Associate Professor Thomas Measham

Honorary Associate Professor

Tom Measham is a senior human geographer in the Social and Economic Sciences Program of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. Since 1996, he has developed extensive social science research experience including applied and theoretical research on the social dimensions of environmental challenges in regional Australia. His Doctoral research employed qualitative methods to understand sense of place and the ways in which residents develop an understanding of their environment in northern Australia. Since his PhD his research has been concerned with the aspirations, issues and constraints affecting the livelihoods of rural communities, community engagement and the capacity of community groups to conduct natural resource management. His recent work has been focused on the potential for communities to respond to the global drivers affecting the sustainability of rural regions.

Research interests

Community and regional sustainability rural change, community engagement, community based natural resource management, social learning, socio-economic impacts of extractive industries.

  • Measham, T.G. Haslam McKenzie, F., Moffat, K. and Franks, D. (2013) An expanded role for the mining sector in Australian society? Rural Society. Vol 22 (2) pp. 184-194
  • Measham T.G., Preston B.L., Smith T.F., Brooke C., Gorddard R. Withycombe G., and Morrison C. (2011) Adapting to climate change through local municipal planning: barriers and challenges, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, online:
  • Measham, T.G. Brake, L., Robinson C.J, Larson, S. Richards, C., Smith, T. (2011) NRM engagement between remote dryland communities and government agencies: Success factors from Australia, Journal of Arid Environments, volume 75(10) pp. 968-973
  • Larson, S. Measham, TG and Williams, L. (2010) Remotely engaged? Towards a framework for monitoring the success of stakeholder engagement in remote regions. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Vol 53 (7) pp 827â??845
  • Measham, T.G. and Lane M.B. (2010) Community-based environmental planning. In Warf, B.(ed) Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA Vol2, pp 547-549
  • Jones, N., Perez, P., Measham, T.G., Kelly, G.J., D'Aquino, P., Daniell K., Dray, A. and Ferrand, N., (2009) Evaluating Participatory Modeling: developing a framework for cross-case analysis. Environmental Management Vol 44 (6) pp. 1180-1195

  • Measham T.G. (2009) Social learning through evaluation: overcoming constraints for salinity management, Environmental Management Vol 43 (6), pp 1096-1107
  • Preston, B.L., Brooke, C., Measham, T.G., Smith, T.F., Gorddard, R. (2009) Igniting change in local government: Lessons learned from a bushfire vulnerability assessment. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 14 (3) pp. 251-283

  • Measham T.G. and Barnett, G.B. (2008) Environmental volunteering: motivations, modes and outcomes Australian Geographer 39 (4) pp. 535-550

  • Measham, T.G. (2007) Building capacity for environmental management: local knowledge and rehabilitation on the Gippsland Red Gum Plains Australian Geographer 38 (2) pp. 145-159

  • Measham, T.G. (2006) Learning About Environments: The Significance of Primal Landscapes, Environmental Management, Vol. 38 (3), pp. 426-434