Associate Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff

Associate Professor
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 firest, second and third year undergraduates, as well as supervising graduate students. She holds a PhD from ANU in Human Ecology. She 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 investigated how funding mechanisms connect science and politics in the treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. She has published extensively on integrative and transdisciplinary research concepts and methods. Her doctoral dissertation examined the concept of integrated research, and how it is being understood and implemented by two environment-sector Australian Cooperative Research Centres. It was published in 2008.

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.

  • 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, 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. Accepted Article.
  • 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, 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.