Rachel Clarke

Campus Visitor

Hailing from the Monaro Plains, Rachel Clarke’s first job was working as an unpaid farm hand on the family property. Since then, Rachel has spent over 15 years working in natural resource management, most recently with the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). Key areas of work at the MDBA included working on the 2020 Evaluation of the Basin Plan, working with landholders and councils to explore and address constraints to overbank flows on the Lower Darling and Murray Rivers, and leading the community engagement for the review of the water recovery target in the Northern Basin. Rachel also spent a number of years working in communications and engagement with ACTEW (now Icon) Water, including leading the communications and community engagement on the Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer and Cotter Dam projects. Rachel also spent three years working as a social scientist at ABARES, on research including community perceptions of cane toads, the drivers of agritourism, and engagement in biosecurity. Early in her career, Rachel worked as a Landcare coordinator in Kerang in northern Victoria, and as a project manager with Murrumbidgee CMA in Wagga Wagga. Rachel has an honours degree in Science (Resource and Environmental Management) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Arts (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University.

Research interests

Rachel currently works with NRM Regions Australia as a Knowledge Broker for Carbon Farming and the Emissions Reduction Fund. Her work focuses on working with regional NRM organisations, researchers, government organisations, the carbon farming industry and others, to build the capacity of staff in regional NRM organisations to engage with the carbon farming market. Supporting greater involvement of regional natural resource managers in planning, delivering and monitoring carbon farming projects can lead to improved outcomes for the environment and for rural and regional communities.