Rural property turnover: trends and NRM implications


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Researcher's References

Pannell, D.J., Marshall, G.R., Barr, N., Curtis, A., Vanclay, F. and Wilkinson, R. (2006). Understanding and promoting adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 46(11): 1407-1424. [If you or your organisation subscribes to the Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture you can access the paper at: (or non-subscribers can buy a copy on-line for A$25). Otherwise, email to ask for a copy.]

Pannell, D.J., Marshall, G.R., Barr, N., Curtis, A., Vanclay, F. and Wilkinson, R. (2006). Adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders, Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues, here (summary version of above paper).

Mendham, E., and Curtis, A. (In Press). Taking over the reins: trends and impacts of changes in rural property ownership, Society and Natural Resources. PDF version

Mendham, E., Millar, J., and Curtis, A. (2007). Landholder participation in native vegetation management in irrigation areas, Ecological Management and Restoration 8(1): 42-48. PDF version

Race, D., and Curtis, A. (2007). Adoption of farm forestry in Victoria: linking policy with practice, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 14(3): 166-179. PDF version

Curtis, A., and Robertson, A. (2003). Understanding landholder management of river frontages: the Goulburn Broken. Ecological Management and Restoration 4(1): 45-54. PDF version


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About the Researcher

Prof Allan Curtis

Prof Allan Curtis

Professor, Integrated Environmental Management

Charles Sturt University

Allan's research interests include the policy and institutional arrangements supporting catchment management, understanding rural landholder adoption, watershed organisations, and the evaluation of natural resource management programs. Current projects relate to capacity building, dryland salinity, Landcare, river frontages and wetlands, farm forestry, aquaculture and provision of social data to underpin catchment management.

Recent experience has  included work exploring adaptive management, triple bottom line reporting, public perceptions of risk in quarantine and aquaculture, preparing socio-economic profiles of catchment communities, and assessments of the socio-economic impact of changes in land use (forestry) and resource access (fishing, irrigation water).

Allan has extensive experience with the range of quantitative and qualitative social research methods and is a leading practitioner of mail survey techniques. The evaluation framework he helped develop is currently being used by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for the evaluation of the Australian Government's $120 million National Landcare Program.


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