Community and NRM
Research FieldPossible ProjectNotes
Community engagement and practice changeevaluation of community behavioural change programs 
Conduct survey of households and businesses in Denmark and Walpole to determine the depth of penetration of the Green Town project in terms of recognition of the brand, understanding of the project, implementation of equipment and behaviour changes, measure where possible energy and water bills prior to and post the start up of the Green Town Project, gather information on possible barriers and benefits to undertaking further behaviour changes that would assist the objectives of the Green Town project.  
what is "community"; survey people's values around water on South Coast; survey people's attitudes/ changes when on holidays (environmental impact, behavioural changes); survey attitudes of residents to water, energy, environment, consumption; distribution of empowerment through community, perceptions of power etc. 
Undertake a desktop study of best practice in tracking behaviour change in NRM.¬†Examine the questionnaire methodology being adopted by the south Coast NRM. Make recommendations on possible improvements to assist with monitoring behaviour change across the South Coast to assist in better targeting investment and support in NRM in the region. 
oral histories from NRM professionals, landholders and Aboriginal community 
how to get effective community responses to environmental issues (eg. climate change); what are criteria for behavioural change projects to be lasting/ sustained 
does malleefowl help in engaging communities involvement in restoration?; what value does community put on biodiversity; use of volunteers; role of design 
how to educate/ develop expertise in Councils; allocation of resources within/to LGAs; develop effective community engagement strategies for councils; how to make councils effective community action bodies 
communication and extension for biodiversity; role of creativity in NRM and communication; use art to gather historical data on biodiversity 
Development of a model with simple predictor variables to measure real practice change among landholders within the South Coast region 
Undertake a desktop study of best practice in tracking behaviour change in NRM. Examine the questionnaire methodology being adopted by the south Coast NRM. Make recommendations on possible improvements to assist with monitoring behaviour change across the South Coast to assist in better targeting investment and support in NRM in the region. 
Determine optimum resource effort for planning communication and extension for biodiversity, role of creativity in NRM and communication, using art to gather historical data on biodiversity 
Understanding who is 'community'; Survey community and holiday makers, attitudes to a range of NRM issues, distribution of empowerment through the community, perceptions of power, who makes decisions? 
What value does community put on biodiversity, use of volunteers 
Understand social and economic dynamics in the Western WoodlandsWestern Woodlands
Links between community aspirations and management of fish stocks 
The social and professional implications of short investment plans on community groups, landholders and funding providers (NRM Groups, Landcare etc.) to what extent are we dividing our communities by not following through with targeted investments and allowing the problems to re-establish 
Urban communities, design and planningsystems approach to land use planning, esp. in urban areas; viability of public transport in Albany 
measure and map performance of households' energy and water use by structure, occupants,...; establish 'footprints' (eg. food miles) for regional communities 
feasibility/structure of energy islands by locality 
develop palette of plants for green roofs and walls 
identify case studies and best practice in water sensitive urban design for localities 
systems approach to land use planning, esp. in urban areas; viability of public transport in Albany 
effect of cross-subsidies on resource use and efficiencies (eg. windfarm and power generation) 
predict environmental implications for towns using predicted industry growth eg. tourism, fast food, ... 
Impact of sea-level rise on hard infrastructure on the south coast of Western Australia: economic, social and environmental impacts 
Role of design 
Population growth strategy for the Great Southern, land use planning eg. agricultural, environment, preservation areas and future development for urban, peri-urban areas. 
Performance of households in water and energy use 
Mapping energy and water use by locality 
Planning for peak oil 
Options for managing organic waste at a local level 
Investigate whether hot composting kills weed seeds