Dr Jacki Schirmer

B. Sc. (For) (Hons), B. Ec, Ph.D.
Honorary Associate Professor

Jacki Schirmer is a visiting fellow at the Fenner School, and an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. Her work focuses on the intersection of human wellbeing and use and interaction with natural resources. Jacki leads the Regional Wellbeing Survey (www.regionalwellbeing.org.au), and conducts research examining the social impacts of changing access to natural resources (including access to water, forests, fisheries and agricultural land), community acceptance of natural resource management, and supporting resilience, adaptive capacity and wellbeing in regional communities.

Research interests

Socio-economic impact assessment; public dialogue and participatory decision making; socio-ecological systems theory; human adaptation to climate change and other environmental change.

  • Peel, D, Berry, H & Schirmer, J 2016, 'Farm exit intention and wellbeing: A study of Australian farmers', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 47, pp. 41-51.
  • Mylek, M & Schirmer, J 2016, 'Social acceptability of fuel management in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 25, no. 10, pp. 1093-1109.
  • Anderson, C & Schirmer, J 2015, 'Why and how urban residents resisted a proposed gas-fired power station', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 324-339pp.
  • Anderson, C & Schirmer, J 2015, 'An Empirical Investigation of Social Capital and Networks at Local Scale through Resistance to Lower-Carbon Infrastructure', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 749-765.
  • Schirmer, J & Bull, L 2014, 'Assessing the likelihood of widespread landholder adoption of afforestation and reforestation projects', Global Environmental Change: Part A - Human and Policy Dimensions, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 306-320.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2014, 'Social impacts of forest policy changes in Western Australia on members of the natural forest industry: Implications for policy goals and decision-making processes', Forestry, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 363-376.
  • Dare, M, Schirmer, J & Vanclay, F 2014, 'Community engagement and social licence to operate', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 188-197.
  • Gordon, M, Lockwood, M, Hanson, D et al 2014, 'Perceptions of corporate social responsibility in Australian forestry companies', International Journal of Sustainable Society, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 336-353.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2013, 'Designing, implementing and monitoring social impact mitigation strategies: Lessons from Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Packages', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 42, pp. 105-115.
  • Gordon, M, Lockwood, M, Schirmer, J et al 2013, 'Adoption of community engagement in the corporate culture of Australian forest plantation companies', Australian Forestry, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 58-68.
  • Gordon, M, Schirmer, J, Lockwood, M et al 2013, 'Being good neighbours: Current practices, barriers, and opportunities for community engagement in Australian plantation forestry', Land Use Policy, vol. 34, pp. 62-71.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2013, 'Exploring the social dimensions and complexity of cumulative impacts: a case study of forest policy changes in Western Australia', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 31: 52-63.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J, Kanowski, P et al 2012, 'Cumulative social impacts in northern NSW: forest policy 1980-2010', National Conference on Australian Forest History 2010, ed. Brett J. Stubbs, Jane Lennon, Alison Specht and John Taylor, Australian Forest History Society Inc, Australia, pp. 83-93.
  • Dare, M, Vanclay, F & Schirmer, J 2012, 'Public participation in commercial environments: Critical reflections on community engagement methods used in the Australian plantation forestry industry', Australian Forestry, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 180-191.
  • Williams, K & Schirmer, J 2012, 'Understanding the relationship between social change and its impacts: The experience of rural land use change in south-eastern Australia', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 538-548.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2012, 'Employment of Indigenous Australians in the forestry sector: a case study from northern Queensland', Australian Forestry, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 73-81.
  • Loxton, E, Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2012, 'Social impacts of the Regional Forest Agreement on members of the forest industry in north-eastern New South Wales', Australian Forestry, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 251-263.
  • Anderson, C, Schirmer, J & Abjorensen, N 2012, 'Exploring CCS community acceptance and public participation from a human and social capital perspective', Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 687-706.
  • Gordon, M, Lockwood, M, Vanclay, F, Schirmer, J 2012, 'Divergent stakeholder views of corporate social responsibility in the Australian forest plantation sector', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 113, no. Issue, pp. 390-398.
  • Schirmer, J, Dovers, S and Clayton, H. 2012, 'Informing conservation policy design through an examination of landholder preferences: A case study of scattered tree conservation in Australia', Biological Conservation, vol. 153, pp. 51-63.
  • Schirmer, J., Clayton. H. and Sherren, K. 2012. Reversing scattered tree decline on farms: implications of landholder practice and perceptions in the Lachlan catchment, NSW. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 19(2): 91-107
  • Sherren, K, Yoon, H, Clayton, H, Schirmer, J. 2012, 'Do Australian graziers have an offset mindset about their farm trees?', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 363-383.
  • Schirmer, J 2011, 'Land use change', in Frank Vanclay and Ana Maria Esteves (ed.), New directions in social impact assessment: conceptual and methodological advances, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 171-185.
  • Dare, M, Vanclay, F & Schirmer, J 2011, 'Understanding community engagement in plantation forest management: Insights from practitioner and community narratives', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 54, no. 9, pp. 1149-1168.
  • Schirmer, J 2011, 'Scaling up: Assessing social impacts at the macro-scale', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 382-391.
  • Dare, M., Schirmer, J., Vanclay, F. 2011, 'Does forest certification enhance community engagement in Australian plantation management?', Forestry Policy and Economics, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 328-337.
  • Sherren, K, Fischer, J, Clayton, H, Schirmer, J and Dovers, S. 2010, 'Integration by case, place and process: transdisciplinary research for sustainable grazing in the Lachlan River catchment, Australia', Landscape Ecology, vol. 25, pp. 1219-1230.
  • Pickworth, J, Schirmer, J & Casey, A 2006, Social fabric of Australian fishing: A case study in South Australia.
  • Schirmer, J, Parsons, M, Charalambou, C et al 2005, Socio-economic impacts of plantation forestry in the South West Slopes of NSW.
  • Schirmer, J & Casey, A 2005, Social assessment handbook: A guide to methods and approaches for assessing the social sustainability of fisheries in Australia.
  • Schirmer, J & Pickworth, J 2005, Social assessment of fishing in the East Gippsland region: Report of a case study conducted as part of the 'Social Assessment Handbook for the Australia fishing sector' project.
  • Schirmer, J, Parsons, M, Charalambou, C et al 2005, Socio-economic impacts of plantation forestry in the Great Southern region.
  • Schirmer, J & Pickworth, J 2005, Social impacts of the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery: Report of a case study undertaken as part of the 'Social Assessment Handook for the Australian fishing sector' project.
  • Schirmer, J 2009, 'Ethical Issues in the Use of Multiple Survey Reminders', Journal of Academic Ethics, vol. 7, pp. 125-139.
  • Dare, M, Schirmer, J & Vanclay, F 2008, 'Social Realities: Working within Complex Social Worlds', Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2008, ed. Digby Race and Hugh Stewart, Australian Forest Growers, Albury, pp. 149-152.
  • Schirmer, J 2008, 'Do Farm Forestry and Large-Scale Plantation Forestry have Different Impacts on Rural Population?', Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2008, ed. Digby Race and Hugh Stewart, Australian Forest Growers, Albury, pp. 145-148.
  • Sherren, K, Dovers, S, Fischer, J et al 2008, 'Leverage points for reversing paddock tree loss in Upper Lachlan grazing landscapes: A workshop report', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 237-240.
  • Schirmer, J 2007, 'Forestry and Environmental Change: Socioeconomic and Political Dimensions', Australian Forestry, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 70-71.
  • Schirmer, J 2007, 'Plantations and social conflict: exploring the differences between small-scale and large-scale plantation forestry', Small-scale Forestry, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 19-33.
  • Schirmer, J 2005, 'Timbercorp Forestry: Attention to Detail Pays Off', in Patrick B Durst, Chris Brown, Henrylito D Tacio, Miyuki Ishikawa (ed.), In Search of Excellence: Exemplary forest management in Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations, Thailand, pp. 315-328.
  • Schirmer, J & Roche, M 2005, 'Corporatization, Commercialization and Privatization: New Zealand.', in Mike Garforth and James Mayers (ed.), Plantations, Privatization, Poverty and Power: Changing Ownership and Management of State Forests, Earthscan Publications Ltd, UK, pp. 200-222.
  • Tonts, M & Schirmer, J 2005, 'Managing Social Conflict in the Timber Plantation Industry: Building consensus or deepening divisions', in Denis Cryle, Jean Hillier (ed.), Consent and Consensus: Politics, Media and Governance in Twentieth Century Australia, API Network, Perth, pp. 275-296.
  • Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2005, 'A Mixed Economy Commonwealth of States: Australia.', in Mike Garforth and James Mayers (ed.), Plantations, Privatization, Poverty and Power: Changing Ownership and Management of State Forests, Earthscan Publications Ltd, UK, pp. 101-125.
  • Schirmer, J & Tonts, M 2003, 'Plantations and sustainable rural communities', Australian Forestry, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 67-74.
  • Schirmer, J 2002, 'Social Impacts: A Western Australia Case Study', Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2002, ed. David Wettenhall, Australian Forest Growers, Canberra, pp. 153-160.
  • Schirmer, J & Kanowski, P 2001, 'Avoiding snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: plantation forestry expansion in Australia', Joint Commonwealth Forestry Conference and Biennial Conference of the Institute of Foresters of Australia 2001, Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd, Fremantle, WA, pp. 99-108.
  • Schirmer, J, Kanowski, P & Race, D 2000, 'Factors affecting adoption of plantation forestry on farms: implications for farm forestry development in Australia', Australian Forestry, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 44-51.
  • Schirmer, J & Field, J 2000, 'The Cost of Revegetation', in <> (ed.), <>, pp. 101pp.