MEET THE LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
CO-CONVENORS OF THE LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Associate Professor Aidan Davison
Associate Professor Aidan Davison – Aidan is a human geographer in the Discipline of Geography & Spatial Sciences at UTAS. He is fascinated and troubled by cultural, political and ethical questions related to contested concepts of ‘nature’, ‘development’ and ‘sustainability’. His research has covered diverse topics including philosophies of technology, urban nature, environmental movements, climate change and education for sustainability.
Professor Jason Byrne
Professor Jason Byrne – Jason (@CityByrne) is Professor of Human Geography and Planning at the University of Tasmania. Jason’s research addresses: social inequality in cities, urban green-space provision, and urban climate change adaptation. Jason is also a two-time award winner of the Planning Institute of Australia’s national award for excellence in cutting edge research and teaching. Jason makes regular appearances on radio and television, discussing the many challenges facing cities and potential innovative solutions.
LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Dr Karen Alexander
Karen is an interdisciplinary Research Fellow in the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania. She is a human geographer with wide-ranging interests, centring on marine governance. She specialises in issues around the transition to a green (blue) economy. Recently her research has focused on ocean and coastal conflict and marine ecosystem-based management.
Dr Jagannath Aryal
Jagannath is a senior lecturer of spatial sciences at the University of Tasmania. His current research focus is on application of spatial and temporal analysis in mapping spatial uncertainties in land use / cover changes, tourist behaviour modelling, predictive mapping of bushfires, and geo-information extraction in hierarchy from Earth Observation (EO) data with an emphasis on bridging the gap between physical geography and spatial sciences. Dr Aryal is an editor of Journal of Spatial Science and Remote Sensing Journal.
Dr Kate Booth
Kate is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning at the University of Tasmania. Her research is motivated by an interest in place and places and the possibility of political dissent, and she is focused on how insurance is constituted with cities and households. Kate leads the University’s planning program, coordinating the professionally accredited Master of Planning course and teaches regional and urban planning. Kate has previously worked for a performing arts consortium, environmental group and the Derwent Estuary Program.
Dr Jen Evans
Jen is a social and cultural geographer whose research is focussed on the valuing of natural environments, land use conflict, participatory GIS mapping and Indigenous methodologies. She is a Research Fellow with the Rural Clinical School at UTAS. Dr Evans is published in the fields of social change and the natural environment, visitor interpretation and public infrastructure design. She has authored several publications regarding the valuing of takayna country (the Tarkine).
Professor Heather Lovell
Heather is a human geographer with research interests in the politics, policies and practices of innovation in response to environmental problems. Heather is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2015-19) at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and is Research Leader in the School of Technology, Environments and Design. She has previously held positions at Edinburgh, Durham and Oxford Universities in the UK.
Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd
Ian is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resource Management and Geography in the University of Melbourne. Ian is a fluvial geomorphologist whose research and policy experience centres on water and river management. Ian is invited to speak regularly at many conferences, but also to local Landcare Groups, Community groups, and river managers. Ian’s international work includes projects in South East Asia, the USA, Canada and South Africa.
Dr Vishnu Prahalad
Vishnu is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Tasmania. He has varied research interests ranging from saltmarsh and wetland ecology, science communication, community engagement, planning and management, systems thinking, moral philosophy and political economy. Vishnu’s publications include ‘a field guide to the plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands’, atlases for saltmarshes for all three regions of Tasmania and the ‘saltmarsh matters’ citizen science app and several other science communication materials.
Jamie Kirkpatrick is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies in the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, where he teaches undergraduate units with alliterative names (e.g. Fire, Weeds and Ferals), supervises a lot of research students (70 RHD graduates), and does research that either advances nature conservation or is amusing. He publishes prolifically in ecology, conservation and social geography He is a member of Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (Tasmania), an elected member of the University of Tasmania Council and advocates kindness to all sentient beings in his social relationships and the mass media. His most recent book is Conservation Worrier De Press 2017.
Rob Anders is the Aboriginal Education and Strategy Officer and Senior Technical Officer in Surveying and Spatial Sciences (half-time appointments) in the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences at UTAS. Rob can trace his Aboriginal heritage to Woretermoteteyenner, daughter of Mannalargenenna from the northeast Coastal Plains nation (Tasmania). He is currently a director of melythina tiakana warrana Aboriginal Corporation, and a member of the statutory Aboriginal Heritage Council under the Tasmania’s Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975. Rob is passionate about working at the community level, practicing culture, and the management and protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. He has used his skills in field surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the application of spatial mapping techniques to research Tasmania’s Aboriginal history, of which he is author of maps appearing in several books and other works. Rob has worked in partnership with artists, most recently on Island Shrine in Dark MOFO 2018. In his Senior Technical Officer role, Rob has extensive experience in field surveying and geographic information systems (GIS).
Elaine Stratford is a cultural and political geographer. Currently a research professor in the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania, she is also an adjunct professor in the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, for which she was inaugural director. Elaine has worked in various capacities in the service of geography: Head of School of Geography and Environmental Studies at UTAS (mid-2005 to end 2013); Councillor and Treasurer, Institute of Australian Geographers; Editor-in-Chief, Geographical Research; and editorial board member, Geohumanities and Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Elaine has also recently finished a three-year term on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.