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The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability provides a platform for collaborative, inter-disciplinary work across the School of Management and Governance, all schools within Murdoch University and outside institutions. The Centre seeks to advance teaching and research in areas that are at the heart of key global challenges and relevant to future university graduates and society at large.

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  • be an outward-facing and socially relevant organisation that engages with the communities it wishes to serve;
  • engage in high quality teaching and research to shape new thinking and practice on key aspects of responsible citizenship and sustainability; and
  • create an environment that is conducive to collaboration and promotes the development of research students and early career scholars.

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Upcoming Research Semiar

 Updated: 19 November 2015

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Governing for Climate Change in the Western Australian Wheatbelt: A Dialogue

Presenter: Neville Ellis

Date: 3 December 2015

Time: 12.30-1.30 pm

Venue: TBA

Abstract: The Western Australian Wheatbelt is a vast agricultural region experiencing significant climate change. Since the 1970s, the once stable regional climate profile has become increasingly variable, drier and inimical to consistent and profitable agricultural production. It will be demonstrated that these climatic changes and their interaction with other environmental, economic and social drivers of change, are eliciting significant transformations in the socio-economic structure of the Wheatbelt (conceived here as a large socio-ecological system) and in the character of ‘family farming’. As climate risks mount, however, and the long-term viability of broadacre family farming becomes less certain (particularly in the Eastern wheatbelt), difficult questions arise regarding the governance of agricultural regions ‘doubly exposed’ to worsening environmental change and globalised market risk.

In this presentation, Neville Ellis will deliver results from a ‘resilience analysis’ undertaken as part of his PhD research which investigated these themes in relation to farmers’ sense of place and mental health. Following this, the talk will open a dialogue with audience members which will focus on what role State and Federal governments can and should play in the governance of agricultural regions experiencing seemingly intractable environmental, economic and social decline. The themes addressed in this talk will resonate with those working on complex governance and policy problems located at the intersection of environment, economy and community.

Speaker Bio: Neville Ellis is a recently submitted PhD Candidate with the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability located within Murdoch University’s School of Management and Governance. He is a transdisciplinary thinker interested in relationships between people and place, the mental health impacts of a changing climate, and the resilience of socio-ecological systems. Neville hopes to continue to further his research skills and to meet like-minded people working at the intersection of people, place and health.

Enquiries to: crcs@murdoch.edu.au

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