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Gill, Nicholas Associate Professor

Head of School - School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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Research Overview


  • I am a human geographer with interests in environmental management and rural cultures. My research focuses on rural areas, particularly on cultural and social aspects of land management, land use change, and environmental conflict. In my research I aim to bridge conventional natural resource management research and research on cultures of nature. I am interested in how people occupy landscapes and seek to inhabit, use, protect, and conserve those landscapes, usually simultaneously, and in ways that defy neat compartmentalisation of these activities.

    My past research has encompassed pastoral culture and land in Central Australia, Indigenous pastoral enterprises, heritage, and history, the cultural politics of bushfire management and prescribed burning, and household sustainability. More recently I have been interested in natural resource management and stewardship in rural areas characterised by lifestyle-oriented rural landholders. This has led to research on weeds and biosecurity, bushfire, and the experience of dairy farmers in the Illawarra. I am still pursuing such research and have also commenced  research into biosecurity management and recreation in the Kosciuszko National Park area.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Invasive species management
    Engendering cultures of eradication for early invasion curve stage invasive plants
    Hunting, "ferals", and cultures of conservation
    Practices and significance of sharing meat amongst hunters
    The status and role of alternative agriculture enterprises in the Illawarra
    Predators and poo: the role of introduced invasive species scat analysis and related programs in rural landholder knowledge and stewardship
    Topics related to regenerative agriculture - e.g. support and extension mechanisms; weed management in RA; visceral geographies of soil and land.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy The applications and function of Citizen Science in Growing Community Based Knowledge Woods, Adam
    Doctor of Philosophy An Examination of the Relationships that the People of Rarotonga have with Native and Non-Native Species; in order to Inform Conservation Strategy on the Island Llewellyn, Marc
    Doctor of Philosophy Crossing Land, Social and Biosecurity Boundaries: Recreational Visitor Networks, Values, Practices and Knowledge and the Management of Weeds in the Kosciuszko Region Smart, Jen

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Geography and Natural Resource Management, University of New South Wales, Thesis Outback or at home? : environment, social change and pastoralism in Central Australia 2000
  • B.A. in Geography and Development Studies, Flinders University of South Australia, Thesis: Culture, context and conflict : a case study of bushfire management in conservation reserves on Kangaroo Island 1993

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • H-6240-2016

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am a human geographer with interests in environmental management and rural cultures. My research focuses on rural areas, particularly on cultural and social aspects of land management, land use change, and environmental conflict. In my research I aim to bridge conventional natural resource management research and research on cultures of nature. I am interested in how people occupy landscapes and seek to inhabit, use, protect, and conserve those landscapes, usually simultaneously, and in ways that defy neat compartmentalisation of these activities.

    My past research has encompassed pastoral culture and land in Central Australia, Indigenous pastoral enterprises, heritage, and history, the cultural politics of bushfire management and prescribed burning, and household sustainability. More recently I have been interested in natural resource management and stewardship in rural areas characterised by lifestyle-oriented rural landholders. This has led to research on weeds and biosecurity, bushfire, and the experience of dairy farmers in the Illawarra. I am still pursuing such research and have also commenced  research into biosecurity management and recreation in the Kosciuszko National Park area.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Invasive species management
    Engendering cultures of eradication for early invasion curve stage invasive plants
    Hunting, "ferals", and cultures of conservation
    Practices and significance of sharing meat amongst hunters
    The status and role of alternative agriculture enterprises in the Illawarra
    Predators and poo: the role of introduced invasive species scat analysis and related programs in rural landholder knowledge and stewardship
    Topics related to regenerative agriculture - e.g. support and extension mechanisms; weed management in RA; visceral geographies of soil and land.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy The applications and function of Citizen Science in Growing Community Based Knowledge Woods, Adam
    Doctor of Philosophy An Examination of the Relationships that the People of Rarotonga have with Native and Non-Native Species; in order to Inform Conservation Strategy on the Island Llewellyn, Marc
    Doctor of Philosophy Crossing Land, Social and Biosecurity Boundaries: Recreational Visitor Networks, Values, Practices and Knowledge and the Management of Weeds in the Kosciuszko Region Smart, Jen

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Geography and Natural Resource Management, University of New South Wales, Thesis Outback or at home? : environment, social change and pastoralism in Central Australia 2000
  • B.A. in Geography and Development Studies, Flinders University of South Australia, Thesis: Culture, context and conflict : a case study of bushfire management in conservation reserves on Kangaroo Island 1993

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • H-6240-2016
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