Dr Natasha Stacey
I hold a PhD in anthropology and two decades of experience in research and development projects in natural resource management across the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Timor Leste and more recently northern Australia and Malaysia.
During 2000-2005 I was employed as a Community Assessment and Participation Specialist on the GEF-funded Pacific International Waters Project based at the headquarters of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Samoa. I spent most of the 1990s conducting research for my PhD into the social, cultural and economic drivers of Bajo and other Indonesian traditional fishing activity in Australian waters (MOU Box area)(see Stacey 2007). For the last nine years I have worked in the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (Previously the School for Environmental Research), at Charles Darwin University (CDU). In my current role I lead a multidisciplinary group of scientists and postgraduate scholars working on conservation and livelihoods projects in northern Australia, Southeast and mainland Asia including Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Bangladesh.
I also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate units in environmental management, indigenous livelihoods and natural resources in the School of Environment at CDU.
My current and recent research projects and consultancies include social impact assessment of the Bradshaw Field Training Area in the Northern Territory (NT), Indigenous perceptions of climate change and aquaculture enterprises; rehabilitating blue carbon habitats and livelihoods in Indonesia; development of alternative livelihoods for communities in the Northern Territory and West Timor; building local capacity for whale shark conservation in eastern Indonesia; designing and implementation of a participatory monitoring and evaluation framework to support joint management of protected areas in the NT, and improving coastal and marine livelihoods, and fisheries management in the cross –border regions of the Arafura-Timor Seas region.
Areas of Research Interest
- Indigenous Livelihoods, Natural Resource Management and Ecological Knowledge
- Socio-economics of natural resource use and traditional food systems
- Small-scale fisheries, marine conservation and food security in the Asia-Pacific region
- Maritime anthropology of peoples in Southeast Asia and Eastern Indonesia
- Indigenous peoples, rights, and conservation
- Sea nomads in Southeast Asia and livelihood mobility
- 2000 Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology), Northern Territory University.
- 1992 Graduate Diploma of Museum Curatorship (Distinction), James Cook University.
- 1989 Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.
COUNTRIES OF WORK EXPERIENCE
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Niue, Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa, Timor Leste, Tuvalu.
RECENT AND CURRENT RESEARCH GRANTS & CONSULTANCIES
- 2013. Coordinator for the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Program Regional Demonstration Project (Indonesia and Timor Leste exchange/study tour to Northern Australia), with Johanna Karam (CDU) and NAILSMA. Funded by Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC).
- 2012. Understanding how the use of intertidal marine resources by Indigenous women in the Northern Territory will be affected by climate change and their preferred adaptation options. CDU with collaborators from NTG, ANU, University of East Anglia/World Fish Centre. Funded by National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
- 2011. Bradshaw Social Impact Assessment Review and Baseline Community Study. RIEL/CDU with ANU. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Defence.
- 2011. Quantification of blue carbon stocks and flows in Darwin Habou and development of the Rehabilitating Blue Carbon Habitats Program: Indonesia. CDU with NTG. Funded by the Northern Territory Research Innovation Board Grant.
- 2011-2012. International Consultant – for the United Nations Global Environment Facility Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Program. UNOPS.
- 2008. Dugong and Marine Turtle Project Partner Feedback Survey Funded by NAILSMA.
- 2007-2012. Does monitoring and evaluation improve joint management? The case of national parks in the Northern Territory. CDU with NTG and Northern and Central Land Councils. Funded by ARC Linkage Grant.
- 2007-2011. Natural resource management and enterprise development: can they improve Indigenous livelihoods? CDU, with CIFOR and Raminginging Homelands Centre. Funded by ARC Linkage Grant.
- Abu Nasar Mohammad Abdullah (PhD). (under examination) Survival Strategies of the people surrounding the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh.
- Ria Fitriana (PhD). The contribution of a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach to Coastal Natural Resource Management in Pantar Strait, NTT, Indonesia.
- Nick Hogarth (PhD). (Under Examination) Bamboo based economic development and poverty alleviation in Guangxi Province China.
- Frances Every (PhD). Livelihood pursuits of fishing communities in Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia.
- James Moore (PhD). Adopting a social-ecological systems framework to assess the impacts of fishing activity on ecosystems and communities in the Arafura and Timor Seas region.
- Ronju Ahammad (PhD). Forests and Livelihoods in Bangladesh.
- David Brown (PhD). Contribution of traditional and non-traditional locally sourced foods to the wellbeing and food security of remote indigenous communities.
- Nicholas Smith (PhD). (2014) Contested Discourses: Aboriginal Attitudes towards non-native plants and engagement in weed management in Cape York, Northern Australia 2013.
- Luke Preece (PhD). (2012) Integrated Conservation and Development Projects: Synergies and tradeoffs between development and biodiversity conservation in the Lower Mekong countries.
- Lisa Petheram (PhD). (2011) Roles of visual techniques in facilitating learning, building knowledge and linking knowledge to action.
- Kristal Coe (MSc). (2009) Impediments to gender-based program delivery in aid projects.