. In particular, her work has focused on the concepts of nature and artifice as they are now employed, and have historically been employed, in ethical debates over the legitimacy of new technologies and manipulations of the environment.

Jade Lindley is a criminologist with an interest in transnational crime and its intersection with international law. Her research primarily focuses on maritime-based crimes in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Resti Meilani is a PhD student in the School of Social Sciences. She is working on environmental education for her PhD program under the supervision of Professor Lyn Parker and Dr Greg Acciaioli. Her research proposal entitled “Learning from ‘positive environmental deviants’ to improve environmental education in Indonesia”. Back home in Indonesia, she works as a faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources Conservation and Ecotourism, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University.

Clare Mouat is a Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environment with a specialisation in Human Geography and Planning at The University of Western Australia. As a scholar-activist for just, generous, healthy and inclusive cities, she is passionate about finding feasible and radically-progressive responses to the local and global challenges and crises facing us, our families and seven million of our closest neighbours.

Carolyn Oldham is an engineer with a strongly trans-disciplinary orientation.  She has led research projects in a number of developing countries, sits on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia, and for the last 6 years has been working in East Timor to build capacity in their Universities to train East Timorese engineers.

Lyn Parker is a social and cultural anthropologist with key research interests in the anthropology of Indonesia, women and gender relations, education and the environment.

Alistair Paterson has research interests in culture contact, historical archaeology in maritime and terrestrial settings, pastoralism, European colonization, historical rock art, and archaeological and historical methodology. Most of this is in Western Australia, particularly in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

Cristina E Ramalho is a postdoctoral research fellow with the NESP-funded Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub. Her research interests range across urban ecology, spatial ecology, and landscape ecology. She is particularly interested in the development of conceptual frameworks and tools (embedding concepts of ecological design, spatial planning, ecosystem management and social acceptability) that help better understanding and intervening in urban landscapes in order to increase their biodiversity conservation capacity and liveability for people. Conservation planning in the SWA global biodiversity hotspot is also a topic of major interest.

Anu Rammohan has research interests that lie at the intersection of a number of disciplinary areas including health economics, international development, agricultural economics, and economic geography. She has recently been researching food security and maternal and child health in developing countries, particularly India, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Alka Sabharwal is an Early Career Researcher with the discipline of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Social Sciences. She has research interests in the state, bureaucracy, and the politics of conservation in India and the Himalaya, with a particular focus on conservation contestations at the border region between India and China, and the role of the military in same.

Keith Smettem is a hydrologist with broad interests in water management.

Erika Techera works on international and comparative environmental law with a particular emphasis on marine governance. Her research explores international law related to marine megafauna, marine environmental law and heritage governance in small island States, as well as legal frameworks to support marine protected areas and marine spatial planning. Her most recent project explores the intersection of piracy, illegal fishing and human trafficking.

Matthew Tonts is a geographer with research and teaching interests largely centred on aspects of regional development, rural geography and economic development. An important part of his work has been applied research, particularly in the area of rural social and economic issues.

Yann Toussaint is an anthropologist who has extensive experience of working with cross-disciplinary research teams, managing community development and horticulture projects, and teaching and writing for diverse audiences. Based in the regional community of Albany on Western Australia’s beautiful south coast, his research is focused on analysing the socio-cultural dimensions of environmental issues.

Petra Tschakert‘s research activities and practice focus broadly on human-environment interactions and more specifically on rural livelihoods, environmental change, marginalization, social learning, and deliberate societal transformation. Her main interest lies in the theoretical and empirical intersections of political ecology, environmental justice, complex systems science, and participatory research.

Cate Turk is a cultural geographer currently working on the emotional geographies of Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier/ the Swan and Canning Rivers. Cate has a background in heritage theory and practice, and her research interests include the engagement of Indigenous people and knowledge in conservation, participatory mapping and the history of cartography.

Peter Veth is an archaeologist who has been involved in archaeological, ethnohistoric, ethnographic and maritime studies throughout Australia, Torres Strait, Maluku Province Indonesia, East Timor and Pitcairn Island. Beginning with surveys on the Sturt Creek of the SE Kimberley in to the Great Sandy Desert in 1980, he has now carried our several hundred projects, often in large multi-disciplinary teams, throughout Greater Australia.

Aileen Walsh is of Pila Nguru and Ngadju descent. She teaches in the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA and has research interests in colonial practices of naming Aboriginal people.

Vivienne Westbrook is a cultural historian who has written extensively on the afterlives of sixteenth-century texts, figures and issues. She is particularly interested in maritime culture. Her current research explores the cultural reception of sharks (Routledge 2017).


Elis Zuliati Anis will be working on media representations of natural, and not-so-natural disasters, perhaps focussing on photojournalism and on the forest fires of Borneo and Sumatra.

Iwan Apriwan will be researching Indonesia’s foreign policy in relation to climate change, exploring how domestic factors and international demands influence the way Indonesia formulates its foreign policy.

Don Boyer is undertaking a multidisciplinary doctoral research on a project in Jordan in the Near East. Although he is in Classics & Ancient History, he is a geologist by background and experience. His research includes studies on the physical and cultural landscape past and present.

Nicole Chalmer is undertaking research on the environmental history of the Esperance Mallee-Recherché Region of Western Australia, looking at shifts in social ecological systems from deep time to the present.

Buddhi Chaudhary Tharu is working on the contribution of indigenous knowledge system to adapt and mitigate climate change in agriculture. He is particularly interested in smallholder and marginal groups in Nepal.

Dawn Dickinson is exploring the nonmaterial benefits that people get from urban green spaces in Perth. She is especially interested in how people experience urban green space and whether it’s possible to connect with nature in the city.

Lindsay Hasluck comes from an ancient history/archaeology/anthropology background and is interested in environmental difficulties faced by, and/or caused by, ancient urbanism and the response in terms of city design. He is interested in seeing if there are answers to present day problems in past designs, especially for urban areas in difficult environments.

Rachel Galvin (English and Cultural Studies) is interested in representations of the garden with particular reference to the works of Elizabeth von Arnim and how they speak of the human desire to engage, interact and shape the environment around us.  Representations of gardens reveal both joy and intimacy with the more-than-human world, and a way of increasing knowledge of our place within the ecosystem.

Alicea Garcia’s research is focused on gendered dynamics of social inequality in Ghana’s Central Region. Specifically, she will be examining how gendered social inequality can affect smallholders’ adaptive capacities to climate change adaptation in rural communities.

Christine McCagh is deeply passionate about wildlife conservation, and after completing her BSc in Zoology and Botany, she spent seven years living and working in South Africa researching elephant behaviour and ecology, marine impact, and human-wildlife conflict. After returning to Australia, she published a study that examined the formulation of the WA Government’s shark culling policy. Currently, she is a PhD candidate exploring human-wildlife interactions, and the drivers that motivate conservation behaviour.

Karen Paiva Henrique (Geography)

Kelsie Prabawa-Sear (Asian Studies/Anthropology) is currently based in Indonesia. She is completing a PhD which examines how environmental education is contributing to creating the capacity for environmentally active citizenship amongst senior high school students. Kelsie also works with environmental NGOs on capacity building related to environmental and conservation education.

Kara Salter (Anthropology)

Kendra Travaille is interested in how we can improve global fishery outcomes and work to understand how to best address the complex social-ecological problems keeping many fisheries from achieving sustainability goals. ​Her current PhD research examines the use of collaborative, market-based tools, such as fishery improvement projects (FIPs) for governing change in wild-capture fisheries using case studies from the Caribbean and Central America.

Gracie Verde Selva is studying how a Brazilian ecological fiscal transfer scheme impacts on local socio-economic development in impoverished forest communities. My research focuses on how policy mechanisms can support and empower traditional communities and contribute towards development that has natural values as its foundation.

Marnie Tonkin (Anthropology and Architecture)