natural resources

Natural resource management addresses technical, economic, political and social issues related to land, water, forests, grasslands, and other resources. Sustainable use of natural resources underpins all of our livelihoods, and community well-being. It is an important area of community concern, both domestically and internationally. Successful management of natural resources involves sound technical practices, good policy, and often most importantly, collaboration between individuals and groups with different interests within a landscape. It combines environmental, social, economic and policy considerations, considered from local to global scales.

Since many of the issues are interdisciplinary in nature, teaching is shared with other schools within the university (such as Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Economics, and Social Sciences) and integration courses are taught within the programs to equip students with the skills needed to combined biophysical, economic and social aspects of natural resource management.

Natural Resource Management graduates can find employment as:

  • Research and policy officers in state and national government departments and in international organisations
  • Extension and advisory staff in community-based NRM organisations, state government departments and private businesses
  • Consultants to Australian producers and in developing countries to increase food security, improve farm outcomes, and facilitate compromise in land use conflicts
  • Managers and field staff responsible for the care of national parks, forests and other natural areas
  • Advisors in banks and other financial institutions
  • Academics in tertiary teaching

 The University offers students the following study options:

Natural Resource Management research being undertaken within the School includes:

  • Improving livelihoods and rural industries in developing countries
  • Agroforestry, smallholder and community forestry and agricultural systems
  • Tropical forest restoration and management
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Indigenous natural resource management
  • Effective governance of natural resources
  • Resolving resource conflicts
  • Renewable energy and the carbon economy
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Managing social-ecological systems for resilience

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