ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Linda Wirf

Linda WirfTopic

Beyond adoption: gendered knowledges in agriculture innovation in Australia


Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Catherine Allan,

Co-Supervisors: Dr Hanabeth Luke (Southern Cross University), Dr Sarina Kilham (CSU)


Linda commenced her PhD as part of the Soil CRC, in November 2020.  She is investigating the role of gendered knowledges in environmental management and agriculture innovation, focussing on women in agriculture innovation in Australia.

Prior to this, Linda spent most of her adult life living in rural Darwin and whilst her children were young, followed a career in textile arts, which she still enjoys as a recreational pursuit. Commencing her academic career later in life,

Linda completed a Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies at Charles Darwin University in 2000, followed by a Master degree in Tropical Environmental Management, working with Anmatyerre women in central Australia on gendered knowledges in water allocation processes (2005). Now living in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Linda’s PhD research is looking at gendered knowledges in farming practice in Australia; “the literature shows that women farmers, and men farmers, have different knowledges and perspectives on issues such as land management, environmental concerns and sustainable agriculture”, she explains. “As a result of historical patriarchal structures in agriculture, as well as gender role stereotyping women, farmers are often invisible or excluded from agriculture outreach and knowledge sharing”. Linda plans to use a qualitative social research approach to explore the differences between, and complementarity of female and male farmers and the implications for practice change of not including female farmers’ knowledges in agriculture outreach. She is looking forward to starting her fieldwork in 2022.


Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Charles Darwin University, 2000

Masters Tropical Environmental Management, Charles Darwin University, 2005

Research Theme

Rural and Regional Communities


September 2021