TS-CRC Student project - People, policy and sustainable development in the tropical savannas

University of Queensland

Jenny Moffatt

Aims | Projected outcomes |

Aims

The first and most important aim of the study is to understand the perspective of graziers in rural and remote Queensland regarding social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. This would be an in-depth understanding and include how these dimensions interact at property and broader scales.

The second aim is to understand the constraints and enabling factors associated with institutional arrangements of relevance to sustainable development for these graziers, from both graziers and those who influence their perspective, such as government officials. Specific policies, practices and organisations will be examined in the social, economic and ecological areas, based on information from the literature, exploratory research and the graziers.

The third aim is to provide an analysis giving direction for changed institutional arrangements towards a more sustainable future. A systems framework and eclectic theoretical approach will be used to examine the perspective of graziers, the institutional arrangements that impact and the interactions between dimensions of sustainable development and scales, to produce an analysis giving direction for changed institutional arrangements towards a more sustainable future.

Projected outcomes

  • a developing understanding of the social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainable development that operate at property and broader scales and the interactions between them from the graziers’ perspective;
  • the constraints and opportunities involved in sustainable development from graziers’ and others’ perspectives in the Tropical Savannas;
  • what this information means for policy in the tropical savannas.