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TS-CRC Student project - Rights and responsibilities in land ownership and resource management

University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

Katherine Witt (nee Taylor)


The primary aim of this research is to investigate how responsibility for land and natural resources is perceived, constructed and expressed by rural landowners. A secondary aim is to engage landowners in ethical discussion about multiple rights to the environment and social responsibilities of land ownership.

The purpose of this research is to describe and explain the concept of ‘responsibility’ in relation to land and resource ownership and the role of landowners’ perceived ‘responsibility’ in land and resource management. An understanding of how landowners perceive their responsibilities will reduce conflict in property rights issues and can be used to develop policy instruments that work with landowners to encourage sustainable natural resource use on private land.


Dr. Bill Carter, University of Queensland
Dr. Don Cameron, University of Queensland