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Researcher: Leith, PB (Dr Peat Leith)

Fields of Research

Social geography
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Natural resource management
Public policy
Environmental management
Rural sociology
Research, science and technology policy
Sustainable agricultural development
Agriculture, land and farm management
Land use and environmental planning
Innovation management
Environment policy
Conservation and biodiversity
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Agricultural land management
Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Sociological methodology and research methods
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Environmental education and extension
Economic geography
Environment and resource economics
Horticultural production
Other environmental sciences
Crop and pasture production
Urban geography
Carbon sequestration science
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Natural hazards
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Fisheries management
Business systems in context
Environmental law

Research Objectives

Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in human society
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Sustainability indicators
Primary products from animals
Institutional arrangements
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Environmental education and awareness
Environmentally sustainable animal production
Horticultural crops
Climate change mitigation strategies
Grains and seeds
Native and residual pastures
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Other culture and society
Management and productivity
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Other plant production and plant primary products
Aquaculture oysters
Learner and learning
Field grown vegetable crops
Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Fisheries - aquaculture
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Marine biodiversity
Industrial gases
Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
Fisheries - wild caught
Civics and citizenship
Terrestrial systems and management
Management of greenhouse gas emissions from plant production
Technological and organisational innovation
Government and politics

Career Best Publications

A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor; Society and Natural Resources
Analysis of operating environments: a diagnostic model for linking science, society and policy for sustainability; Environmental Science and Policy

Research Publications

A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management
A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor; Society and Natural Resources
Adaptation Futures, Tuscon Arizona USA
Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change: Principles for Public Sector Managers; Public Administration Today
Agronomists use of PGR - a survey; Agricultural Science
An operation on 'the neglected heart of science policy': reconciling supply and demand for climate change adaptation research; Environmental Science and Policy
Analysis of operating environments: a diagnostic model for linking science, society and policy for sustainability; Environmental Science and Policy
Australia's farming future: Tasmania
Boundary spanning at the science–policy interface: the practitioners’ perspectives; Sustainability Science
Charting the emergence of a 'knowing system' for climate change adaptation in Australian regional natural resource management; Geoforum
Claudio Alcorso Environment Prize
Climate adaptation in the Australian edible oyster industry: A social-ecological approach; School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference 2010
Climate Change Adaptation in the Australian Edible Oyster Industry: an analysis of policy and practice
Climate Perception and Land Management Decisions in Western New South Wales and Queensland. Final Report for the Land, Water and Wool Climate Variability Sub-program, Project: UTA13
Climate science, climate perception and land management decisions in western New South Wales and Queensland; School of Geography and Environmental Studies 2004 Conference
Climatic Place: A Socio-cultural Geography of Climate Risk Management; Australian Rangeland Society 13th Biennial Conference
Climatic Place: placed, regional knowledges and the global climate system; School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2006
Co-producing sustainability: reordering the governance of science, policy, and practice; Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Comment on Tasmanian issues paper - national drought reform measures
Conversations about Climate: seasonal variability and graziers' decisions in the eastern rangelands; University of Tasmania
Developing adaptation pathways for NRM in Southern Australia: a research-practice collaboration; 6th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
Doing Science Differently: Co-producing conservation outcomes
Enhancing Science Impact: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability; CSIRO Publishing
Enhancing the knowledge-governance interface: coasts, climate and collaboration; Ocean & Coastal Management
Ensuring resilience of natural resources under exposure to extreme climate events; Resources
How climate change research undermines trust in everyday life: a review; Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Improving science uptake in coastal zone management: principles for science engagement and their application in south-eastern Tasmania; Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia
Influences of Climate Perception on Land Management Decisions in Western New South Wales and Queensland. Technical Report for the Land, Water and Wool Climate Variability Sub-Program, Project: UTA13
Innovation system problems: causal configurations of innovation failure; Journal of Business Research
Knowing El Nino: Integrating knowledges of managing climate variability in the eastern Australian rangelands
Living happily in the valley of death
Making scientific knowledge with public currency: balancing salience, credibility and legitimacy in Australian agroclimatology; School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2007
Managing Murray-Darling Basin livestock systems in a variable and changing climate; Rangeland Journal
Managing the run country for production; People, Sheep and Nature Conservation: the Tasmanian Experience
Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting Natural Resource Manager Capacity for NSW Catchments
Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won’t change their minds
Overcoming adolescence: Tasmania's agricultural history and future; Griffith Review
Participatory crossover analysis to support discussions about investments in irrigation water sources; Water
Participatory monitoring and evaluation to aid investment in natural resource manager capacity at a range of scales; Environmental Monitoring and Assessment: An International Journal Devoted to Progress in The Use of Monitoring Data in Assessing Environmental Risks to Man and The Environment
Placed knowledges and knowledge-geometries: concepts for knowledge-making in natural resource managmement; School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2008
Placing science for natural resource management and climate variability: lessons from narratives of risk, place and identity; Sociologia Ruralis
Plant growth regulator use in broad acre crops; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Plant growth regulators in broad acre crops; GRDC Grains Research Update for Advisers
Practice at the Boundaries: Summary of a workshop of practitioners working at the interfaces science, policy and society for environmental outcomes
Public Engagement with Climate Adaptation: An Imperative for (and Driver of) Institutional Reform?; Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication
Science and social license: defining environmental sustainability of Atlantic salmon aquaculture in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia; Social Epistemology
Science and social license: who defines environmental sustainability of Atlantic salmon aquaculture in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia?; World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014
Scoping study: a situation and needs analysis relating to the current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulators
Sharing reasoning behind individual decisions to invest in joint infrastructure; Water
Signs and science in decision-making about climate variability: rangelands case study; Building capacity for sustainable resource management . . . moving a wheelbarrow full of frogs: APEN NRM Symposium
Some of the most important decisions made by farming businesses occur around the kitchen table
Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation
Strengthening engagement and collaboration for impact in the ERS theme
Success and evolution of a boundary organization; Science, Technology and Human Values
Successful praxis at the boundaries: how do individuals foster adaptation?; Adaptation Futures Conference
TasAgFuture: Final Research Report and Discussion Paper
Testing innovation systems theory using Qualitative Comparative Analysis; Journal of Business Research
The root cause of innovation system problems: formative measures and causal configurations; Journal of Business Research
The science, policy and practice interface
The Science, Policy and Practice Interface
Time to branch out as farms bloom
Toward operationalizing resilience concepts in Australian marine sectors coping with climate change; Ecology and Society
Towards a diagnostic approach to climate adaptation for fisheries; Climatic Change
Translating science to benefit diverse publics: engagement pathways for linking climate risk, uncertainty, and agricultural identities; Science, Technology and Human Values
Understanding farming community concerns about adapting to a changed climate; Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change
What's the problem in adaptation pathways planning? The potential of a diagnostic problem-structuring approach; Environmental Science and Policy

Research Projects

2012: Adaptation Futures, USA; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Planning for the Southern Slopes NRM Region - Southern Slopes Cluster; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Improving processing vegetable yields through improved production practices; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Optimising feeds to support ecosystem-based aquaculture; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Rising to the Challenge-Developing Flexible Coastal Adaptation Pathways for Local Communities; Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE)
Scoping Study - To provide GRDC with a situation and needs analysis relating to current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulator; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Scoping systems of acceptance of improved soil management, with a focus on decision support systems and tools.; CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd (HPS CRC)
Understanding Adoptability of Techniques and Practices for Improved Soil Management; CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd (HPS CRC)
Aspirations, Attitudes & Capacity - Tasmanian Agrifood System
Integration for Strategy 22 i3 and enhancing science impact
JM Roberts Seed Funding for Sustainable Agriculture
Kingborough Council: Responding to Coastal Hazards
NRM Planning for Climate Change
Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project - Phase Two
PhD project: The benefits and limits of diversity in agricultural systems

Research Candidate Supervision

A New Model for Innovation in Food Safety
Developing Audience-Centric Climate change Communication in a Science-Saturated Media Environment.
Ethnic minority women and decision making in water governance at upstream Sekong River, in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue province
Exploring Climate Change Adaptation from an Agricultural Development Perspective in Ethiopia- Theory, Policy and Practices
How Can Traditional Perspectives Held by Members of Agricultural Communities in Bangladesh Inform Global Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation