Understanding Coastal Livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas: Impacts and opportunities of contemporary approaches to rural development, conservation and resource governance

Understanding Coastal Livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas: Impacts and opportunities of contemporary approaches to rural development, conservation and resource governance

Understanding Coastal Livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas: Impacts and opportunities of contemporary approaches to rural development, conservation and resource governance

International Symposium, Charles Darwin University, 16th – 18th May 2016

The international research symposium on coastal livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) was hosted at Charles Darwin University (CDU) over 2½ days in May 2016, with support from the Collaborative Research Network (CRN - administered through the Northern Institute) and the Faculty of Engineering , Health, Science and Environment (EHSE). The symposium was organized in response to a widely noted need for a better understanding of the dynamism of vulnerable coastal livelihoods in the region. Its objective was to present the state of knowledge and policy around coastal livelihoods in the ATS through a series of empirical case studies, and to identify ‘ways forward’ for policy and management. In doing so experts highlighted environmental, socio-economic and governance challenges coastal people are meeting and recognised opportunities they are drawing from. Ultimately findings from the symposium will inform contemporary practices that seek to develop sustainable local livelihoods while maintaining and/or improving environmental quality. Twenty presentations were given over six different sessions on the first two days. A final two sessions were held on the third day which involved interactive group work among participants and plenary discussions about various academic and policy-oriented outputs that could be generated from the symposium. A special journal issue will be published with selected papers from the symposium.

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Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey
Natural resources-based livelihoods, Associate Professor

Primary research group

Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology), Northern Territory University. Graduate Diploma of Museum Curatorship (Distinction), James Cook University. Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.
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Dirk Steenbergen
Post-doctoral Fellow (NAMRA)