Dr Digby Race

Profile

Qualifications

B.App.Sci (Melb), M.App.Sci. (CSU), PhD (ANU)

Biography

Over the past decade, I have led several large research projects related to the socio-economic and policy implications of changes for regional communities and industries – both in Australia and in Asia-Pacific countries (including the current projects listed above). I'm an experienced project leader, having managed a diverse range of projects with a combined value of over $4 million. I've 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 recognition of my expertise, I'm currently an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) and the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University, where I contribute to PhD supervision. I've thrice been awarded an Erskine Fellowship to undertake research and post-graduate teaching at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Forestry Institute, University of Oxford (UK) in 1999.  

I am also periodically contracted by various organisations as a Senior Consultant to evaluate national and regional environmental programs. I have facilitated workshops and training forums that focus on capacity building of rural communities and organisations, conflict management, and developing mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and companies, and have worked throughout Australia and in Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea and South Africa during the past decade.

Research

Research interests

Digby’s current research is focused on understanding:

  • socio-economic dimensions of community forestry in Indonesia, in particular how smallholders (farmers) can enhance the benefits from engaging in commercial forestry. This is collaborative research with FORDA, CIFOR, University of Gadjah Mada, WWF and other partners in Indonesia and Australia, with funding from ACIAR (ACIAR Project FST/2008/030);
  • adaptation pathways for remote Australian communities that take account of climate change, changing energy needs and opportunities for ‘carbon’ trading. This research is undertaken in my role as Principal Research Leader with the CSIRO and the CRC for Remote Economic Participation (www.crc-rep.com).

My research interests also cover a broader suite of topics with my supervision of PhD scholars, with their topics related to policy instruments to optimize natural resource management, and community forestry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Digby has led several large research projects relating to the socio-economic and policy implications of changes for regional communities and industries – both in Australia and in Asia-Pacific countries (including current projects listed above). 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 recognition of his expertise, Digby is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) and the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University, where he contributes to PhD supervision. He has thrice been awarded an Erskine Fellowship to undertake research and post-graduate teaching at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Forestry Institute – University of Oxford (UK) in 1999.  

Digby is also periodically contracted by various organisations as a Senior Consultant to evaluate national and regional environmental programs. He also facilitates workshops and training forums that focus on capacity building of rural communities and organisations, conflict management, and developing mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and companies, and has worked throughout Australia and in Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea and South Africa during the past decade.

 

Publications

Wibowo, L.R., Race, D.H. & Curtis, A.L. (in press) Policy under pressure: policy analysis of community-based forest management in Indonesia. International Forestry Review (accepted June 2013).

Race, D. & Curtis, A. (2013) Reflections on the effectiveness of market-based instruments to secure long-term environmental gains in south-east Australia. Accepted by Society & Natural Resources (published online 6 May 2013).

Race, D., Curtis, A. & Sample, R. (2012) Restoring the bush on private land: Perspectives of landholders in Victoria. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 19 (4): 227-240.

Curtis, A. & Race, D. (2012). Management of Tasmania’s riparian zones by rural landholders (Chapter 6). In E. Lefroy, Curtis, A., Jakeman, A. & McKee, J. (eds) Landscape Logic: Integrated science for landscape management. CSIRO publications, pp: 69-81.

Race, D., Curtis, A., Kyle, G., Merritt, W. & Park, G. (2012). Exploring landscape history through integrated participatory research: experiences from Victoria (Chapter 11). In E. Lefroy, Curtis, A., Jakeman, A. & McKee, J. (eds) Landscape Logic: Integrated science for landscape management. CSIRO publications, pp: 145-156.

Photakoun, V, Millar, J. & Race, D. (2012) Factors influencing capacity building for livestock development in Lao PDR: strategies to improve outcomes for upland rural development. Journal of Mekong Societies, 8 (1): 1-8.

Stewart, H.T.L., Race, D.H. & Curtis, A.L. (2011) New forests in changing landscapes in south-east Australia. International Forestry Review, 13 (1): 67-79.

Stewart, H.T.L., Race, D.H., Curtis, A.L. & Stewart, A.J.K. (2011) A case study of socio-economic returns from farm forestry and agriculture in south east Australia during 1993-2007. Forest Policy & Economics, 13: 390-395.

Duncan, D.H., Kyle, G. & Race, D. (2010). Combining facilitated dialogue and spatial data analysis to compile landscape history. Environmental Conservation, 37 (4): 432-441.

Photakoun V. Millar, J. and Race, D. (2010). Evaluating capacity building methods to strengthen livestock extension outcomes in Laos. Extension Farming Systems Journal, 5 (2) 91-100.

Luck, G., Race, D. & Black, R. (eds) (2010) Demographic change in rural Australia: Implications for society and the environment. Springer Publications, pp: 320.

Race, D., Luck, G. & Black, R. (2010) Patterns and implications of demographic change in rural landscapes (Chapter 1). In: Luck, G., Race, D. & Black, R. (eds) Demographic change in Australia and environmental implications. Springer Publications.

Stewart, H., Race, D. & Curtis, A. (2010) Demographic change and the implications for commercial forestry: Lessons from south-east Australia (Chapter 9). In: Luck, G., Race, D. & Black, R. (eds) Demographic change in Australia and environmental implications. Springer Publications.

Cresswell, H.P, Hume, I.H, Race, D, Glover, M, Wang E, Nordblom TL, and Finlayson JI (2009) Catchment Response to Farm Scale Land-Use Change: The Journey. CSIRO Land and Water Science Report 2009, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Charles Sturt University.

Race, D. (2009) Adoption of agroforestry in Australia (Chapter 19) In: I. Nuberg, B. George & R. Reid (eds) Agroforestry for Natural Resource Management. CRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity, CSIRO Press: Melbourne, pp: 323-340.

Race, D., A.R. Bisjoe, R. Hakim, N. Hayati, Julmansyah, A. Kadir, Kurniawan, P. Kusumedi, A.A. Nawir, Nurhaedah, D.U. Perbatasari, R. Purwanti, D. Rohadi, H. Stewart, B. Sumirat and A. Suwarno (2009) Partnerships for involving small-scale growers in commercial forestry: Lessons from Australia and Indonesia. International Forestry Review, 11 (1): 87-95.

Race, D. & Curtis, A. (2009) Building long-term commitment by landholders to conservation: Characteristics of successful programs. Presented at the 18th International MODSIM Conference, July 2009. Cairns, QLD (article peer-reviewed).

Race, D. and Stewart, H. (eds) (2008) Proceedings of the Australian Forest Growers National Conference: Albury-Wodonga 2008. Published by the Australian Forest Growers, ACT. pp. 220.

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