Beau Austin

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.

Year Type Citation
2012 Journal Article Tracey, C. R. et al. Thermal and hydric implications of diurnal activity by a small tropical frog during the dry season. Austral Ecology no - no (2012). doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02416.x
2012 Report Greiner, R., Stanley, O. & Austin, B. J. Sustainable Indigenous livelihoods from north Australian land and water resources - towards a research and development agenda and implementation strategy. Report to NAILSMA Ltd and the National Water Initiative (Charles Darwin University and NAILSMA Ltd., 2012).
2012 Conference Paper Greiner, R., Morrison, J., Stanley, O., Austin, B. J. & Simpson, T. Towards improved Indigenous livelihoods from land and water resources in north Australia. 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 17-21 June 2012 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Austin, B. J. & Corey, B. Factors Contributing to the Longevity of the Commercial Use of Crocodiles by Indigenous People in Remote Northern Australia: a Case Study. The Rangeland Journal 34, 239-248 (2012).
2012 Conference Paper Austin, B. J. The Contribution of Indigenous Wildife-based Enterprises to Conservation in the Northern Territory, Australia. Oceania Society for Conservation Biology Conference 2012: People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country (2012).
2012 Journal Article Tracey, C. R. et al. Thermal and hydric implications of diurnal activity by a small tropical frog during the dry season. Austral Ecology (2012). doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02416.x
2011 Journal Article Collier, N., Austin, B. J., Bradshaw, C. & McMahon, C. R. Turning Pests into Profits: Introduced Buffalo Provide Multiple Benefits to Indigenous People of Northern Australia. Human Ecology 39, 155-164 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Austin, B. J. & Garnett, S. T. Indigenous wildlife enterprise: Mustering swamp buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) in Northern Australia. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy 5, 309-323 (2011).
2010 Journal Article Collier, N., Austin, B. J., Bradshaw, C. & McMahon, C. R. Turning Pests into Profits: Introduced Buffalo Provide Multiple Benefits to Indigenous People of Northern Australia. Human Ecology 1-10 (2010).
2009 Report Austin, B. J. & Garnett, S. T. State of the Environment Reporting: A review of theory and practice. Report to the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sports, Northern Territory Government. (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Austin, B. J., Collier, N. & McMahon, C. R. Turning Pests into Profits: Invasive Buffalo Provide Multiple Benefits to Indigenous People in Northern Australia. Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics Conference (ANZSEE, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8556>

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