Matthew Bowie

Matthew Bowie

Higher Degree by Research Candidate


School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am currently developing a cross-disciplinary Ph.D. project broadly looking into human behaviour change for environmental conservation outcomes. Specifically, I am researching how we can use social marketing tools and strategies to change people's purchasing behaviour and increase consumer demand for environmentally-sound sustainably-grown coffee. However, sustainable coffee is simply a case-study, I feel there is massive potential for this type of work to drastically change how people perceive and act towards the nature that we all need.

I work within the Centre for Applied Conservation Science, a collaboration and philanthropic partnership between Conservation International and the University of Adelaide in South Australia. I also work with the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility as a licensed pilot for unmanned aircraft (aka drones). Bringing together aspects of applied ecology, sustainable development, social sciences, community engagement, and education, my overall desire is to help reconcile environmental conservation and social development. So, if you're into any of that I'm always happy to chat.

I also currently take on the following key appointments:
- Learning Facilitator, Torrens University Australia
- Publicity Officer, Biology Society of South Australia
- Committee member, Australian Science Communicators of South Australia

How can we #sustaincoffee? I collaborate across disciplines and institutions bringing together a variety of expertise and ideas to design behaviour change interventions and improve sustainability policy in the coffee industry. 

I work within the Environment Institute but I also work as a licensed drone pilot for the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility, filming and editing survey and promotional footage. 
Follow my sustainable coffee story on Instagram, Twiter, & Facebook @bowscovery or email me at

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Course Developer: Small Group Discovery Experience University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 Learning Facilitator Torrens University Australia, Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Course Developer: Students as Partners University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 Demonstrator University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Italian Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
    2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Honours in Environmental Science (1st class)
    2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Advanced)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2017 Remote Pilot Licene (RePL) Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia
    2017 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Position: PhD
  • Phone: 83132796
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant, floor 3
  • Room: 3 11
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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