Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff

BEc, BSc (Hons) PhD (ANU)
Associate Director (Staff Development)

Lorrae van Kerkhoff is an Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, where she convenes the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability degree program, and teaches first, second and third year undergraduates, as well as supervising graduate students. She holds a PhD from ANU and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health from 2003-2008, and spent 2004-5 with Harvard's Center for International Development, supported by a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellowship and a Land and Water Australia Travelling Fellowship. While there she worked on the concept of knowledge systems for sustainability, and now focuses her research on knowledge governance and its relationship to social-ecological change. Her work brings together concepts from Science and Technology Studies with Sustainability Science. She has published extensively on integrative and transdisciplinary research concepts and methods, and recently on knowledge governance and 'future-oriented' approaches to conservation.

Research interests

Lorrae's research and teaching interests include qualitative and integrative research methods, particularly as they contribute to decision-making and action in the arenas of sustainability and global health. She is particularly interested in the role of science in governance, decision-and policy-making as it relates to sustainability; north-south research collaborations; and institutional influences on the governance of knowledge. Lorrae is currently an Associate Editor for Enviornmental Science and Policy, and on the editorial board for the journal Challenges in Sustainability.

  • O'Connor, R, Nel, J, Roux, D et al. 2021, 'The role of environmental managers in knowledge co-production: Insights from two case studies', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 116, pp. 188-195.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L, Munera Roldan, C, Dudley, N et al 2019, 'Towards future-oriented conservation: Managing protected areas in an era of climate change', AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, vol. 48, no. 7, pp. 699-713.
  • Munera Roldan, C & Van Kerkhoff, L 2019, 'Diversifying knowledge governance for climate adaptation in protected areas in Colombia', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 94, pp. 39-48.
  • Moon, K, Blackman, D, Adams, V et al. 2019, 'Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 294-302.
  • Wyborn, C, Datta, A, Montana, J et al 2019, 'Co-Producing Sustainability: Reordering the Governance of
    Science, Policy, and Practice', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 44, pp. 3.1-3.28.
  • West, S, Van Kerkhoff, L & Wagenaar, H 2019, 'Beyond "linking knowledge and action": towards a practice-based approach to transdisciplinary sustainability interventions', Policy Studies, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 534-555.
  • Pilbeam, V, Van Kerkhoff, L & Weir, T 2019, 'Conservation Decision-Making in Palau: An Example of the Parallel Working of Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge', Environmental Management (New York), vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 564-579pp.
  • Robson, E, Van Kerkhoff, L & Cork, S 2018, 'Understanding citizen perceptions of the Eastern Hills of Bogota: a participatory place-based ecosystem service assessment', Urban Ecosystems, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 19-35.
  • Colloff, M, Martin-Lopez, B, Lavorel, S et al. 2017, 'An integrative research framework for enabling transformative adaptation', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 68, pp. 87-96.
  • Bartlett PhD, A, Kanowski, P, Van Kerkhoff, L et al 2017, 'Identifying factors that influence the success of forestry research projects implemented in developing countries: case study results from Vietnam', Forestry, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 413-425.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Pilbeam, V 2017, 'Understanding socio-cultural dimensions of environmental decision-making: A knowledge governance approach', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 73, pp. 29-37pp.
  • Colloff, M, Lavorel, S, Van Kerkhoff, L et al 2017, 'Transforming conservation science and practice for a postnormal world', Conservation Biology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1008-1017.
  • Wyborn, C, Van Kerkhoff, L, Dunlop, M et al 2016, 'Future oriented conservation: knowledge governance, uncertainty and learning', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 1401-1408pp.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Berry, H 2016, 'Serving the public good: Empirical links between governance and research investment in the context of global environmental change', Ecological Economics, vol. 125, pp. 101-107.
  • Clark, W, Van Kerkhoff, L, Lebel, L et al 2016, 'Crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, no. 17, pp. 4570-4578.
  • Davila Cisneros, F, Sloan, T & Van Kerkhoff, L 2016, Knowledge systems and RAPID framework for impact assessments.
  • Cvitanovic, C, Hobday, A, Van Kerkhoff, L et al 2015, 'Overcoming barriers to knowledge exchange for adaptive resource management; the perspectives of Australian marine scientists', Marine Policy, vol. 52, pp. 38-44.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Lebel, L 2015, 'Coproductive capacities: rethinking science-governance relations in a diverse world', Ecology and Society, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-14.
  • Cvitanovic, C, Hobday, A, Van Kerkhoff, L et al. 2015, 'Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decisionmakers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs', Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 112, pp. 25-35.
  • Cvitanovic, C, Fulton, C, Wilson, S et al 2014, 'Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: An international case study on coral-dominated marine protected areas', Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 102, pp. 72-78.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2014, 'Developing integrative research for sustainability science through a complexity principles-based approach', Sustainability Science, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 143-155.
  • Cornell, S, Berkhout, F, Tuinstra, W et al 2013, 'Opening up knowledge systems for better responses to global environmental change', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 28, pp. 60-70.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2013, 'Knowledge Governance for Sustainable Development: A Review', Challenges in Sustainability, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 82-93.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L, Ahmad, I, Pittock, J et al 2011, 'Designing the green climate fund: How to spend $100 billion sensibly', Environment: science and policy for sustainable development, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 18-31.
  • Proctor, W, Van Kerkhoff, L & Hatfield Dodds, S 2010, 'Introduction (Integrated Mission-Directed Research)', in Wendy Proctor, Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, Steve Hatfield Dodds (ed.), Integrated Mission-Directed Research, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 1-6.
  • Proctor, W, Van Kerkhoff, L & Hatfield Dodds, S, eds, 2010, Integrated Mission-Directed Research: Experiences from Environmental and Natural Resource Management, CSIRO Publishing, Australia.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Bammer, G 2010, 'Improving integrated research: tools for analysis and learning', in Wendy Proctor, Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, Steve Hatfield Dodds (ed.), Integrated Mission-Directed Research, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 23-37.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2010, 'Global Inequalities in Research: A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Causes and Consequences', in Valerie Brown, John Harris, Jacqueline Russell (ed.), Tackling Wicked Problems: Through the Transdisciplinary Imagination, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, UK and Washington DC, USA, pp. 130-138.
  • Bammer, G, Strazdins, L, McDonald, D et al 2010, 'Expanding the deliberations about the research-policy gap: useful lessons from the literature', in Bammer, G. Michaux, A. Sanson, A. (ed.), Bridging the 'know-do' gap : knowledge brokering to improve child wellbeing, ANU ePress, Canberra, pp. 135-155.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Szlezak, N 2016, 'The role of innovative global institutions in linking knowledge and action', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, no. 17, pp. 4603-4608.
  • Pohl, C, Van Kerkhoff, L, Hirsch Hadorn, G et al 2008, 'Integration', in Hirsch Hadorn, G.; Hoffmann-Riem, H.; Biber-Klemm, S.; Grossenbacher-Mansuy, W.; (ed.), Handbook of Trandisciplinary Research, Springer, Zurich, pp. 411-426.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L, Courville, S, Bammer, G et al 2007, 'Mutual Dependence, Mutual Strength: Trust, Social Learning and Collaboration', in Stephen M. Ritchie (ed.), Research Collaboration: Relationships and Praxis, Sense Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 203-223.
  • Kueffer, C, Hirsch Hadorn, G, Bammer, G et al 2007, 'Towards a Publication Culture in Transdisciplinary Research', GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 22-26.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Lebel, L 2006, 'Linking knowledge and action for sustainable development', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 31, pp. 445-477.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L & Szlezak, N 2006, 'Linking local knowledge with global action: examining the global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria through a knowledge system lens', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 84, no. 8, pp. 629-635.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2005, 'Strategic integration: The practical politics of integrated research in context', Journal of Research Practice, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 1-21.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2005, 'Integrated research: Concepts of connection in environmental science and policy', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 452-463.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2003, 'Beyond disciplines: exploring exploratory research as a framework for integration', in Stephen Dovers, David I. Stern and Michael Young (ed.), New Dimensions in Ecological Economics: Integrated Approaches to People and Nature, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 35-49.
  • Kjellstrom, T, Van Kerkhoff, L, Bammer, G et al 2003, 'Comparative assessment of transport risks - how it can contribute to health impact assessment of transport policies', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 81, pp. 451-459.
  • Van Kerkhoff, L 2001, 'Relating paradigms: what do transdisciplinary researchers need to know about interdisciplinary science', International Journal of Agricultural Resources Governance and Ecology, vol. 1, pp. 145-154.