Beau has recently commenced a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, CDU to work 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. At present, it is mostly the biophysical outcomes and outputs that are given most attention. However, as Indigenous people across Australia have been saying for a long time, land and sea management produces many other significant social, cultural and livelihood benefits for local communities.
Over the next 3 years Beau will be working with Indigenous land and sea managers to demonstrate this and to develop a framework to monitor and evaluate performance. This framework will be a key tool assisting Indigenous people in refining and progressing their land and sea management activities and monitoring their management effectiveness over time.
The project will work closely with Indigenous land managers to develop such measures, not only where the aspirations of the Indigenous managers and traditional custodians are the same as non-Indigenous interest groups, but also where Indigenous motivations are different to that of the dominant culture.
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.
Beau likes to spend his spare time either in or on the ocean, with surfing and fishing being his preferred distractions.