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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.
  • 2011-2012International 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.

STUDENT SUPERVISION

  • 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.

Completions

  • 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.
Year Type Citation
Submitted Journal Article Petheram, L., Stacey, N. & Fleming, A. Future sea changes: Indigenous women’s preferences for adaptation to climate change on South Goulburn Island, NT (Australia). Climate and Development (Submitted).
2013 Book Chapter Preece, L., B. Cangas, H., Achdiawan, T. & Stacey, N. Evidence-based conservation: lessons from the Lower Mekong (Sunderland, T., Hoang, M. H. & Sayer, J. A.) 351-368 (Earthscan, 2013).
2013 Journal Article Foale, S. et al. Food security and the Coral Triangle Initiative. Marine Policy 38, 174-183 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Stacey, N., Izurieta, A. V. & Garnett, S. T. Collaborative Measurement of Performance of Jointly Managed Protected Areas in Northern Australia. Ecology and Society 18, (2013).
2013 Book Chapter Preece, L. et al. Evidence-based conservation: lessons from the Lower Mekong (Sunderland, T., Hoang, M. H. & Sayer, J. A.) 252-272 (Earthscan, 2013).
2013 Report Petheram, L., Fleming, A., Stacey, N. & Perry, A. Indigenous women’s preferences for climate change adaptation and aquaculture development to build capacity in the Northern Territory. 76 (National Climate Change Adaptation Research, 2013). at <http://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/adaptation-intertidal-marine-resources-indigenous-women>
2013 Report Stacey, N. & Jackson, M. ATSEA Regional Demonstration Project. Northern Australia Study Tour 7-12 October 2013 (NAILSMA and RIEL CDU, 2013).
2012 Journal Article Fitriana, R. & Stacey, N. The role of women in the fishery sector in Pantar Island, Indonesia. Asian Fisheries Science (2012).
2012 Report Stacey, N., Stanley, O., McWilliam, A. & Hunter-Xenie, H. Bradshaw Social Impact Assessment Review and Baseline Community Study Report . Report prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Charles Darwin University, 2012).
2012 Journal Article Petheram, L., Stacey, N., Campbell, B. M. & High, C. Using visual products derived from community research to inform policy. Land Use Policy 29, 1-10 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Izurieta, A. V., Petheram, L., Stacey, N. & Garnett, S. T. Costs of participatory monitoring and evaluation of joint management of protected areas in the Northern Territory, Australia. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 1 - 13 (2012). doi:10.1080/14486563.2012.726130
2012 Journal Article Hogarth, N. J., Belcher, B., Campbell, B. M. & Stacey, N. The role of forest-related income in household economies and rural livelihoods in the border region of southern China. World Development 43, 113-123 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Stacey, N., Karam, J., Meekan, M. G., Pickering, S. & Ninef, J. Prospects for whale shark conservation in eastern Indonesia through Bajo traditional ecological knowledge and community-based monitoring. Conservation and Society 10, 63-75 (2012).
2011 Journal Article Petheram, L., High, C., Campbell, B. M. & Stacey, N. Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural resource planning. Journal of Environmental Management 92, (2011).
2011 Book Izurieta, A. V., Stacey, N. & Karam, J. Guidebook for Supporting Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Jointly Managed Parks in the Northern Territory. (Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, 2011).
2011 Journal Article Izurieta, A. V. et al. Developing Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating Joint Management Effectiveness in Protected Areas in the Northern Territory, Australia. Ecology and Society 16, (2011).
2010 Journal Article Petheram, L., Zander, K. K., Campbell, B. M., High, C. & Stacey, N. Strange changes: Indigenous perspectives of climate change and adaptation in NE Arnhem Land (Australia). Global Environmental Change 20, 681 - 692 (2010).
2009 Book Chapter Stacey, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W. Prepare for Impact! When People and Environment Collide in the Tropics (Stacey, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W.) 1 - 4 (CDU Press, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8665>
2009 Book Stacey, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W. Prepare for Impact! When People and Environment Collide in the Tropics. (CDU Press, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8820>
2009 Book Chapter Stacey, N. & Izurieta, A. V. RIMBA: Sustainable Forest Livelihoods in Malaysia and Australia 70 - 78 (Institute of Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:9010>
2009 Conference Paper Stacey, N. & Fritriana, R. Marine Biologists Turned into Social Scientists? Indigenous Engagement in Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia. The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Australian Anthropological Society 69 (2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8646>
2009 Book Chapter Campbell, B. M., Stacey, N. & Griffiths, A. D. Prepare for Impact! When people and environment collide in the tropics (Stacy, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W.) 71 - 78 (CDU Press, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8492>
2009 Conference Paper Stacey, N., Fitriana, R. & James, R. Marine Biologists Turned Social Scientists?: Bajo Engagement in Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia & the Coral Triangle Initiative. Presented at AAS Conference (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Stacey, N. Traditional Knowledge of Whale Sharks: Collaborating with Bajo Fishermen of Eastern Indonesia in Whale Shark Conservation. International Symposium on Ocean Science, Technology and Policy (2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8557>
2009 Book Chapter Stacey, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W. Prepare for Impact! When People and Environment Collide in the Tropics (Stacey, N., Boggs, G. S., Campbell, B. M. & Steffen, W.) 1 - 4 (CDU Press, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8665>
2008 Report Stacey, N., Karam, J., Dwyer, D., Speed, C. & Meekan, M. Assessing Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) in eastern Indonesia: A pilot study with fishing communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur. Report prepared for Migratory and Marine Biodiversity Section of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and the Arts 70 (2008).
2008 Magazine Article Gorman, J. T., Honer, M., Drucker, A. & Stacey, N. Learn How to Develop a Business: Based on things from the Bush. Kantri Liaf (Caring for Country) newsletter (2008). at <www.nailsma.org.au/nailsma/publications/downloads/Kantri-Laif-Issue-4-web.pdf>
2008 Report Stacey, N., Petheram, L. & Ainsworth, G. B. NAILSMA/TS - CRC – Dugong and marine turtle project partner feedback survey report. 40pps (School for Environmental Research, CDU., 2008).
2007 Book Stacey, N. Boats to Burn: Bajo Fishing Activity in the Australian Fishing Zone. (ANU E Press, 2007). at <http://epress.anu.edu.au/boats_citation.html>
2007 Conference Paper Cunningham, A., Stacey, N. & Garnett, S. T. Evaluation of non-timber forest product species as potential elements of agroforestry systems. in Djoeroemana, S., Myers, B., Russell-Smith, J., Blyth, M. and Salean, I.E.T. (eds.) Integrated Rural Development in Eastern Indonesia, Proceedings of a workshop to identify sustainable rural livelihoods, held in Kupang, Indonesia, 5-7 April 2006, ACIAR 174 - 181 (ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research), 2007). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:2830>
2007 Book Kronen, M., Stacey, N., Holland, P., Magron, F. & Power, M. Socioeconomic Fisheries Surveys in Pacific Islands: a manual for the collection of a minimum dataset. (Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2007). at <http://www.spc.int/coastfish/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=30&id=356>
2007 Book Stacey, N. Boats to Burn: Bajo fishing activity in the Australian Fishing Zone. Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph Series (ANU E Press, 2007). at <http://epress.anu.edu.au/boats_citation.html>
2007 Journal Article Mahanty, S., Stacey, N., Holland, P., Wright, A. & Menzies, S. Learning to learn: Designing monitoring plans in the Pacific Islands International Waters Project. Ocean and Coastal Management 50, 392 - 410 (2007).
2006 Journal Article Stacey, N., Wright, A. & Holland, P. The Pacific International Waters Project: aims, approaches and challenges. Ocean and Coastal Management 49, 610 - 626 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Wright, A., Stacey, N. & Holland, P. The cooperative framework for ocean and coastal management in the Pacific Islands: Effectiveness, constraints and future direction. Ocean and Coastal Management 49, 739 - 763 (2006).
2005 Journal Article Stacey, N. Crossing Borders: Implications of the memorandum of understanding on Bajo fishing activity in northern Australian waters. The Beagle: Records of Museums and Arts Galleries of the NT 229-234 (2005).
2004 Unpublished Mahanty, S. & Stacey, N. Collaborating for Sustainability: A Resource Kit for Facilitators of Participatory Natural Resource Management in the Pacific. 215 (2004).
2001 Conference Paper Stacey, N. Pearlers, Planes and People of the Sea: Early Bajo Voyages to the North Australian Region. 18th AIMA Annual Conference: First Contacts: Maritime Encounters and Arrivals 41 - 50 (The Australian Institute for Marine Archaeology Inc., 2001). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:398>
2000 Journal Article Stacey, N. Pearlers, Planes and People of the Sea: Early Bajo voyages to the north Australian region. Bulletin of the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology 24, 41 - 50 (2000).
1999 Thesis Stacey, N. Boats to Burn: Bajo fishing activity in the Australian Fishing Zone. PhD thesis in Anthropology, (1999).
1997 Conference Paper Stacey, N. Points of Encounter: Indonesian Fishing Boats in Australian Museum Collections. 4th National Conference of Museums Australia: Unlocking Museums 80 - 84 (Museums Australia, 1997). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:1059>

Current

Bradshaw Field Training Area Community Baseline and Social Impact Assessment

This consultancy involves a Baseline Community Assessment (BCA) Study and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Review of the Bradshaw Field Training Area, in the Northern Territory on behalf of the Commonwealth&nbsp;Department of Defence, the Northern Land Council and the Bradshaw Traditional Owners. IN collaboration with Assoc Prof Andrew McWilliam at The ANU.

Coordinator for the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Program Regional Demonstration Project (Indonesia and Timor Leste study tour to Northern Australia)

This activity involved 10 participants (8 men and 2 women) from 5 locations on Rote Island, Indonesia and 3 communities in Timor-Leste to meet with Australian Indigenous groups, environmental managers and conservation professionals during 7-12 October 2013.

Mobility and livelihood strategies among Bajo households in eastern Indonesia: Continuity and change over a 20 year period.

The project’s aim is to examine the changes in livelihood strategies and patterns of fishing among nomadic Bajo in eastern Indonesia from 1994 to 2014.

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

Research was carried out on South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, to improve understandings of local, Indigenous people’s dependency on marine resources, and of their perspectives on climate change, and aquaculture as a means towards adapting to climate change. Workshops and interviews were carried out mostly with women, but also some men with an emphasis on the use of participatory and visual techniques to encourage discussion of the future.

Past

Building Local Capacity of Bajo Fishermen, Eastern Indonesia for Whale Shark Conservation

The project contributed to vital information for considering the feasibility of establishing a whale shark ecotourism venture and for developing collaborative conservation and management measures for whale shark populations moving between Australia and Indonesia.

Consultant and Socio-Economic Profile Coordinator for the Arafura Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program

Socio-Economic Profile of Arafura and Timor Seas Report; and Contributor to the ATSEA Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Report for ATSEA Program.

Cooperative Management of Langkawi GeoPark

The project examined experiences in co-management from Australia and engaged local stakeholders in Langkawi in discussions about cooperative management of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi Geopark.

Does monitoring and evaluation improve joint management? The case of national parks in the NT

This project investigated whether monioring and evaluation with the participation of stakeholders including Indigenous Traditional owners enhances the benefits of joint management of parks and reserves in Australia. It determined the elements required to implement participatory monitoring and evaluation in a cost effective manner even in situations where stakeholders differ in views and power.

Quantitification of Blue Carbon Stocks in Darwin Harbour and Rehabilitating Blue Carbon Habitats in Indonesia

The aim of this project is firstly to quantify blue carbon stocks and flows in Darwin Harbour mangrove communities and secondly to facilitate CDU and NTG research involvement in an international Blue Carbon Habitat Rehabilitation Programme.

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