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Dr Ian Gray
BA (Geography) (Macquarie), MA (Sociology), PhD (ANU)
Position Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Location Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6933 2701
Fax 02 6933 2792
Dr Gray graduated with BA (Geography) from Macquarie University before branching out into postgraduate studies in sociology at the Australian National University, where he completed requirements for MA (Sociology) and PhD (Sociology)
Dr Gray worked in policy research for the Commonwealth Government before joining the staff of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 1989 as a Lecturer in Sociology.
Dr Gray has considerable research experience, with projects covering topics as diverse as rural communities, sustainability and transport, including a study of farm coping strategies and another on experience of drought, funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; an ethnographic study of farming practice, for the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation; a quantitative project on structural adjustment and catchment management, for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission; and a project on small-town sustainability and community capacity for environmental management, funded by the Australian Research Council.
Research and Teaching
- Regionalism and federalism - national project funded by the Australian Research Council
Subject areas Dr Gray teaches include sociology and policy studies in CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also actively involved in supervision of honours, Masters and PhD students including Lauren Forrest (FFI CRC).
- Rural communities
- Sustainable practice
Gray I and Brown AJ (2007) 'The Political Viability of Federal Reform', in Brown A.J. and Bellamy, J. (eds) Federalism and Regionalism in Australia: New Approaches, New Institutions? ANU e-Books, Canberra.
Brown AJ, Gray I and Giorgas D (2006) 'Towards a more regional federalism: rural and urban attitudes to institutions, governance and reform in Australia', Rural Society 16 (2), 283-301.
Gray I , Williams R and Phillips E (2005) 'Rural community and leadership in the management of natural resources: tensions between theory and policy', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 7 (2), 125-139.
Gray I (2005) 'Challenges to Individual and Collective Action' in Cocklin, C. and Dibden, J., (eds) Sustainability and Change in Rural Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Gray I and Sinclair P (2005) 'Local Leaders in a Global Setting: Dependency and Resistance in Regional New South Wales and Newfoundland', Sociologia Ruralis 45 (1/2), 37-52.
Gray I and Lawrence G (2001) A Future for Regional Australia: Escaping Global Misfortune , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.