ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Digby Race

Dr Digby Race

Dr Digby Race is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the ILWS, and was previously a Principal Researcher in the ILWS during 2005-2010.  He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in CSU's School of Environmental Sciences, and the School of Business and Management, where he contributes to the supervision of several PhD researchers.  Digby has led several large research projects for ILWS relating to the socio-economic and policy implications of changes for regional communities and industries – both in Australia and in Asia-Pacific countries.  Digby is an experienced project leader, having managed a diverse range of projects with a combined value of over $4 million. He has also published widely on the socio-economic aspects of rural development and related issues for a range of audiences, with over 100 research reports, refereed articles, books/book chapters and conference papers.

In mid-2012, Digby was appointed as a Principal Research Leader in the CRC for Remote Economic Participation, to lead a multi-disciplinary research project to identify options to enhance the liveability for remote Australian communities given projected futures with climate change and constrained energy supplies.  Digby also continues to lead a major research project seeking to improve community forestry in Indonesia in his part-time role as an Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (appointed mid-2011), with this research principally funded by ACIAR. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, where he contributes to PhD supervision.



Bachelor of Applied Science – Environmental Horticulture, The University of Melbourne, 1988

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management, La Trobe University, 1994

Master of Applied Science, Charles Sturt University, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Australian National University, 2000


Strategic Research Areas

Improving Rural Livelihoods and Environments in Developing Countries

Social Research for Regional Natural Resource Management


Membership of Advisory Boards

Dr Race was on the Board of The Norman Wettenhall Foundation.


Peer Reviewed Papers
Wibowo, L.R., Race, D.H., and Curtis, A.L. (2013) Policy under pressure: policy analysis of community-based forest management in Indonesia. International Forestry Review, vol. 15 (3): 398-405

Race, D
., Curtis, A., & Sample,R (2012): Restoring the bush on private land:
perspectives of landholders in Victoria, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management,

Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Program (CERF Landscape Logic): Project 2: social research. Prof Allan Curtis, Dr Digby Race, Wendy Minato, Rik Thwaites, Maureen Rogers, Nicki Mazur, Simon McDonald, Royce Sample, Michael Mitchell. (2007-2011) Department of Environment and Water. Total funding $725,000. [Summary Sheet PDF]

Landscape-scale conservation of threatened grassy woodlands in the Greater Murray-Goulburn Catchment. North East Catchment Management Authority. Prof Allan Curtis, Dr Digby Race. (2011). $34,650.