Dr Tom Measham: researching the global sustainability challenges faced by regional communities
Dr Tom Measham’s research aims to understand the social dimensions of complex environmental challenges and building adaptive capacity through participatory and learning processes.
6 November 2009 | Updated 21 August 2013
Dr Tom Measham leads a team working to understand the global sustainability challenges faced by regional communities and how these impact on their futures.
Addressing this issue in any given location involves defining regional aspirations in the face of global pressures.
Dr Measham leads a team working to understand the global sustainability challenges faced by regional communities and how these impact on their futures.
To navigate this nexus of endogenous and exogenous factors, we emphasise the role of informed dialogue in place-specific contexts, where both the possible contributions of science and the values held by local participants are openly discussed.
Key questions include:
- whether informed dialogue with regional communities can impact future trajectories
- to what extent can communities manage change at the regional scale?
- what makes regions viable?
- for which policy applications is the regional scale most relevant?
Dr Measham's current research includes:
- monitoring regional transition related to the expansion of coal seam gas in southern Queensland
- mapping the spatial distribution of benefits and impacts from the mining sector in rural Australia
- evaluating community adaptation to climate change in New South Wales
- assessing the social drivers and benefits of payments for ecosystem services
Dr Measham joined CSIRO in Townsville, North Queensland, in 1998.
In 2004 he moved to Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), to join the Resource Futures program at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.
Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Measham was a research officer and tutor at the School of Tropical Environmental Studies and Geography at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Dr Measham holds the following qualifications:
- Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1994
- Master of Science from James Cook University, Queensland, 1998
- Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 2004.
Dr Measham has the following awards and association memberships:
- Senior Research Fellow, IHDP Earth System Governance Project
- Eureka 'Innovative Solutions To Climate Change' Award for Sydney Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, 2009
- CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Divisional partnerships Award, 2008.
He is also a member of the Geography National Curriculum Reference Panel (Professional Advisor), Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA.
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