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;


Beau is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RIEL, CDU. He is currently working on an ARC-funded project titled: Integrating Measures of Indigenous Land and Sea Management Effectiveness. This project seeks to develop measures of the effectiveness of Indigenous land and sea management on its biophysical, cultural, social and economic objectives for both people and the environment. As Indigenous people across Australia have been saying for a long time, land and sea management produces many significant social, cultural and livelihood benefits for local communities in addition to increased biodiversity, reduced carbon emissions and threatened species protection.

Beau is working with Indigenous land and sea managers to develop plans for Country and monitoring and evaluation tools to measure ‘success’. Most of this work is happening through partnerships with Wunambal Gaambera people in the north Kimberley and the Balngarra Clan near the Arafura Swamp.

This work has been guided by three principles: ‘co-production’, ‘good faith’ and ‘ground up’.

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.

My Places