Melissa Nursey-Bray

Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray


School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research investigates the connection between people and the environment. I focus on how to engage communities to be part of environmental decision making, particularly in the context of climate change and biodiversity protection. I have worked with Indigenous, ports, local government and fishing communities on a range of projects. These projects have examined how conflict, social and cultural values, knowledge, social learning and perceptions affect how people become involved in or help drive environmental sustainability.

My most recent work explore how different communities can adapt to climate change. This has included developing adaptation strategies for Indigenous peoples, looking at how urban areas can be ‘greened’ and the ways in which fisheries can be made more resilient and responsive to climate threats.

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: urban ecology, Indigenous resource management, climate change adaptation, co-management, and fisheries/marine management.

My current projects include:

  • Indigenous Climate Adaptation 

    This research program considers the barriers and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples in relation to climate change. It explores how climate change impacts on and the community driven responses to climate change across the world. In particular the program examines the role of traditional knowledge in informing Indigenous adaptation, and the ways in which Indigenous ways of doing can be incorporated within wider policy frameworks both on Indigenous country and in cities.

  • Community engagement and environmental change 

    This is a research program that undertakes a range of projects that explore the ways in which communities engage with the issue of climate change and biodiversity, in order to strengthen policy and management. The project examines the role of conflict, social learning, knowledge, risk, values and perception in influencing community behaviour about and towards environmental issues. Examples of studies undertaken include a perception study about climate change for the rock lobster fishery, understanding how marine stakeholders feel about the relationship between sharks and aquaculture, and projects on community gardens and trees in cities.

  • Adaptation, Community Environment (ACE) 

    I am the Director of a research group called Adaptation, Community Environment (ACE) that aims to undertake applied research and work with stakeholders and community groups on project they want undertaken on adaptation or environmental management. Examples include consultancy work (a recent one on the social impact of alcohol restrictions on the NT is an example), conduct of research training workshops for local community groups, implementation of citizen science projects (i.e. on marine pollution or climate change, see REDMAP), an annual adaptation seminar series that includes industry and community presentations and the establishment of an artist in residence program on art and public space.

    This project considers the ways in which different groups can work together for a common goal. It also aims to develop a strong partnership between academia and the community, so that project results can be useful to and used by communities to guide their own day to day business. The establishment of ACE creates opportunities for applied research that involves and has positive impacts on community. ACE aims to work with and for not on communities.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Professor University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2021 Interim Head of School University of Adelaide
    2015 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2009 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer Australian Maritime College, UTAS
    2004 - 2005 Senior Research Officer CSIRO, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Teaching Award Elder Cole Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision University of Adelaide Australia $8,000
    2017 Award Beacon Commendation for Excellence in HDR Supervision University of Adelaide Australia $2000
    2017 Recognition Australian Ambassador for Regional Studies Association Regional Studies Association United Kingdom
    2017 Achievement Handling Editor, Australian Journal of Environmental Management University of Queensland Australia
    2017 Award Co-winner best paper award World Symposium on Climate Change Communication Australia
    2016 Recognition Chief Editor, Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, South Australia Royal Geographical Society, South Australia Australia
    2016 Award Co-winner of Pete Hay Environmental Award for best paper Australian Political Studies association Australia
    2012 Award White Paper Award Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Research Award ECR Award for Research Excellence Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide Australia
    2009 Award Office of Learning and Teaching Citation Universiyt of Tasmania Australia
    2009 Fellowship Honorary Tyndall Fellow Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research United Kingdom
    2008 Award Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning University of Tasmania Australia
    2001 Fellowship Winston Churchill Fellowship James Cook University Australia $30,000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 University of Tasmania Australia Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
    2006 James Cook University Australia PhD
    1992 University of Adelaide Australia Masters Degree in Environmental Studies
    1989 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Bax, N., Novaglio, C., Maxwell, K. H., Meyers, K., McCann, J., Jennings, S., . . . Carter, C. G. (2021). Ocean resource use: building the coastal blue economy. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 1-19.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Nursey-Bray, M., Gillanders, B. M., & Maher, J. (2021). Developing indicators for adaptive capacity for multiple use coastal regions: Insights from the Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 211, 1-11.
    2021 Masud-All-Kamal, M., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2021). Socially just community-based climate change adaptation? Insights from Bangladesh. Local Environment, 26(9), 1092-1108.
    2021 Atampugre, G., Nursey-Bray, M., Masud-All-Kamal, M., & Nyarko, B. K. (2021). Assessing Farm-Households’ Vulnerability to Climate Change Risks in Semi-arid Ghana. Unknown Journal, 527-553.
    2021 Masud-All-Kamal, M., Nursey-Bray, M., & Hassan, S. M. M. (2021). Challenges to building social capital through planned adaptation: Evidence from rural communities in Bangladesh. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 3, 100091.
    2020 Nursey-Bray, M. (2020). Place and pandemics – reflections on the role of geography. Journal of the Royal Geographical Society South Australia, 116(1), 1-5.
    2020 Nursey-Bray, M., Palmer, R., Stuart, A., Arbon, V., & Rigney, L. (2020). Scale, colonisation and adapting to climate change: Insights from the Arabana people, South Australia. Geoforum, 114, 138-150.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2020 Ross, H., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2020). Acknowledging Country properly. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 27(3), 245-248.
    2019 Owusu, M., Nursey-Bray, M., & Rudd, D. (2019). Gendered perception and vulnerability to climate change in urban slum communities in Accra, Ghana. Regional Environmental Change, 19(1), 13-25.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS8
    2019 Owusu, M., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2019). Socio-economic and institutional drivers of vulnerability to climate change in urban slums: the case of Accra, Ghana. Climate and Development, 11(8), 687-698.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2019 Atampugre, G., Nursey-Bray, M., & Adade, R. (2019). Using geospatial techniques to assess climate risks in savannah agroecological systems. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 14, 100-107.
    DOI Scopus7
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M., Palmer, R., Smith, T. F., & Rist, P. (2019). Old ways for new days: Australian Indigenous peoples and climate change. Local Environment, 24(5), 473-486.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS14
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M. (2019). Uncoupling binaries, unsettling narratives and enriching pedagogical practice: lessons from a trial to Indigenize geography curricula at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(3), 323-342.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    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 Scopus13 WoS10
    2019 Pecl, G. T., Stuart-Smith, J., Walsh, P., Bray, D. J., Kusetic, M., Burgess, M., . . . Moltschaniwskyj, N. (2019). Redmap Australia: challenges and successes with a large-scale citizen science-based approach to ecological monitoring and community engagement on climate change. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6(JUN), 349-1-349-11.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS22
    2018 Nursey-Bray, M., Magnusson, A., Bicknell, N., Magnusson, M., Morison, J., & Sullivan, A. (2018). Adapting to change: prioritising management for the future of the Marine Scalefish Fishery. Marine Policy, 95, 153-165.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2018 Hasan, Z., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2018). Artisan fishers’ perception of climate change and disasters in coastal Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61(7), 1204-1223.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS13
    2018 Jorgensen, B., Martin, J., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2018). Managerial career choices: evidence from South Australian local government. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(4), 604-623.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Nursey-Bray, M., Palmer, R., & Pecl, G. (2018). Spot, log, map: Assessing a marine virtual citizen science program against Reed's best practice for stakeholder participation in environmental management. Ocean and Coastal Management, 151, 1-9.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2018 Nursey-Bray, M., & Palmer, R. (2018). Country, climate change adaptation and colonisation: insights from an Indigenous adaptation planning process, Australia. Heliyon, 4(3), e00565-1-e00565-28.
    DOI Scopus11
    2018 Nursey-Bray, M., Fidelman, P., & Owusu, M. (2018). Does co-management facilitate adaptive capacity in times of environmental change? Insights from fisheries in Australia. Marine Policy, 96, 72-80.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    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 Scopus5
    2017 Islam, M., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2017). Adaptation to climate change in agriculture in Bangladesh: the role of formal institutions. Journal of Environmental Management, 200, 347-358.
    DOI Scopus51 WoS47 Europe PMC3
    2017 Nursey-Bray, M. (2017). Towards socially just adaptive climate governance: the transformative potential of conflict. Local Environment, 22(2), 156-171.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9
    2017 Fidelman, P., Van Tuyen, T., Nong, K., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2017). The institutions-adaptive capacity nexus: Insights from coastal resources co-management in Cambodia and Vietnam. Environmental Science and Policy, 76, 103-112.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS15
    2016 Fidelman, P., Tuyen, T., Nong, K., Nursey-Bray, M., Keoc, P., & Owusu, M. (2016). Adaptive capacity of coastal resource management institutions in Cambodia, Vietnam and Australia. APN Science Bulletin, (6), 27-33.
    2016 Nursey-Bray, M., & Arabana Aboriginal Corporation. (2016). Lore, law and water governance: insights into managing water for country, Australia. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8(27), 12-16.
    2016 Nursey-Bray, M. (2016). “More than fishy business”: epistemology, integration and conflict in marine spatial planning. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(1), 129-132.
    DOI Scopus84 WoS74
    2016 Nursey-Bray, M. (2016). Partnershps and ports: negotiating climate adaptive governance for sustainable transport regimes. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 10(2), 75-85.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    2016 Nursey-Bray, M., Harvey, N., & Smith, T. (2016). Learning and local government in coastal South Australia: towards a community of practice framework for adapting to global change. Regional Environmental Change, 16(3), 733-746.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4
    2016 Vince, J., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2016). Policy capacity in Ocean Governance: Rio +20 and Australian Outcomes. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 8(3), 165-179.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M., Parnell, E., Ankeny, R., Bray, H., & Rudd, D. (2015). Community gardens as pathways to community resilience? Reflections on a pilot study in Adelaide, South Australia. South Australian Geographical Journal, 113(i_current), 13-28.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M., & Arabana Corporation. (2015). Cultural indicators, country and culture: the Arabana, change and water. The Rangeland Journal, 37(6), 555-569.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M. (2015). Beyond the north-south culture wars: reconciling Northern Australia's recent past with its future. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 22(3), 375-376.
    2014 Nursey-Bray, M., Vince, J., Scott, M., Haward, M., O'Toole, K., Smith, T., . . . Clarke, B. (2014). Science into policy? Discourse, coastal management and knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, 38, 107-119.
    DOI Scopus73 WoS67
    2014 Nursey-Bray, M. (2014). Welcome to My Country. GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, 52(2), 223-224.
    2014 Jacobson, C., Hughey, K., Lynch, A., Nursey-Bray, M., O'Connell, M., Munro, P., . . . Carter, R. (2014). Twenty years of pacifying responses to environmental management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(2), 143-174.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS15
    2014 Nursey-Bray, M., & Jacobson, C. (2014). ‘Which way?’: The contribution of Indigenous marine governance. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 6(1), 27-40.
    2014 Frusher, S., Hobday, A., Jennings, S., Creighton, C., D'Silva, D., Haward, M., . . . van Putten, E. (2014). The short history of research in a marine climate change hotspot: from anecdote to adaptation in south-east Australia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 24(2), 593-611.
    DOI Scopus64 WoS62
    2013 van Putten, I., Jennings, S., Frusher, S., Gardner, C., Haward, M., Hobday, A., . . . Revill, H. (2013). Building blocks of economic resilience to climate change: a south east Australian fisheries example. Regional Environmental Change: natural and social aspects, 13(6), 1313-1323.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS15
    2013 Clarke, B., Stocker, L., Coffey, B., Leith, P., Harvey, N., Baldwin, C., . . . Cannard, T. (2013). Enhancing the knowledge-governance interface: Coasts, climate and collaboration. Ocean & Coastal Management, 86, 88-99.
    DOI Scopus62 WoS56
    2013 Davidson, J., van Putten, I., Leith, P., Nursey-Bray, M., Madin, E., & Holbrook, N. (2013). Toward operationalizing resilience concepts in Australian marine sectors coping with climate change. Ecology and Society, 18(3), 1-20.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS27
    2013 Nursey-Bray, M., Blackwell, B., Brooks, B., Campbell, M., Goldsworthy, L., Pateman, H., . . . Hewitt, C. (2013). Vulnerabilities and adaptation of ports to climate change. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 56(7), 1021-1045.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS23
    2012 Harvey, N., Clarke, B., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2012). Australian coastal management and climate change. Geographical Research, 50(4), 356-367.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS18
    2012 Nursey-Bray, M. (2012). Arid lands, arid, management: community engagement, communities of practice and environmental governance in Lake Eyre-Kati Thanda. South Australian Geographical Journal, 111(i_current), 56-74.
    2012 Nursey-Bray, M., Pecl, G., Frusher, S., Gardner, C., Haward, M., Hobday, A., . . . van Putten, I. (2012). Communicating climate change: climate change risk perceptions and rock lobster fishers, Tasmania. Marine Policy, 36(3), 753-759.
    DOI Scopus54 WoS54
    2012 Pharo, E., Davison, A., Warr, K., Nursey-Bray, M., Beswick, K., Wapstra, E., & Jones, C. (2012). Can teacher collaboration overcome barriers to interdisciplinary learning in a disciplinary university? A case study using climate change. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(5), 497-507.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS25
    2011 Nursey-Bray, M., & Haugstetter, H. (2011). More Than a Marriage of Convenience: The Convergence of Management and Indigenous Educational Practice. Journal of Management Education, 35(1), 168-186.
    DOI Scopus2
    2011 Nursey-Bray, M. (2011). Social Contexts and Customary Fisheries: Marine Protected Areas and Indigenous Use, Australia. Environmental Management, 47(4), 671-683.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC1
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M. (2010). Climate change adaptation in Australia: Education, training and achieving social and political outcomes. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 2(4), 393-402.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M. (2010). Local governance for local governments: A framework for addressing climate change. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 7(November), 168-186.
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M., Marsh, H., & Ross, H. (2010). Exploring discourses in environmental decision making: An Indigenous hunting case study. Society & Natural Resources, 23(4), 366-382.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS16
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M., & Shaw, J. (2010). Australia, Climate Change and the Sea Change. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 6(1), 67-80.
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M., & Hill, R. (2010). Australian Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity. Social Alternatives, 29(3), 13-19.
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M., & Shaw, J. R. (2010). Australia, Climate Change and the Sea Change Phenomenon. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, 6(1), 67-80.
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M. (2009). Teaching Social Sustainability. The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, 16(1), 359-372.
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M. (2009). A Guugu Yimmithir Bam Wii: Ngawiya and Girrbithi: Hunting, planning and management along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Geoforum, 40(3), 442-453.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS22
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M., & Rist, P. (2009). Co-management and protected area management: Achieving effective management of a contested site, lessons from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA). Marine Policy, 33(1), 118-127.
    DOI Scopus64 WoS63
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M., Wallis, A., & Rist, P. (2009). Having a yarn: The importance of appropriate engagement and participation in the development of Indigenous driven environmental policy, Queensland, Australia. Indigenous Policy Journal, 20(3), online-22.
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M. (2009). Teaching social sustainability: From adjective to verb. International Journal of Learning, 16(1), 360-372.
    Nursey-Bray, M. (n.d.). Gaia Hypothesis.
    Nursey-Bray, M. (n.d.). Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs).
    Nursey-Bray, M. (n.d.). Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
    Nursey-Bray, M. (n.d.). Sea Level, Rising.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Climate Action Network.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Nongovernmental Organizations.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Refugees, Environmental and Climate.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Social Ecology.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Adaptation.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Friends of the Earth.
    Nursey-Bray, M. J. (n.d.). Global Warming, Impacts of.
    Nursey-Bray, D. M. (n.d.). Place and pandemics – reflections on the role of geography. South Australian Geographical Journal, 116(1), 1.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2008 Nursey-Bray, M., & Palmer, R. (2008). Walk the talk : strengthening indigenous participation in the management of Australia’s oceans. Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller.
    2008 Nursey-Bray, M. (2008). Socially just conservation : towards collaborative hunting management of green turtles and dugongs in the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area, Australia. Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller.
    2007 Nursey-Bray, M., Attwater, C., Witte, E., & Stute, E. (2007). Climate change and coastal management: a literature review. Tasmania, Australia.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Atampugre, G., Nursey-Bray, M., & Rudd, D. (2021). Micro-level dynamics of climate risks adaptation in a semi-arid agroecology. In W. Leal Fihlo (Ed.), Handbook of Climate Change Management (pp. 1-28). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
    2021 Nursey-Bray, M., & Muecke, S. (2021). Paying attention to the spaces in between: the social production of space and Indigenous presence in cities. In R. Bartel, & J. Carter (Eds.), Handbook on Space, Place and Law (1 ed., pp. 196-207). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
    2021 Kidane, R., Wanner, T., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2021). Understanding the Climatic and Non-climatic Drivers of Livelihood Vulnerability in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. In Climate Change Management (pp. 279-296). Springer International Publishing.
    2020 Nursey-Bray, M. J. (2020). Community Engagement: What Is It?. In D. Hes, & C. Hernandez-Smith (Eds.), Placemaking Fundamentals for the Built Environment (pp. 83-105). Singapore: Palgrave McMillan.
    2020 Feng, H., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2020). Adaptation by herders on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in response to climate change and policy refroms: the implications for carbon sequestration and livelihoods. In Z. Shang, A. Degen, M. Rafiq, & V. Squires (Eds.), Carbon Management for Promoting Local Livelihood in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region (pp. 281-297). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
    2020 Nursey-Bray, M. J. (2020). The ART of engagement placemaking for nature and people in cities. In D. Hes, & C. Hernandez-Santin (Eds.), Placemaking Fundamentals for the Built Environment (pp. 305-326). Singapore: Palgrave McMillan.
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M. (2019). Moving with Mobiles – Using IT in the Classroom as Against Online: Comparative Reflection from South Australia. In A. Zhang (Ed.), Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (pp. 741-751). Springer-Verlang.
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M. J., & Palmer, R. (2019). Adapting to Change: A reflective history of an online graduate certificate and its implications for teaching geography. In A. Zhang (Ed.), Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (pp. 15 pages). Online: Springer-Verlag.
    2019 Nursey-Bray, M. (2019). Mobiles, Online Learning, and the Small Group Discovery Classroom: Reflections from South Australia. In Y. A. Zhang, & D. Cristol (Eds.), Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (pp. 977-990). Singapore: Springer Nature.
    2018 Nursey-Bray, M., & Beer, A. (2018). Urban Planning and Indigenous Peoples. In N. Snipe, & K. Vella (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Urban and Regional Planning (1st ed., pp. 16 pages). Online: Routledge.
    2017 Nursey-Bray, M., Nicholls, R., Vince, J., Harvey, N., & Day, S. (2017). Public participation, coastal management and climate change adaptation. In D. Green, & J. Payne (Eds.), Marine and Coastal Resource Management: Principles and Practice (pp. 223-239). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M. (2015). Moving with mobiles: using IT in the classroom as against online: a comparative reflection from South Australia. In A. Zhang (Ed.), Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (1 ed., pp. 741-751). Berlin: Springer.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M., Fergie, D., Arbon, V., Rigney, L., Palmer, R., Tibby, J., . . . Stuart, A. (2015). Indigenous adaptation to climate change: the Arabana. In J. Palutikof, S. Boulter, J. Barnett, & D. Rissik (Eds.), Applied studies in climate adaptation (Vol. 9781118845011, 1 ed., pp. 316-325). West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.
    DOI Scopus2
    2015 Nicholls, R., Dawson, R., Day, S., Walker, D., Mimura, N., Nursey-Bray, M., . . . Zanuttigh, B. (2015). International opportunities for broad scale coastal simulation. In R. Nicholls, R. Dawson, & S. Day (Eds.), Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium (Vol. 49, 1 ed., pp. 325-347). Dordrecht: Springer.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M. (2015). Gender, governance, and climate change adaptation. In Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation (pp. 1077-1090). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
    DOI Scopus2
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M. (2015). Moving with Mobiles: Using IT in the Classroom as Against Online: A Comparative Reflection from South Australia. In Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (pp. 1-9). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
    2014 Nursey-Bray, M. (2014). Gender, governance and climate change adaptation. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Handbook of climate change adaptation (Online ed., pp. 1-13). Germany: Springer.
    2013 Nursey-Bray, M., & Harvey, N. (2013). Bridging the science-policy divide in the coastal zone: is there a role for learning processes?. In E. Moksness, E. Dahl, & J. Stottrup (Eds.), Global challenges in integrated coastal zone management (pp. 218-228). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.
    DOI Scopus3
    2012 Myers, S., Thomsen, D., Tarte, D., Dutra, L., Ellis, N., Thebaud, O., . . . Smith, T. (2012). Adaptive learning and coastal management in South-east Queensland, Australia. In R. Kenchington, L. Stocker, & D. Wood (Eds.), Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia (1 ed., pp. 157-176). Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
    2012 Nursey-Bray, M., & Miller, A. (2012). Ports and climate change: building skills in climate change adaptation, Australia. In W. Filho (Ed.), Climate Change and the Sustainable Use of Water Resources (1 ed., pp. 273-282). Germany: Springer.
    DOI Scopus6
    2012 Nursey-Bray, M. J., & Table, M. (2012). Observed and projected changes in some climate change observations and their likely impact on the port sector. In Dowling, A. Carew, & R. Hadgraft (Eds.), Engineering Your Future (2nd ed., pp. 672).
    2011 Nursey-Bray, M. (2011). Indigenous Peoples, Marine Protected Areas and Ecologically Sustainable Development. In W. Gullett, C. Schofield, & J. Vince (Eds.), Marine Resources Management (1 ed., pp. 239-251). Australia: Reed International Books Australia.
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M., & Ferrier, T. (2009). Risk assessment and local government, Tasmania: Applying an interdisciplinary approach to climate change adaptation. In Interdisciplinary aspects of climate change, 2009 (pp. 245-263). Peter Lang.
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M. (2009). Climate change, coastal communities and governance: developing solutions for change in Australia. In E. Dahl, E. Moksness, & J. Stottrup (Eds.), Integrated Coastal Zone Management (pp. 306-317). United Kingdom: Wiley.
    DOI Scopus2
    2009 Nursey-Bray, M. (2009). Australia at a discursive crossroads: Climate change and foreign policy. In Climate Change and Foreign Policy: Case Studies from East to West (pp. 18-35). Routledge.
    DOI Scopus1
    2007 Smajgl, A., Nursey-Bray, M., Vella, K., & Herr, A. (2007). Building Institutional Incentives in Dying Communities. In A. Smajgl, & S. Larson (Eds.), Sustainable resource use: institutional dynamics and economics (pp. 220-239). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
    2006 Anderson, K., & Spahni, P. (2006). Globalization. In Oxford companion to wine, 2006 (pp. 316-317). Oxford University Press.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2015 Ricci, M., Nursey-Bray, M., de Zwart, M., & Wilkinson, K. (2015). MOOCs: the AdelaideX experience. In Proceedings of the Higher Education Research Group Adelaide. Adelaide.
    2010 Nursey-Bray, M., & Miller, A. (2010). Reconciling needs; Ports and Climate Change. In Proceedings of Klima 2010 (pp. 1-10). Online: Hamburg University of Applied Science.
    2009 Smith, T F., Carter, RW., Thomsen, DC., Mayes, G., Nursey-Bray, M., G Whisson., . . . O'Toole, K. (2009). Enhancing science Impact in the coastal zone through adaptive learning. In Journal of Coastal Research Vol. SI 56 (pp. 1306-1310). Portugal: Coastal Education and Research Foundation.
    Scopus11 WoS10
    2008 Nursey-Bray, M. (2008). E+S=DM: using science to teach social science and build critical thinking skills. In Proceedings of the 7th Teaching Matters Conference,UTAS, Tasmania. (pp. 0 pages). Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
    2008 Nursey-Bray, M. (2008). Sustaining interest: teaching sustainability. In Exploring Teaching Possibilities for Practice, Proceedings of the 7th Teaching Matters Annual Conference, Vol 2 (pp. 1-11). on-line: UTAS.
    2008 Nursey-Bray, M. (2008). Inter-disciplinarity as a tool for action on climate change: Applying social science methodology to climate change initiatives within local government, Australia. In Proceedings of the The Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as published in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Vol. 2 (pp. 93-106). University of Granada, SPAIN: Common Ground Publishing.
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  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Future, E. A. (2021). Sustainable Oceans and Coasts National Strategy 2021-2030. Canberra.
    2021 National Academy of Sciences. (2021). The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world.
    2019 Tanner, J., Bailleul, F., Bryars, S., Doubell, M., Foster, N., Gaylard, S., . . . Ward, T. (2019). Potential social, economic and ecological indicators for integrated ecosystem assessment of Spencer Gulf (19/32). Adelaide, South Australia.
    2019 Reinhold, S. -L., Hemming, S., Holland, S., Nursey-Bray, M., Rogers, P., & Sutherland, L. (2019). Marine Sciences and Meeting Indigenous Research Priorities Workshop (978-0-646-80061-5).
    2019 Goldsworthy, S., Bailleul, F., Nursey-Bray, M., Mackay, A., Oxley, A., Reinhold, S. -L., & Shaughnessy, P. (2019). Assessment of the impacts of seal populations on the seafood industry in South Australia (FRDC Assessment of the impacts of seal populations on the seafood industry in South Australia). Australian Capital Territory: Fisheries and Research Development Corporation and South Australian Research and Development Institute.
    2017 Nursey-Bray, M. J., Bicknell, N., Sullivan, A., Magnusson, A., Morisson, J., & Magnusson, M. (2017). Isolating social and economic objectives within multiple stakeholder fisheries: a case study of the South Australian Marine Scale Fishery (2015-2020). Australian Capital Territory: FRDC.
    2015 Jorgensen, B., Martin, J., & Nursey-Bray, M. J. (2015). Women, executive careers and local government (2014.38). Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Adelaide.
    2015 Nursey-Bray, M. J., & Arabana Aboriginal Corporation. (2015). The Arabana people, water and developing cultural indicators for country (15/29). Adelaide: Goyder Institute for Water Research.
    2013 Nursey-Bray, M., Fergie, D., Arbon, V., Rigney, L., Palmer, R., Tibby, J., . . . Hackworth, L. (2013). Community based adaptation to climate change: The Arabana, South Australia (92/13). Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Date Project Name/ Number Investigators Funding Body Amount
2021 Wellbeing in regions Nursey-Bray, M Legatus Group  $15,000
2021 Normalising climate change communications for coastal communities, Victoria Nursey-Bray, M Coast ans Marine Planning Group, State Government, Victoria $7500
2021 Southern Remarkable Tourism Project Nursey-Bray, M Legatus group  $15,000
2020 - 2022 Finding the Fab Five! Enhancing community values and marine protected areas Nursey-Bray, M, Gillanders, B., Lange, J Commonwealth government, MPA Program $278,000
2020 Reconciliation in Regions Nursey-Bray, M Legatus Group $15,000
2019 Youth Volunteering in regions Nursey-Bray, M Legatus Group $16,000
2018 Social Impact Assessment, Indigenous Supermarkets Alice Springs Nursey-Bray, M BDO Consulting $15,000
2018 More than providing a microphone: Establishing a research cluster for public engagement with STEM research and policy Ankeny R; Braunack-Mayer A; Bray H; Brown H; Burton R; Conduit J; Falkner K; Grutzner F; Michell D; Musgrave I, Nursey-Bray, M, Plewa, C and Street, J FND000166: University of Adelaide - Interdisciplinary Research Funding Scheme $65,000
2018 Humanitarian Emergencies in a Digital World: big data, human networks and the role of situational awareness Skuse A; Nursey-Bray M; Kakare C; Birzer C; Brown H; Szabo C FND000166: University of Adelaide - Interdisciplinary Research Funding Scheme $30,000
2017- 2019 Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism Program Kellett J; Palazzo E; Worrall J; Nursey-Bray M Myers Foundation $132,000
2017- 2019 Goyder Project HE 17 01: Socio ecological assessment of the ecosystems, industries and communities of Spencer Gulf B. Gillanders, P. Cassey & M. Nursey-Bray Goyder Institute $300,000
2017- 2018 Social Impact Assessment, Sea Port, Kangaroo Island Nursey-Bray, M Environmental Projects $27,000
2017- 2018 Academic Plane Travel M Nursey-Bray, R Palmer, T Wanner, C Birzer Ecoversity (UoA) $13,000
2016- 2018 Developing social indicators to improve social license to operate for the Marine Scale fishery Nursey-Bray, M. & Bicknell, N FRDC $52,000
2015- current William and Mary College, Teaching Sustainability Nursey-Bray, M Environmental Projects $27,000 annually
2015- 2017 Climate Change Adaption Research Network (Vulnerable communities including human health) Bi,P., Hanson-Easy, S., Nitscke, M.  Nursey-Bray, M., Pisaniello, D., Tan, Y., Weinstein, P., Zhanh, Y., Hansen, A & Williams, S ORG119308: NCCARF Research Network $300,000
2015- 2017 NCCARF SEI Project Nursey-Bray, M NCCARF SEI  $365,000
2015 Application of tracking technologies to understand space-time explicit patterns of movement, residency and habitat use of pelagic sharks in Spencer Gulf Nursey-Bray, M FRDC $23,000
2014- 2015 Assessing perception of the economic impact of seal-fisher interactions Nursey-Bray, M FRDC $20,000
2014- 2015 Women in Leadership Project Martin, J., Jorgensen, B & Nursey-Bray, M Local Government Association, SA $35,000
2014- 2015 Task 3: Cultural Indicators Project Goyder Lewis, M., White, D. & Nursey-Bray, M SARDI/Goyder Institute $366,581
2014 AW NRM Grant Nursey-Bray, M AW NRM Grant $20,000
2014 FRAGS Community Gardens Nursey-Bray, M, Ankeny, R, Rudd & Bray, H University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $4,500
2014 FRAGS Adaptive Capacity Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $4,500
2014 Teaching and Learning Grant: Developing Online Excel Training for Globalisation Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $2,500
2013- 2015 USC/APN Project on co-management and adaptive capacity (fisheries) Fidelman, P, & Nursey-Bray, M Asia/Pacific Network for Global Research $50,000
2013 SANTS evaluation contract Nursey-Bray, M SANTS $5,000
2013 Subcontract-Eyes-on-the-water:Inspiring Australians through participation in science-A123926 Nursey-Bray, M Inspiring Australia $25,000
2013 Coastal Fisheries Workshop, Vietnamese Officials Nursey-Bray, M University of Sunshine Coast $2,000
2012- 2013

India-Australia Strategic Research Grant

Frusher, S., Hobday, A., Van Putten, I., Pecl, G., Haward, M. & Nursey-Bray, M India-Australia Strategic Grant Scheme $120,000
2012 Local Government Workshops on climate change adaptation /vulnerability for the Mount Lofty NRM Board (internal) Clarke, B. and Nursey-Bray, M ML NRM $10,000
2012 External masters supervision (requested engineering) Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences $3,000
2012 Hosting/coordination of social inclusion and climate change workshop, for Professor Carol Johnson (Politics) Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $5,000
2012 Fay Gale monies for leading theme activities Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $1,000
2012 White paper prize Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $500
2012 Bottom Drawer Fellowship Fay Gale Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $1,000
2011- 2013 NCCARF Climate Change Arabana project Nursey-Bray, M, Fergie, D., Arbon, V., Rigney, L., Tibby, J., Palmer, R., & Harvey. N.


2011- 2012 Winter schools transfers (Internal) Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $11,000
2011 UTAS consultancy (delivering block course for UTAS) (external) Nursey-Bray, M University of Tasmania, AMC $7,100
2010- 2014 CSIRO Coastal Cluster project: I was listed PI in the knowledge (UTAS) and adaptive learning (USC) themes (Cat 1) Nursey-Bray, M 40 researchers across five universities CSIRO

$4,000,000 across Australia

2010 Final payment for the DCCE Climate Change Project (External) Nursey-Bray, M UTAS/DCC $30,000
2010 UTAS consultancy (delivering block course for UTAS) (external) Nursey-Bray, M UTAS $7,100
2010 FRAGS Grant on community vulnerability Nursey-Bray, M University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts $5,000


Date Course Title Course Level / Code
  Introduction to Geography, Environment and Population Level 1, GEOG 1104
  Geographies of Globalisation Level 1, GEOG 1101
  Environmental Ethics Level 2, GEOG 2156
  Space and Society Level 2, GEOG 269
  Indigenous Peoples and The Environment Level 2, GEOG 2150
  Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Level 3, GEOG 3921
  Coasts, Conflict and Community Development Level 3, GEOG 2159
  Introduction to Urbanisation Masters, GEOG 5093
  Engaging Communities/Community Engagement Masters, GEOG 5095/ GEOG 5005


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Nature in the city: meanings and ways forward.
    An exploration of nature connection for health and wellbeing.
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Celeste Kylie Hill
    2020 Co-Supervisor Valuing non-market environmental goods: a study on the particulate matter caused by Adani's Carmichael mine using the contingency valuation method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Laura Anne Cattonar
    2020 Principal Supervisor Exploring Co-management as a Reconciliation Process: a Case Study of South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ariane Sophia Gienger
    2019 Principal Supervisor The human-nature relationship: understanding modes of (re/dis) connections with nature in rural and urban areas in Germany Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Vera Theresa Storp
    2019 Principal Supervisor Towards Fair and Equitable Climate Change Adaptation: Perspectives in Indigenous Communities in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Daisy Ofori
    2019 Principal Supervisor Marriage of Necessity: the Nexus Between Climate Change and Urban Resilience Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr George Babington Amegavi
    2018 Principal Supervisor Climate Finance in Wetland Areas of Bangladesh: Mechanisms, Impacts and Effectiveness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Syed Mohammad Aminur Rahman
    2015 Principal Supervisor Co-ordinating Adaptation to Climate Change: Building an adaptive governance framework for Strengthening the roles of institutional actors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Barry Garth Lincoln
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor State Power and Environmental NGOs in South Australia: Moving Towards a Sustainable Society? Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Meagan Rosaghna Magnusson
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Mining, Power and Sustainable Development: Micro-Politics of Benefits Sharing in Ghana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jerome Jeffison Yaw Ofori
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Exploring the Nexus Between Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Regulatory Oversight in Ghana's Upstream Petroleum Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Derrick Martin Adjei Sowa
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Grassroots Social Resistance Movements: The Influence of Conflict Narratives in Relation to Mining Policy Development in Australia and the United Kingdom Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Bridie Meyer-McLean
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Through NGO-Initiated Community-Based Adaptation: Insights from Southeast Coastal Communities in Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Masud Kamal
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Smallholder Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Change, Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Context of Multiple Factors in the Tigray region of Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rahwa Gebremedhine Kidane
    2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Migration from South Africa to Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Romy Wasserman
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Climate Variability and Farm-households in the Sudan Savannah Zone of Ghana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gerald Atampugre
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Gender Vulnerability to Climate Change and Livelihood Security in Urban Slum Communities in Accra, Ghana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mensah Owusu
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Staying on the Map: An Analysis of the Immediate Outcomes OF Amalgamation of Palestinian Local Government in the West Bank Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Majida Awashreh
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor "Challenges and opportunities for an integrated coastal management (ICM) approach in Jakarta Bay, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Evi Siti Sofiyah
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Management of Reef-Based Scuba Dive Tourism: A Case Study of Koh Tao, Thailand Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Panwad Wongthong
    2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Risky Environments: Governance and Adaptation for Future Flood Risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Rhiannon Niven
    2010 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Challenges for Integrated Coastal Management in the Australian Federation Understanding Intergovernmental Tension: A Case Study of South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nicole Sheree Pelton
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Stretton Institute Advisory Board University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - 2021 Member The Wilderness Society Management Board The Wilderness Society Australia
    2016 - ongoing Council Royal Geographical Society of South Australia RGSA Australia
    2013 - 2013 Board Member Conservation Council of South Australia CCSA Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - 2022 Chair Animal Ethics Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Ocean and Coasts Expert Working Group Future earth, National Academy of Sciences Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Sustainability Advisory Committee Legatus Group, South Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Board Member South West Marine Park Management Committee Commonwealth Government Department of Environment, Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member State of Victoria Marine and Coastal Advisory Committee State Government of Victoria, Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member University Enrolment Policy Working Group University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Marine Biosecurity Forum SA Deprtament of Primary Industries Australia
    2018 - 2018 Member Faculty of Arts Research Committee, Social Sciences Representative University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing Director SA Board, The Wilderness Society Wilderness Society Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Marine Biosecurity Taskforce Collaboration across States Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member World Commission Protected Areas UNWCPA Belgium
    2016 - ongoing Member College of Reviewers Teaching and Learning University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Executive Committee, NCCARF Vulnerable Communiites Network University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member School of Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Advisory Board, Masters of Planning University of Adelaide Austria
    2013 - ongoing Chair REDMAP Communiyt Engagement Committee University of Tasmania Australia
    2013 - 2013 Member Management Board Conservation Council of South Australia
    2011 - 2013 Member Management Committee Australia HERDSA Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Director Adaptation, Community, Environment (ACE) Research Group Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Regional Stiudies Association Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Royal Geographical Society Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Institute of Australian Geographers Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2016 - ongoing Other Environmental Conservation Measures (OECMs) Taskforce IUCN Conservation and environment Switzerland
    2015 - 2016 Oxfam Environment/Indigenous section Civil rights activities Australia
    2015 - 2016 Griffith University NCCARF Conservation and environment Australia
    2010 - ongoing World Conservation Protecetd Areas (WCPA) WCPA Conservation and environment Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor Sustainability MDPI Publishing Australia
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor Australian Journal of Environmental Management Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2015 - ongoing Editor Royal Geographical Journal of South Australia Australia
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Helyion Australia
    2012 - ongoing Associate Editor GEOView: Online Undergraduate Review of
    Geography and Environmental Studies
    2008 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Research Practice
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - 2020 Interim Head of School, Social Sciences University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - 2022 Convenor, Animal Ethics Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - ongoing Head of Department, Geography, Environment and Population University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83133497
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor G
  • Room: G 36
  • Org Unit: Geography, Environment and Population

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