Dr Douglas Bardsley

Douglas Bardsley
Senior Lecturer
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

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Dr Douglas Bardsley

I have been trained as a social geographer, an educator and an agricultural scientist, and my research represents that cross-disciplinary interest.  Over the last 18 years, my work has focused on environmental and agro-ecological risk management, and especially  climate change adaptation; links between conservation and development; and education, for sustainable development.  My research has been undertaken while working for the South Australian Government and while based in universities and research institutes in Australia, Switzerland and the UK, and has involved socio-ecological studies in Australia, Thailand, Turkey, Switzerland, Nepal and the European Union.  Over the last few years I have been researching climate change adaptation in the Adelaide-Mt Lofty Ranges and Alinytjara Wilurara regions of South Australia, and planning for bushfire risk mitigation within the Mediterranean biome.


Date Institution name Country Title
University of Melbourne Australia GDipEd
Flinders University Australia MA
University of Adelaide Australia BAgSci(Hons)
University of Melbourne Australia PhD


Year Citation
2017 Bardsley, D. (2017). Too much, too young? Teachers' opinions of risk education in secondary school geography. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 26, 1, 36-53.
2016 Wiseman, N. D. & Bardsley, D. K. (2016). Monitoring to learn, learning to monitor: a critical analysis of opportunities for Indigenous community-based monitoring of environmental change in Australian rangelands.. Geographical Research, 54, 1, 52-71.
2016 Moskwa, E. C., Ahonen, I., Santala, V., Weber, D., Robinson, G. M. & Bardsley, D. K. (2016). Perceptions of bushfire risk mitigation and biodiversity conservation: a systematic review of fifteen years of research. Environmental Reviews, 24, 3, 219-232.
2016 Bardsley, D. & Wiseman, N. (2016). Socio-ecological lessons for the Anthropocene: Learning from the remote Indigenous communities of Central Australia. Anthropocene, 14, 58-70.
2015 Fielke, S. & Bardsley, D. (2015). A brief political history of South Australian agriculture. Rural History, 26, 1, 101-125.
2015 Pandey, R. & Bardsley, D. (2015). Social-ecological vulnerability to climate change in the Nepali Himalaya. Applied Geography, 64, 74-86.
2015 Fielke, S. & Bardsley, D. (2015). Regional agricultural governance in peri-urban and rural South Australia: strategies to improve multifunctionality. Sustainability Science, 10, 2, 231-243.
2015 Bardsley, D., Weber, D., Robinson, G., Moskwa, E. & Bardsley, A. (2015). Wildfire risk, biodiversity and peri-urban planning in the Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia. Applied Geography, 63, 155-165.
2015 Bardsley, D. K. (2015). Navigating the Roles of the Social Learning Researcher: a critical analysis of a learning approach to guide climate change adaptation. Australian Geographer, 46, 1, 33-50.
2015 Bardsley, D. K. (2015). Limits to adaptation or a second modernity? Responses to climate change risk in the context of failing socio-ecosystems. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 17, 1, 41-55.
2014 Bardsley, D. & Bardsley, A. (2014). Organising for socio-ecological resilience: the roles of the mountain farmer cooperative Genossenschaft Gran Alpin in Graubünden, Switzerland. Ecological Economics, 98, 11-21.
2014 Lereboullet, A., Beltrando, G., Bardsley, D. & Rouvellac, E. (2014). The viticultural system and climate change: coping with long-term trends in temperature and rainfall in Roussillon, France. Regional Environmental Change, 14, 5, 1951-1966.
2014 Fielke, S. & Bardsley, D. (2014). The importance of farmer education in South Australia. Land Use Policy, 39, 301-312.
2014 Bardsley, D. (2014). Four degrees of global warming: Australia in a hot world. Edited by Peter Christoff. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014, 268 pages, paperback, ISBN 9780415824583. Geographical Education, 27, 63-63.
2013 Lereboullet, A., Bardsley, D. & Beltrando, G. (2013). Assessing vulnerability and framing adaptive options of two Mediterranean wine growing regions facing climate change: Roussillon (France) and McLaren Vale (Australia). EchoGeo, 23, 23, 1-15.
2013 Lereboullet, A., Beltrando, G. & Bardsley, D. (2013). Socio-ecological adaptation to climate change: A comparative case study from the Mediterranean wine industry in France and Australia. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 164, 273-285.
2013 Wiseman, N. & Bardsley, D. (2013). Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: A review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 18, 9, 1024-1045.
2013 Bardsley, D. & Niven, R. (2013). Transforming society to govern planned retreat: responding to "The contested nature of coastal climate change". Regional Environmental Change: natural and social aspects, 13, 1, 215-217.
2013 Niven, R. & Bardsley, D. (2013). Planned retreat as a management response to coastal risk: A case study from the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Regional Environmental Change: natural and social aspects, 13, 1, 193-209.
2013 Fielke, S. & Bardsley, D. (2013). South Australian farmers' markets: tools for enhancing the multifunctionality of Australian agriculture. GeoJournal, 78, 5, 759-776.
2012 Bardsley, D. & Pech, P. (2012). Defining spaces of resilience within the neoliberal paradigm: could French land use classifications guide support for risk management within an Australian regional context?. Human Ecology, 40, 1, 129-143.
2012 Bardsley, D. & Wiseman, N. (2012). Climate change vulnerability and social development for remote indigenous communities of South Australia. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 22, 3, 713-723.
2011 Bardsley, D. & Rogers, G. (2011). Prioritizing engagement for sustainable adaptation to climate change: An example from natural resource management in South Australia. Society & Natural Resources, 24, 1, 1-17.
2010 Bardsley, D. (2010). NatureLinks: a critical response to climate change impacts on biodiversity in South Australia. South Australian Geographer, 25, 1, 3-10, 42-44.
2010 Bardsley, D. & Sweeney, S. (2010). Guiding climate change adaptation within vulnerable natural resource management systems. Environmental Management, 45, 5, 1127-1141.
2010 Bardsley, D. & Hugo, G. (2010). Migration and climate change: examining thresholds of change to guide effective adaptation decision-making. Population and Environment, 32, 2-3, 238-262.
2008 Bardsley, D. (2008). Agrodiversity in the Asia-Pacific. Connell, John and Waddell, Eric (eds.) (2007) Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia Pacific: Between Local and Global, London: Routledge, 256 pp., US$65.00, ISBN:9780415404143. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 49, 1, 133-135.
2007 Bardsley, D. & Edwards-Jones, G. (2007). Invasive species policy and climate change: social perceptions of environmental change in the Mediterranean. Environmental Science & Policy, 10, 3, 230-242.
2007 Bardsley, D. & Bardsley, A. (2007). A Constructivist Approach to Climate Change Teaching and Learning. Geographical Research, 45, 4, 329-339.
2007 Bardsley, D. (2007). Education for all in a global era? The social justice of Australian secondary school education in a risk society. Journal of Education Policy, 22, 5, 493-508.
2007 Bardsley, D. (2007). A philosophy of diversity for sustainable agricultural development: Responding to climate change by empowering people. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 3, 2, 19-28.
2006 Bardsley, D. & Thomas, I. (2006). In situ agrobiodiversity conservation: Examples from Nepal, Turkey and Switzerland in the first decade of the convention on Biological Diversity. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 49, 5, 653-674.
2006 Bardsley, D. & Edwards-Jones, G. (2006). Stakeholders' perceptions of the impacts of invasive exotic plant species in the Mediterranean region. GeoJournal, 65, 3, 199-210.
2006 Bardsley, D. (2006). Valuing diversity for sustainable futures: A response to Wood and Lenné. Land Use Policy, 23, 4, 643-644.
2005 Bardsley, D. & Thomas, I. (2005). In situ agrobiodiversity conservation for regional development in Nepal. GeoJournal, 62, 1-2, 27-39.
2005 Bardsley, D. & Thomas, I. (2005). Valuing local wheat landraces for agrobiodiversity conservation in Northeast Turkey. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 106, 4, 407-412.
2004 Bardsley, D. & Thomas, I. (2004). In situ agrobiodiversity conservation in the Swiss inner Alpine zone. GeoJournal, 60, 2, 99-109.
2004 Bardsley, D. (2004). Education for sustainability as the future of geography education. Geographical Education, 17, 33-39.
2003 Bardsley, D. (2003). Risk alleviation via in situ agrobiodiversity conservation: drawing from experiences in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 99, 1-3, 149-157.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Bardsley, D. (2017). Indigenous knowledge and practice for climate change adaptation. In D. DellaSala & M. Goldstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene Elsevier.
2016 Bardsley, D., Wiseman, N. & Hugo, G. (2016). Generating narratives on future risk to inform regional climate change adaptation planning. In J. Knieling (Ed.), Climate adaptation governance in cities and regions: theoretical fundamentals and practical evidence (pp. 89-111). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
2015 Bardsley, D. (2015). Message in a bottle: the wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change. In J. Watson (Ed.), Politics, Policy & the Chance of Change: the Conversation Yearbook 2015 (pp. 141-144). Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.
2015 Bardsley, D. K. (2015). Recreating diversity for resilient and adaptive agricultural systems. In G. M. Robinson & D. A. Carson (Eds.), Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture (pp. 404-424). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
2014 Lereboullet, A. -. L., Beltrando, G. & Bardsley, D. (2014). L'adaptation multiforme des terroirs viticoles au changement climatique: un cas d'etude comparative France (Roussillon)/Australie (McLaren Vale). In H. Quénol (Ed.), Changement Climatique et Terroirs Viticoles (pp. 377-404). Paris: Lavoisier.
2014 Hugo, G. J. & Bardsley, D. (2014). Migration and environmental change in Asia. In E. Piguet & F. Laczko (Eds.), People on the move in a changing climate: The regional impact of environmental change on migration (pp. 21-48). Netherlands: Springer.
2013 Bardsley, D. & Hugo, G. (2013). Migration and climate change: examining thresholds of change to guide effective adaptation decision-making. In Climate Change and Migration, 2013 (pp. 418-442). Edward Elgar.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Lereboullet, A. -. L., Beltrando, G., Bardsley, D. & Rouvellac, E. (2015). Le changement climatique va-t-il déstabiliser la filière viti-vinicole dans le Roussillon?. 25ème Colloque de l’Association Internationale de Climatologie. S. Bigot & S. Rome (Eds.) Grenoble, France.
2013 Pandey, R. & Bardsley, D. (2013). Human ecological implications of climate change in the Himalaya: pilot studies of adaptation in agro-ecosystems within two villages from Middle Hills and Tarai, Nepal. Impacts World 2013. International Conference on Climate Change Effects. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Ed.) Potsdam, Germany.
2012 Lereboullet, A. -. L., Beltrando, G. & Bardsley, D. (2012). Améliorer la capacité d'adaptation des agrosystèmes viticoles: les apports complémentaires de la climatologie et des sciences sociales. Conference of the French National Committee of Geography (CNFG). Liège, Belgium.
2010 Bardsley, D. (2010). Research to support sustainable alternatives to the productivist paradigm in an era of climatic risk. Symposium Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food, ISDA. Montpellier, France.
2010 Bardsley, D. & Sweeney, S. (2010). Applying a climate change adaptation decision framework for the Adelaide-Mt Lofty ranges. Greenhouse. Perth.
2008 Bardsley, D. (2008). Building resilience into marginal agroecosystems? a global priority for socio-ecological sustainability. European Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. Berlin.
2006 Bardsley, D. & Edwards-Jones, G. (2006). Changing perceptions in a changing climate: invasive plant species management in Mediterranean landscapes. Australian Weeds Conference. C. Preston, J. Watts & N. Crossman (Eds.) Adelaide.
2005 Bardsley, D. (2005). Difference as a resource for sustainable agricultural development: Responding to the globalization of modern agriculture by supporting local agrobiodiversity. Farming Systems and PovertyMaking a Difference -- Proceedings of the International Symposium of the International Farming Systems AssociationA Global Learning Opportunity. J. Dixon, C. Neely, C. Lightfoot, M. Avila, D. Baker, C. Holding & C. King (Eds.) Rome, Italy.
2002 Bardsley, D. (2002). Agriculture as conservation: the in situ conservation of crop landraces in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal. 3rd Joint Conference of the Geography New Zealand Geographical Society and Institute of Australian Geographers. P. Holland, F. Stephenson & A. Wearing (Eds.) Dunedin, New Zealand.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2017 Bardsley, D., Palazzo, E., Wiseman, N. & Stringer, R., (2017). The roles of agricultural biodiversity in the McLaren Vale landscape, Government of South Australia, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Adelaide,
2017 Moskwa, E., Robinson, G., Bardsley, D. K. & Weber, D., (2017). Bushfires and Biodiversity: Optimising Conservation Outcomes in Peri-urban Areas at Risk,
2016 Wiseman, N., Palazzo, E. & Bardsley, D. K., (2016). Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid: Gaps in GIS data mapping and recommendations for future research,
2015 Wiseman, N. D. & Bardsley, D. K., (2015). Adapting to climate change on country. Climate change addendum - technical report for the Alinytjara Wilurara regional management plan, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia,
2015 Wiseman, N. D. & Bardsley, D. K., (2015). Climate change addendum for the Alinytjara Wilurara regional management plan, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia,
2013 Findlay, C., Umberger, W., Bardsley, D. K., Tan, Y. & Watson, A. J., (2013). Asian Food in Transition: Priority Research for Food Security and Sustainable Futures in Australia, China and the Asia-Pacific Region.., The University of Adelaide, Adelaide,
2012 Bardsley, D. & Wiseman, N., (2012). It depends which way the wind blows: An integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for the Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management region: final report June 2012, Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management Board,
2009 Hugo, G., Bardsley, D., Tan, Y., Sharma, V., Williams, M. & Bedford, R., (2009). Climate Change and Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Development Bank, Philippines,
2008 Bardsley, D. & Sweeney, S., (2008). A regional climate change decision framework for natural resource management, Government of South Australia, Adelaide,
2008 Crossman, N., Bryan, B. & Bardsley, D., (2008). Modelling native and exotic flora distributions under climate Change, CSIRO,
2007 Bardsley, D. & Liddicoat, C., (2007). Community perceptions of climate change impacts on natural resources management in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Government of South Australia, Adelaide,
2006 Bardsley, D., (2006). There's a change on the way - an initial integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for natural resource management in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Region, Government of South Australia,

Original Creative Works

Year Citation
2006 Bardsley, D. K., (2006). The Adaptation Challenge: A Conversation in Climate Risk for 2030, Adelaide,


Year Citation
2002 Bardsley, D. K.; (2002); A Comparative Study of In Situ Agrobiodiversity Conservation in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal;
1996 Bardsley, D. K.; (1996); A Philosophy of Diversity as a Basis for Sustainable Development: Learning from Examples of Agricultural Development in Northeast Thailand;
1991 Bardsley, D. K.; (1991); The Effect of Elevated Carbon Dioxide Concentration and Mineral Nitrogen on the Growth and Nitrogen Fixation of Subterranean Clover Swards;

Internet Publications

Year Citation
2015 Bardsley, D.; (2015); Message in a bottle: the wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change;

Courses taught at Undergraduate Level include:

GEOG 2139 Environmental Management

GEOG 3146 Food Security

GEOG 3137 Biogeography and Biodiversity Conservation (with Dr John Tibby)

GEOG 2142 Climate Change (with Dr John Tibby)

ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (Tutor)

At Postgraduate Level: GEOG 5002 Environmental Planning and Governance

I am currently supervising 2 students undertaking PhD Dissertations.

Senior Lecturer
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North Terrace
Napier Building
Room Number
G 27
Org Unit
Geography, Environment and Population