Dr Lisa Petheram

Dr Lisa Petheram
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Primary research group: 
Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods
PhD (Charles Darwin University) Bachelor of Science with honours (Australian National University)


Lisa is a social scientist with interests at the interface between society and the environment. Her work and research experience has been mainly on natural resource management issues among communities in Australia, SE Asia and Africa. Through Lisa's work she has developed knowledge and skills in research, participatory communication and education - relating to sustainable management, Indigenous NRM, environmental policy, climate adaptation, food security, housing vulnerability, gender and migration issues. Lisa is particularly interested in participatory, visual, creative and playful approaches to research and development, and the way art, stories and technology can help engage people on complex issues, and bridge research and policy gaps.

Lisa is currently based in Canberra and working for Australia21 (australia21.org.au), and is also a research and community engagement consultant, a University Fellow with RIEL at Charles Darwin University, and a Visiting Fellow with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University.


Major reports and working papers

Petheram, L. 2014. Home Truths: Older women’s housing vulnerability in the A.C.T. ACT Shelter, Canberra.

Webb, B. Petheram, L and Weiske, P. 2014 Climate Adaptation Decision Support Strategies: Developing a National Agenda. LAPS Final Report. Submitted to the Department of the Environment, Australia.

Petheram, L., Fleming, A., Stacey, N. and Perry, A. 2013 Indigenous women’s  preferences for climate change adaptation and aquaculture development to build  capacity in the Northern Territory, National Climate Change Adaptation Research  Facility, Gold Coast, pp. 76.

Petheram, L., Lockie, S. and Dixon, J. 2011. Food security in Australia: A mixed plate. HC Coombs Policy Forum Discussion Paper. ANU, Canberra.

Garnett, S., Puig, J., Huchery, C., Petheram, L., Collier, N., Concu, G. and Brooke, C. 2009. Integrated scenario planning across shared landscapes. Report to the Natural Resource Management Board (NT). School for Environmental Research-Charles Darwin University, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and WWF Australia. 44 pp.

Stacey, N., Petheram, L. and Ainsworth, G. 2008. NAILSMA/TS - CRC – Dugong and marine turtle project partner feedback survey report, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Petheram, L., Campbell, B., Tiveau, D. and Marunda, C. 2007. The Wealth of the Dry Forests: How African Forests can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals. European Tropical Forest Research Network News 47/48.

Petheram, L., Campbell, B., Marunda, C., Tiveau, D. and Shackleton, S. 2006. Can sound forest management contribute to the Millennium Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa? Forest Livelihood Briefs, No. 5, October 2006. CIFOR, Bogor.

Shackleton, S., Kaschula, S., Twine, W., Hunter, L., Holding-Anyonge, C., Petheram, L. 2006. Forests as safety nets for mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa. CIFOR Policy Brief. Number 4, September 2006. CIFOR, Bogor.

Petheram, L. 2006. Literature Review on Sustainability Indicators (consultancy report for World Wide Fund for Nature International), Gland, Switzerland.

Petheram, L. 2005. The Demand for Indigenous Tourism in Australia. A Review funded by Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Tourism Commission, Darwin, NT.

Gorman, J., Petheram, L. and Vigilante, T. (Eds) 2005. Old Ways, New Ways: Wildlife Management in Northern Australia. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society, School for Environmental Research and Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, NT.

Speer, S. and Petheram, L. 2004. Rice is life: From staple food source to basis of many cultures, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra.


Peer reviewed publications and book chapters

Petheram, L., Stacey, N. and Fleming, A. in press. Future sea changes: Indigenous women’s preferences for adaptation to climate change on South Goulburn Island, NT (Australia) Climate and Development.

Petheram, L in press. Insights into Indian children, their spaces and lives through four films. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA)

Izurieta, A., Petheram, L., Stacey, N. and Garnett, S. 2013. Costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation of joint management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

Petheram, L. and Campbell B. 2013. Alternative conservation approaches and reward mechanisms: opportunities for PES. In (ed) Sunderland T. Evidence-based Conservation: Lessons from the Lower Mekong. Earthscan. 

High, C., Singh, N. and Petheram, L. 2013 Defining participatory video from practice. In: Milne, E-J; Mitchell, Claudia and de Lange, N. eds. The Handbook of Participatory Video. Lanham: AltaMira Press.

Petheram, L., Stacey, N., Campbell, B.M., High, C. 2012. Using visual products derived from community research to inform policy. Land Use Policy29, 1-10.

Petheram, L, High, C., Campbell, B., and Stacey, N.  2011. Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural Resource management. Journal of Environmental Management. 92(10): 2734-2745.

Petheram, L., Zander, K., Campbell, B.M., High, C., and Stacey, N. 2010. ‘Strange Changes’: Indigenous perspectives of climate change and adaptation in NE Arnhem Land (Australia). Global Environmental Change, 20 (44): 681-692.

Petheram, L. and Campbell, B.M. 2010. Listening to Locals on Payments for Environmental Services. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 1139–1149.

Gorman, J., Griffiths, A.D., Whitehead, P.J. and Petheram, L. 2008. Production from marginal lands: indigenous commercial use of wild animals in northern Australia. International Journal of Sustainable Management and Ecology 15: 1-11.

Standa-Gunda, W., Bond, I., Campbell, B. and Petheram, L. 2007. Exploring Woodcarving Markets to Determine the Potential of Fiscal Instruments for Improving Woodland Management. The Case of Wood Carving in Southern Zimbabwe. Forests Trees and Livelihoods 17(1): 61-75.

Sayer, J., Campbell, B., Petheram, L., Aldrich, M., Ruiz Perez, M., Endamana, D., Nzooh Dongmo, Z.L., Defo, L. Mariki, S., Doggart, N. and Burgess, N. 2007. Assessing Environment and Development Outcomes in Conservation Landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation 16 (9): 2677-2694.

Campbell, B., Gordan, I., Luckert, M., Petheram, L and Vetter, S. 2006. In Search of Optimal Stocking Regimes in Semi-Arid Grazing Lands: One size does not fit all. Ecological Economics 60(1) 75-85.

Petheram, L. and Race, D. 2005. What is a good forest? Ex-forest worker perspectives from the Wombat State Forest, Victoria. Rural Society 15(1): 93-100.


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