Dr. Beau Austin

Dr. Beau Austin
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Primary research group: 
Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
B. Business (International Business); B. Arts (Hons) - Political Economy; PhD - Economic Geography;


Dr. Beau Austin is a human geographer with interests in intercultural governance, sustainable development, and collaborative use of multiple knowledges to inform decision-making mechanisms concerning social-cultural-ecological systems. His current appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is jointly funded by Charles Darwin University and the CSIRO.


He has over 10 years of experience working with Traditional Owners and their organisations in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, on issues such as:

  • Recognising and strengthening local knowledges and governance;
  • Collaborative co-production of knowledge through the mobilisation of Indigenous knowledges;
  • Increasing the capacity of Traditional Owners, rangers & their partners to demonstrate multiple benefits and return on investment; and
  • Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs to develop business opportunities from their Country.


Beau has worked intensively with Indigenous clan groups, entrepreneurs, rangers and researchers, while contributing expertise to regional, national and international processes such as the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Convention for Biological Diversity. 

Before joining academia, Beau worked in community development and for the Australian government. He has Bachelors degrees majoring in politics and international business, and wrote his doctoral thesis on success factors for Indigenous wildlife-based enterprise in northern Australia.

My projects

At present, Indigenous land and sea management effectiveness is mostly assessed on the biop

People I work with

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Prof Stephen Garnett
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Hmalan Hunter-Xenie
Research Associate
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Judit Szabo
Adjunct - Research Fellow
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Arturo Izurieta
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Jennifer Macdonald
PhD Candidate
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Veronica Toral-Granda
Ph.D. Candidate

My blog posts

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“People have been having this conversation about our project for decades,” reveals RIEL Research Fellow Beau Austin.

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In February this year, RIEL colleague Hmalan Hunter-Xenie and I travelled to Mindanao in the southern Philippines to learn more about conservation, livelihoods and indigenous culture in the region.

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