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More than doodles: using pictures to manage environmental conflicts

Anthony Kung, IWC PhD candidate, asks how can we better manage environmental conflict? Watch a seminar video on Anthony's thesis, which tackles part of this question.

Environmental conflicts are described as ubiquitous, inevitable, and intractable. The term ‘environmental conflict’ might evoke images of iconic conflicts: uranium mining in Kakadu, coal seam gas in eastern Australia, the proposed gas hub at James Price Point, or logging in Spotted Owl habitats in the American Northwest. We might think of more local conflict issues: vegetation clearing in creeks, sand dredging near coastal towns, or plans to build in flood-prone areas. Such conflicts appear to be increasing in number and intensity, and there is considerable need to address them effectively.

Anthony’s PhD thesis falls into three parts. First, he seeks to better understand environmental conflicts by identifying patterns in how they unfold within the Australian natural resource management context. Second, he will develop a picture-based tool for managing environmental conflicts, working with the Integration and Application Network at the University of Maryland. Finally, he will apply and evaluate that tool in the Kimberley, Western Australia, to manage cross-cultural conflicts in the Indigenous Australian setting.

This seminar is part of Anthony’s confirmation milestone for the PhD candidature. He will discuss his work to date, and outline plans for the next two years of research.

See the video of this seminar here:

Anthony is undertaking his PhD through the International WaterCentre and the UQ School of Chemical Engineering. He
is a graduate of Law and Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Note: there may be some changes to the project following advice from the review panel.


Photo: Anthony Kung (R), Dr Anne Poelina, a Nyikina traditional owner and Deputy Shire President, Broome, and Dr Peter Oliver (L). Credit: Mr Ian Pedrisat.


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