I supervise students working on a wide range of topics relating to development, environmental and natural resource management in various regions of the world.

Doctoral Research Completions

Peter Boateng, 2016, From arable savannah land to barren desert? The political ecology of land use and land cover change in northeast Ghana

Alberto Nicotra, 2015, Foreign direct investment in biofuels and sustainable regional development: The case of jatropha in the Boeny region, Madagascar

Thomas Bach, 2015, Indigenous knowledge and weed management in the Kimberley region, Western Australia (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Melbourne)

Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, 2014, Social production of ecosystem services in the Tinau watershed, Nepal (Undersecretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal)

Paul Rogers, 2014, Land Reform and the Myth of the Small Farmer in Indonesia’s Nucleus Estate and Smallholders Program: Insights from West Java (Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Mining, University of Queensland)

Herlina Hartanto, 2009, Adaptability of Customary Forest Institutions in Kerinci, Central Sumatra, Indonesia (Consultant for Agence Française de Développement in Jakarta)

Kiran Shinde, 2009, The environment of Pilgrimage in the Sacred Site of Vrindavan, India (Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Pune, India)

Kwasi Agyeman, 2008, Land Use Change and Forest Transformations in the Ashanti Region, Ghana (Senior Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Akiko Yamane, 2006, Rethinking Climate Change and Vulnerability in Sri Lanka, Monash University (Assistant Professor of geography at California State University at Fresno, USA from 2006-2008, then moved to Japan in 2009 to raise family)

Raewyn Porter, 2002, 100 Years of Contest: Land and Governance in Uganda, RMIT University (Consultant, international development)

Mary Gilmartin, 2001, Education and Change in South Africa and Northern Ireland, (External Advisor) University of Kentucky, USA (Senior Lecturer in geography at National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Abdul Razak, 1999, Spatial Access to work and services for squatter households in Delhi, India (co-advisor with Prof. J. Friedmann) RMIT University (Professor in urban planning at Anna University of Technology, Chennai, India)

Current PhD Students

2012 –              Manuel Miranda Fernandes, Origem fitogeografica, transferência intercontinental e difusão regional no género Acacia Mill. – O caso de Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd. (Based at University of Porto, Portugal)

2007-               Lisa Elford, Social geography of bare life: Refugees, HIV and human rights in South Africa (Based in Canada)

Masters Research Completions

Michelle Aitken, 2008, Living with alien invasives: The political ecology of wattle in the eastern highveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Anna Egan, 2008, Doing right by country: Prickly trees, cattle, and camels in Northwest Queensland

Usman Shah, 2008,  Bringing order to the Jangal: State building, social change, and international intervention in Afghanistan’s Kunduz River Basin

Honours Research Completions

Giselle Diego, 2013, The Geographies of Asylum Seeker Control: The Australian Community Detention Program

George Mwarania, 2012, Large-scale land acquisitions for agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa

David Fisher, 2011, The Settling Country: Perspectives on Immigration in Australia

Keith Harwood, 2009, Melbourne’s Urban Form and Transport: A discourse analysis

Rémy Kinna, 2007, Conservation and Development Perspectives in the expansion of the Blyde River Canyon Reserve into Mariepskop State Forest, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Tracey Butcher, 2006, The Role of Gender Focused NGOs in the former Homelands of South Africa

Petr Svoboda, 2005, Gandhian Experiments with Alternative Development: The case of Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu, India

Paul Carroll, 2004, Sugarcane Farming on Communal Land: The Case of KaNgwane Former Homeland, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Julien Gronbach, 2003, Indigenous climate knowledge and rural agricultural practices in the South African lowveld

Rebecca Monson, 2002, The big flood: a ‘natural’ disaster? Understanding the 1998 East Gippsland floods and vulnerability in the Upper Tambo Valley, Victoria

Jessica Williams, 2001, Development and Community Participation in Papua New Guinea

Nicole Forster, 2000, Victorian regional forest agreements: Public consultation and conflict


Courses taught (at Monash University)

1999-2014      Urbanisation and Regional Development in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Rims: A course that advances the capabilities of third-year undergraduate and fourth-year graduate students to link theoretical and policy frameworks of regional economic development for pursuing sustainable development of city-regions in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Rims.

2002-2015      Field Studies in Regional Sustainability: A field-based course taught in South Africa that builds the capacity of third-year undergraduate and fourth-year graduate students to understand the practical constraints of regional development and sustainability in context and formulate strategies and projects for sustainable regional development.

2005-2014      Environmental Revolutions: A graduate seminar that engages students with the history of ideas about the relationship between nature, science, and human action and how these have revolutionized theories, practices and politics of international development and global environmental change from modernity to the present.

2014                Research in Geography, Environment, and Sustainability: A course that equips third-year and fourth-year graduates with basic research design skills and proposal development for applied and academic research in geography and environmental science.

1999-2010      The Global Challenge: A course that introduces first-year undergraduates to the global geographies of demographic change, urban development, and contemporary economies of production and consumption.

2000-2010      Power and Poverty: A course that develops the ability of second-year undergraduates to understand the factors and processes shaping the political economy and geographies of uneven development.