ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Jonathon Howard

Dr Jonathon Howard

Dr Jonathon Howard's research focus is centred on the social and psychological dimensions of achieving sustainable water use. He has over 10 years experience working in government in Natural Resource Management (NRM). His research career began as an extension of his previous employment with evaluations of various community programs. Over time that interest has become more focused and theoretically driven. It is now centred on the social psychology dimensions of water management with the main focus being applying concepts in justice, governance, and public administration to critically examine programs and policy. Jonathon conducts on-going research into water reform and catchment management. Other projects include mapping land holder preferences for water management incentives using GIS systems. Jonathon also has considerable practical experience in strategic management, risk assessment and governance having served on a various boards associated with NRM.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Social dimensions of achieving sustainable water use including the implications of water resource management and planning

Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Wollongong, 1986.

Graduate Diploma of Natural Resources, University of New England, 1989.

Graduate Diploma of Business Management, University of Central Queensland, 1996.

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2009


Membership of Advisory Boards

Inland Rivers Network (Board member 2015)


Selected Publications
Peer Reviewed Papers

Olivier, M., Wilson, B., & Howard, J. (2016) Determining localisation metrics. Social Indicators Research. doi: DOI 10.1007/s11205-016-1269-6

Howard, J. L. (2013) Managing the environment: the role of park rangers and the skills they need. Rural Society 22(3): 242–250

Howard J.L. (2012) Extremes in justice: how arguments are framed by conservation and farmer groups when attempting to influence water policy. Proceedings for the 6th Australian Stream Management conference.

Edney J and Howard J.L. (2012) Case Study: Wreck Diving. In Proceedings for the 6th Australian Stream Management conference.

Howard J.L. (2011) Using a virtual national park to teach workplace skills in conservation management. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.


Building Capacity to respond to climate change at a local level, PhD student Michelle Olivier, DECC. $15,000. Howard, J. (2012-2015).

Exploring the Effectiveness of Local Sustainability Strategies. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Howard, J. (2012)

Metagovernance in Regional Natural Resource Management. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Howard, J. (2012)

Investigation into the Socio-ecological System of the Murray Catchment. Murray Catchment Management Authority. Howard, J. (2012)