Dr Sarah Hobgen

Dr Sarah Hobgen
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Research Associate
Primary research group: 
Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods
PhD in Integrated Catchment Management in Indonesia ,2015 Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) 2004


Sarah is passionate about developing capacity of local people to manage their own natural resources sustainably, through empowering local communities and governments. Her PhD focused on integrated catchment management in Indonesia, working on methods to understand sediment sources in large catchments, including a case study of the Kambaniru Catchment in Sumba. More recently Sarah has been working with a team of CDU and Indonesian colleagues to develop bilingual training material for remote sensing and GIS using SAGA free open source software. Check it out at https://sagatutorials.wordpress.com/

Sarah has lived and worked in Indonesia for almost 10 years and has gained extensive insight into all aspects of managing natural resources in the most biologically, physically and socially diverse nations in the world. Sarah focuses on understanding how research, policy, governance, development programs influence local communities. Sarah speaks fluent Indonesian and some of the local Sumba dialect Kambera.   

Sarah started her time in Sumba as a volunteer with local non-government organisation KOPPESDA in Sumba though the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program. Previous work with Landcare groups in the NSW Eastern Riverina and in bushfire management and recovery for the Victorian government provided Sarah with practical field and community engagement skills. Sarah began her studies with a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Environmental Science at Monash University.

Sarah lives in the traditional village of Prailiu, East Sumba with her husband and son. In her free time Sarah is developing a social enterprise for bamboo preservation and construction and working with the Prailiu Weavers' Collective to improve the sustainability and profitability of Sumba Warp Ikat Cloth production, see our village website for more details


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