Associate Professor Thomas Measham

Adjunct 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????????????????????

  • Cunningham, R, Cvitanovic, C, Measham, T et al 2016, 'Engaging communities in climate adaptation: the potential of social networks', Climate Policy, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 894-908pp.
  • Measham, T, Fleming, D & Schandl, H 2016, 'A conceptual model of the socioeconomic impacts of unconventional fossil fuel extraction', Global Environmental Change: Part A - Human and Policy Dimensions, vol. 36, pp. 101-110.
  • Fleming, D, Measham, T & Paredes, D 2015, 'Understanding the resource curse (or blessing) across national and regional scales: Theory, empirical challenges and an application', Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 624-639.
  • Fleming, D & Measham, T 2015, 'Income Inequality across Australian Regions during the Mining Boom: 2001-11', Australian Geographer, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 203-216.
  • Fleming, D & Measham, T 2015, 'Local economic impacts of an unconventional energy boom: the coal seam gas industry in Australia', The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 78-94.
  • Measham, T & Fleming, D 2014, 'Assess benefits and costs of shale energy', Nature, vol. 510, no. 7506, pp. 473-473.
  • Measham, T & Fleming, D 2014, 'Impacts of unconventional gas development on rural community decline', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 36, pp. 376-385.
  • Fleming, D & Measham, T 2014, 'Local job multipliers of mining', Resources Policy, vol. 41, pp. 9-15.
  • Argent, N & Measham, T 2014, 'New rural economies: Introduction to the special themed issue', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 36, pp. 328-329.
  • Measham, T 2013, 'How Long Does Social Learning Take? Insights from a Longitudinal Case Study', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1468-1477.
  • Measham, T & Lumbasi, J 2013, 'Success factors for community-based natural resource management (CBNRM): Lessons from Kenya and Australia', Environmental Management (New York), vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 649-659.
  • Measham, T, McKENZIE, F, Moffat, K et al 2013, 'An expanded role for the mining sector in Australian society?', Rural Society, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 184-194.
  • 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/rsj.2013.22.2.184
  • Alexander, K, Ryan, A & Measham, T 2012, 'Managed retreat of coastal communities: understanding responses to projected sea level rise', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 409-433.
  • Measham, T, Richards, C, Robinson, C et al 2013, 'Terms of engagement: consensus or control in remote Australian resource management?', in Heather J Aslin and Stewart Lockie (ed.), Engaged Environmental Citizenship, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin N.T., pp. 118-135.
  • Measham, T, Darbas, T, Williams, R et al 2012, 'Rethinking rural futures: Qualitative scenarios for reflexive regional development', Rural Society, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 176-189.
  • Measham, T & Lockie, S, eds, 2012, Risk and Social theory in Environmental Management, CSIRO Publishing, Australia.
  • Measham, T & Preston, B 2012, 'Vulnerability analysis, risk and deliberation: the Sydney climate change adaptation initiative', in Thomas Measham and Stewart Lockie (ed.), Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 147-157.
  • Lockie, S & Measham, T 2012, 'Social perspectives on risk and uncertainty: reconciling the spectacular and the mundane', in Thomas Measham and Stewart Lockie (ed.), Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 1-13.
  • Reeson, A, Measham, T & Hosking, K 2012, 'Mining activity, income inequality and gender in regional Australia', Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 302-313.
  • Measham, T, Richards, C, Robinson, C et al 2011, 'Genuine Community Engagement in Remote Dryland Regions: Natural Resource Management in Lake Eyre Basin', Geographical Research, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 171-182.
  • 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-011-9301-2
  • 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

  • Baker, R & Measham, T 2005, 'Combining People, Place and Learning', in Meg Keen, Valerie A. Brown, Rob Dyball (ed.), Social Learning in Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 91-103.