Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Emily Mendham

Dr Emily Mendham

BAppSc (CSU), BAppSc(Hons) (CSU). PhD (CSU)

Dr Emily Mendham's PhD, "Changes in rural property ownership: Challenges and opportunities for natural resource management" explored the implications of changing property ownership for the management of private rural land. Her research predicted unprecedented rates of rural property ownership change in the coming decades, and demonstrated the extent of variation in 'landscape types' in rural areas.

In 2009, Dr Mendham began work as a post-doctoral fellow in social science at CSIRO, working within the Climate Adaptation and Energy Transformed Flagships. In 2011, Dr Mendham returned to Charles Sturt University to work with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training in the Integrating Socio-economics, Policy and Decision Support Program.

Dr Mendham's current research is focused on exploring the contribution of human and social capital to natural resource management, exploring social acceptability, integrating social data with biophysical data to enhance decision making and support catchment management, and the evaluation of natural resource management programs.

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  • Wimmera Catchment Management Authority: Social research to support evaluation of WCMA implementation of regional delivery program. (2014-2018). With Professor Allan Curtis.
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority: Social acceptability of environmental watering in Gunbower Island. (2014-2018). With Professor Allan Curtis.
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority: North Central Social Benchmarking Study. (2013/2014). With Professor Allan Curtis.

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Dr Mendham's research interests are in the social dimensions of natural resource management, including interpretation of the driving forces and implications of changes in the ownership, use and management of private rural land; landholder risk interpretation; landholder adoption of sustainable agricultural and conservation practices; and landholder decision making over the longer-term.

Emily has a passion for rural and regional Australia. She enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, cycling and exploring hidden gems across rural Australia.

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Mendham E and Curtis A (2014). What lies beneath: rural landholder interpretation of the risks of aquifer exploitation in Australia. Journal of Hydrology 511, 180-189.

Groth T, Curtis A, Mendham E and Toman E (2014). Farmer identity in multifunctional landscapes: using a collective identity construct to explore the nature and impact of occupational identity. Australian Geographer 45 (1), 71-86.

Sinclair K, Curtis A, Mendham E and Mitchell M (2014). Can resilience thinking provide useful insights for those examining efforts to transform contemporary agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values. DOI 10.1007/s10460-014-9488-4. [online]

Mitchell M, Curtis A, Sharp E and Mendham E (2012). Directions for social research to underpin improved groundwater management. Journal of Hydrology 448-449, 223-231.

Mendham E and Curtis A (2010). Taking over the reins: trends and impacts of changes in rural property ownership. Society and Natural Resources 23(7), 653-668.

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