Bridie Meyer-McLean

Bridie Meyer-McLean

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts


My PhD research aims to explore the conflict or counter-discourses of the anti-fracking movement. By using a comparison of grass-root movements, ‘Lock-the-gate’, Australia, and ‘Frack-Off ', United Kingdom, the study will examine the influence of the anti-fracking discourses on mining policy and the environmental and social outcomes. The theoretical framework will draw on new social movement and conflict theories to frame the anti-fracking movement and will use Fairclough's critical discourse analysis and Hajer's coalitions discourses as the analytical method.

My honours research used a qualitative conflict analysis that looks at the context, causes, actors and the relational dynamics of these three aspects of the conflict around fracking in the south-east of South Australia. My research focused particularly on how the community engagement processes used by government and industry effected the conflict. The results of the research found that community engagement processes were designed to provide information only and much of the conflict stemmed from stakeholders desire to participate in the decision-making processes regarding the natural resources of their area.

Another research area uses the conflict analysis described above to analyse the conflict regarding the marine park areas in South Australia.

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management (Hons)
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M., Palmer, R., Meyer-Mclean, B., Wanner, T., & Birzer, C. (2019). The fear of not flying: Achieving sustainable academic plane travel in higher education based on insights from South Australia. Sustainability (Switzerland), 11(9), 22 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2017 Meyer-McLean, C., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2017). Getting off the conflict treadmill: community engagement and marine park policy in South Australia, Australia. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 9(4), 240-264.
    DOI Scopus4

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