School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - 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 Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
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.
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
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)
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 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|
|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|
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.||
NCCARF IC11 08
|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 2021 Principal Supervisor The Politics of Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Determination in Australia: Comparing Conceptions & Identifying Barriers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Samuel David Wall 2020 Principal Supervisor Indigenous Rights and Global Environmental Governance: Maximising the Role and Agency of Inuit Circumpolar Council in International Negotiations Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Simone Matthews 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 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 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 Co-Supervisor Environmental Change of Lakes in New Zealand Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Julia Elizabeth Short 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 - 2016 Co-Supervisor ARTISAN FISHERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF, AND ADAPTATION TO, CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF BANGLADESH Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Zaheed Hasan 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
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
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
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
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
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
— Australia 2008 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Research Practice — —
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
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