Natural resources-based Livelihoods

Natural resource management is essentially about managing people. The management of land, water, vegetation, wildlife, coastlines and marine resources occurs through the aggregate and cumulative impact of the countless everyday decisions and actions taken by us -- humans. Those decisions and actions are in turn influenced by our values, beliefs, hopes and fears, our understanding, our economic circumstances and social norms and institutions such as property rights, regulations, prices and so on.

Livelihoods is a broad concept -- literally how we make a living and how we live our lives -- that encapsulates the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of nations, people and communities. It is crucial to understand how pastoral activities, agriculture, mining, tourism and the use of bush products contribute to the wellbeing of people -- Indigenous and non-Indigenous -- in the desert, the north and surrounding tropical countries.

The livelihoods lens -- specifically the link between livelihoods and the environment -- provides an integrating focus for RIEL. The detailed knowledge of ecosystem conditions and processes emerging from environmental research in the other themes, is combined with an appreciation of societal drivers to provide policy makers and managers with an understanding of options and their likely ecological, economic, social and cultural implications.

This multi-faceted approach is attracting post-graduate scholars from across Australia and the region. These students are researching pressing livelihood questions in their home countries, to which they return with new insights and enhanced skills. Back in their home countries, these CDU alumni will strengthen bonds with Australia well into the future. The economists, anthropologists, policy analysts and other social scientists who drive RIEL’s livelihoods research also provide many services to government and environment-based industries.


People in the group

Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey's picture
Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey
Natural resources-based livelihoods, Associate Professor
Dr. Abu Nasar Abdullah's picture
Dr. Abu Nasar Abdullah
Frances Every's picture
Frances Every
Alumni - PhD Student
Julian Gorman's picture
Julian Gorman
Research Fellow
Indrawati Y. Asmara's picture
Indrawati Y. Asmara
Luke Preece's picture
Luke Preece
Nick Hogarth's picture
Nick Hogarth
Nick Smith's picture
Nick Smith
Ria Fitriana's picture
Ria Fitriana
Dr Sarah Hobgen's picture
Dr Sarah Hobgen
Research Associate
Prof. Owen Stanley's picture
Prof. Owen Stanley
Kamal Melvani's picture
Kamal Melvani
PhD Student