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Peat Leith

Peat Leith

Senior Research Fellow

Room 405, Geography, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 6391 (phone)

Peat.Leith@utas.edu.au

Biography

Peat is passionate about ensuring that public investment on research leads to societal outcomes. His research and practice is geared to improving the design of projects and programs to achieve such outcomes in ways that are equitable, accountable and efficient, especially in areas of natural resource management and sustainability.

Peat has worked for the NSW Government on research for natural resource management (NRM) policy, with the Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources (University of Tasmania) on adaptation in fisheries, and with the CSIRO Coastal Collaboration Cluster (University of Tasmania) on improving the linkages between science and decision-making in coastal zone management. He has also worked as a consultant.

From 2012-2015 Peat was the Convenor of the Science for Society and Policy Program in TIA. He also led a TIA research project that assisted nine regional NRM organisations across south-eastern Australia to update their strategic plans for climate change. More information on this project and its outputs can be found here.

General Responsibilities

Peat is a social and institutional researcher and a Senior Research Fellow at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and provides social science expertise into a variety of TIA projects. He is currently leading a major social research initiative called the Aspirations for Food and Agriculture project (TasAgFuture). He completed his doctoral degree in 2009 on the integration of local and scientific knowledge about climate variability to improve management of the eastern Australian rangelands, and has since worked in diverse action-oriented and policy research.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Knowing El Nino: Integrating climate knowledges in the rangelands of eastern AustraliaUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2009
BSc (1st Class Hons)Human Thermal Environments in Tasmania’s Central PlateauUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2001

Administrative expertise

Peat has substantial experience leading and managing large and complex inter- and trans-disciplinary research projects. He is a trained facilitator and a collaborative (systems) leader.

Teaching

Science and Technology Studies, Public Understanding of Science, Science Policy, Natural Resource Management, Institutional Design, Sustainability Science, climate change adaptation

Teaching responsibility

Peat teaches into various units in the Agriculture and Geography disciplines and has been involved with the development of the Breadth Unit Working with Communities.

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Expertise

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Science Policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Institutional Design
  • Sustainability Science
  • Climate change adaptation

Research Themes

During 2017-18 Peat is leading a major TIA social research initiative, Aspirations for Food and Agriculture (TasAgFuture). Through the project, TIA will better understand the drivers of change for Tasmanian food producers and processors, and changing needs for research, development and extension. Tasmanian food producers and processors are encouraged to participate in the project – more information is available at utas.edu.au/tia/tasagfuture.

Peat is closely involved with the University of Tasmania’s Environment, Resources and Sustainability Theme. He is working with the co-directors of the Theme to support inter- and trans-disciplinary research across the University, especially in building skills and opportunities for early career researchers to effectively tackle complex or ‘wicked’ problems that are so common in ERS areas.

Peat’s research to date in agriculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, climate change adaptation and natural resource governance writ large has most recently led to synthesis research on means by which research projects and programs can more effectively contribute to sustainability in diverse situations.

His research has resulted in invitations to international workshops and to contribute to and review innovative research design in complex problem contexts in the USA and New Zealand. Peat has consulted with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International to inform the development of new approaches to supporting conservation research to better contribute to conservation outcomes. His research on boundary work, boundary organisations and co-production are contributions to larger efforts to democratise research and particularly to make this work in practice.

Collaboration

Peat has recently collaborated with researchers developing and implementing approaches to better link research, policy and practice for sustainability outcomes in the USA and New Zealand.

Awards

Claudio Alcorso Environment Award for his PhD Thesis (2009)

Current projects

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Fields of Research

  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Research, Science and Technology Policy (160511)
  • Palaeoclimatology (040605)
  • Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
  • Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070199)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079999)
  • Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Environmental Sciences (059999)
  • Economic Geography (160401)
  • Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
  • Horticultural Production (070699)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Carbon Sequestration Science (050301)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Crop and Pasture Production (070399)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)

Research Objectives

  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation (960699)
  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Wheat (820507)
  • Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection (960605)
  • Sustainability Indicators (960609)
  • Primary Animal Products (830599)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (961202)
  • Native and Residual Pastures (830403)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils (961402)
  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Aquaculture Oysters (830104)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Land Stewardship (960704)
  • Winter Grains and Oilseeds (820599)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments (960899)
  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne) (830406)
  • Industrial Gases (860601)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Learner Development (930103)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Canola (820502)
  • Barley (820501)
  • Soils (961499)
  • Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production (829802)

Publications

Peat has published in diverse forums for public, professional and academic audiences. His scholarly work appears in leading international journals in STS, and environmental policy, governance and natural resource management. His recent book Enhancing Science Impact: bridging research, policy and practice for sustainability, co-authored with Kevin O’Toole, Marcus Haward and Brian Coffeyis available from CSIRO Publishing.

Total publications

59

Highlighted publications

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YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2014Journal ArticleLeith P, O'Toole K, Haward M, Coffey B, Rees C, et al., 'Analysis of operating environments: a diagnostic model for linking science, society and policy for sustainability', Environmental Science and Policy, 39 pp. 162-171. ISSN 1462-9011 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.01.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Haward M; Rees C; Ogier E

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2012Journal ArticleLeith P, Jacobs B, Brown PR, Nelson R, 'A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor', Society and Natural Resources, 25, (8) pp. 775-793. ISSN 0894-1920 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2011.637548 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Nelson R

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Journal Article

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2018Bednarek AT, Wyborn C, Cvitanovic C, Meyer R, Colvin RM, et al., 'Boundary spanning at the science-policy interface: the practitioners' perspectives', Sustainability Science, 13, (4) pp. 1175-1183. ISSN 1862-4065 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0550-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Cvitanovic C

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2018Leith P, Warman R, Harwood A, Bosomworth K, Wallis P, 'An operation on 'the neglected heart of science policy': reconciling supply and demand for climate change adaptation research', Environmental Science and Policy, 82 pp. 117-125. ISSN 1462-9011 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.01.015 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Warman R; Harwood A

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2017Bosomworth K, Leith P, Harwood A, Wallis PJ, 'What's the problem in adaptation pathways planning? The potential of a diagnostic problem-structuring approach', Environmental Science and Policy, 76 pp. 23-28. ISSN 1462-9011 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Harwood A

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2017Leith P, Vanclay F, 'Placing science for natural resource management and climate variability: lessons from narratives of risk, place and identity', Sociologia Ruralis, 57, (2) pp. 155-170. ISSN 0038-0199 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/soru.12124 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2017Wallis PJ, Bosomworth K, Harwood A, Leith P, 'Charting the emergence of a 'knowing system' for climate change adaptation in Australian regional natural resource management', Geoforum, 84 pp. 42-50. ISSN 0016-7185 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.06.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Harwood A

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2016Jacobs B, Boronyak-Vasco L, Moyle K, Leith P, 'Ensuring resilience of natural resources under exposure to extreme climate events', Resources, 5, (2) Article 20. ISSN 2079-9276 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/resources5020020 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Jenson I, Leith P, Doyle R, West J, Miles MP, 'Testing innovation systems theory using Qualitative Comparative Analysis', Journal of Business Research, 69, (4) pp. 1283-1287. ISSN 0148-2963 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.10.093 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Doyle R; West J; Miles MP

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2016Jenson I, Leith P, Doyle R, West J, Miles MP, 'The root cause of innovation system problems: formative measures and causal configurations', Journal of Business Research, 69, (11) pp. 5292-5298. ISSN 0148-2963 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.04.127 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Doyle R; West J

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2016Jenson I, Leith P, Doyle R, West J, Miles MP, 'Innovation system problems: causal configurations of innovation failure', Journal of Business Research, 69, (11) pp. 5408-5412. ISSN 0148-2963 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.04.146 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Doyle R; West J

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2016Leith P, Haward M, Rees C, Ogier E, 'Success and evolution of a boundary organization', Science, Technology and Human Values, 41, (3) pp. 375-401. ISSN 0162-2439 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0162243915601900 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Haward M; Rees C; Ogier E

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2015Leith P, Vanclay F, 'Translating science to benefit diverse publics: engagement pathways for linking climate risk, uncertainty, and agricultural identities', Science, Technology and Human Values, 40, (6) pp. 939-964. ISSN 0162-2439 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0162243915577636 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2015Lucas C, Leith P, Davison A, 'How climate change research undermines trust in everyday life: a review', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6, (1) pp. 79-91. ISSN 1757-7780 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.320 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Lucas C; Davison A

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2015Merry AM, Carew AL, Leith P, Nelson R, Botwright Acuna T, 'Agronomists use of PGR - a survey', Agricultural Science, 27, (2) pp. 24-32. ISSN 1030-4614 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Merry AM; Carew AL; Nelson R; Botwright Acuna T

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2014Leith P, O'Toole K, Haward M, Coffey B, Rees C, et al., 'Analysis of operating environments: a diagnostic model for linking science, society and policy for sustainability', Environmental Science and Policy, 39 pp. 162-171. ISSN 1462-9011 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.01.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Haward M; Rees C; Ogier E

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2014Leith P, Ogier E, Haward M, 'Science and social license: defining environmental sustainability of Atlantic salmon aquaculture in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia', Social Epistemology, 28, (3-4) pp. 277-296. ISSN 0269-1728 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2014.922641 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Ogier E; Haward M

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2014Leith P, Ogier E, Pecl G, Hoshino E, Davidson J, et al., 'Towards a diagnostic approach to climate adaptation for fisheries', Climatic Change, 122, (1-2) pp. 55-66. ISSN 0165-0009 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0984-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Ogier E; Pecl G; Hoshino E; Davidson J; Haward M

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2013Clarke B, Stocker L, Coffey B, Leith P, Harvey N, et al., 'Enhancing the knowledge-governance interface: coasts, climate and collaboration', Ocean & Coastal Management, 86 pp. 88-99. ISSN 0964-5691 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.02.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Baxter T; Good M; Haward M; Kriwoken L; Shaw J

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2013Davidson JL, van Putten IE, Leith P, Nursey-Bray MJ, Madin EM, et al., 'Toward operationalizing resilience concepts in Australian marine sectors coping with climate change', Ecology and Society, 18, (3) Article 4. ISSN 1708-3087 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-05607-180304 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Davidson JL; Nursey-Bray MJ; Holbrook NJ

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2013Leith PB, Meinke H, 'Overcoming adolescence: Tasmania's agricultural history and future', Griffith Review, 39 pp. 1-4. ISSN 1448-2924 (2013) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Meinke H

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2012Brown PR, Jacobs B, Leith P, 'Participatory monitoring and evaluation to aid investment in natural resource manager capacity at a range of scales', Environmental Monitoring and Assessment: An International Journal Devoted to Progress in The Use of Monitoring Data in Assessing Environmental Risks to Man and The Environment, 182, (12) pp. 7207-7220. ISSN 1573-2959 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10661-011-2491-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

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2012Leith P, Jacobs B, Brown PR, Nelson R, 'A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor', Society and Natural Resources, 25, (8) pp. 775-793. ISSN 0894-1920 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2011.637548 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Nelson R

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2010Crimp SJ, Stokes CJ, Howden SM, Moore AD, Jacobs B, et al., 'Managing Murray-Darling Basin livestock systems in a variable and changing climate', Rangeland Journal, 32, (3) pp. 293-304. ISSN 1036-9872 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/RJ10039 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

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2010Jacobs BC, Leith PB, 'Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change: Principles for Public Sector Managers', Public Administration Today, 23, (July ) pp. 49-57. ISSN 1832-0066 (2010) [Non Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Leith P, O'Toole K, Haward M, Coffey B, 'Enhancing Science Impact: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability', CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 216. ISBN 9781486305353 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: Haward M

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2006Leith PB, 'Conversations about Climate: seasonal variability and graziers' decisions in the eastern rangelands', University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. i-vii, 1-59, 1 CD-ROM. ISBN 1-86295-288-4 (2006) [Authored Other Book]

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Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Leith P, Coffey B, Haward M, O'Toole K, Allen S, 'Improving science uptake in coastal zone management: principles for science engagement and their application in south-eastern Tasmania', Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, R Kenchington, L Stocker and D Wood (ed), Collingwood, Australia, pp. 135-156. ISBN 9780643100275 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Haward M

2011Leith P, 'Public Engagement with Climate Adaptation: An Imperative for (and Driver of) Institutional Reform?', Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication, Earthscan Ltd, Whitmarsh, L, O'Neill, S, Lorenzoni, I. (ed), Tyndall, UK, pp. 100-119. ISBN 9781844079285 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Vanclay FM, Leith PB, Fleming AJ, 'Understanding farming community concerns about adapting to a changed climate', Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change, Peter Lang, Walter Leal Filho, Franziska Mannke (ed), Frankfurt, Germany, pp. 229-244. ISBN 978-3-631-58153-7 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Vanclay FM; Fleming AJ

2007Kirkpatrick JB, Bridle K, Leith PB, 'Managing the run country for production', People, Sheep and Nature Conservation: the Tasmanian Experience, CSIRO Publishing, JB Kirkpatrick, KL Bridle (ed), Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 45-98. ISBN 9780643093720 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Kirkpatrick JB; Bridle K

Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Botwright Acuna T, Merry A, Carew A, Leith P, 'Plant growth regulator use in broad acre crops', Proceedings of the 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, 20-24 September 2015, pp. 1-4. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Botwright Acuna T; Merry A; Carew A

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2014Bosomworth K, Harwood A, Toorabi N, Leith PB, Wallis P, 'Developing adaptation pathways for NRM in Southern Australia: a research-practice collaboration', 6th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 27-28 June 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland, pp. 37. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Harwood A

2014Ogier E, Leith P, Haward M, 'Science and social license: who defines environmental sustainability of Atlantic salmon aquaculture in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia?', World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014, 7-11 June, Adelaide, South Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ogier E; Haward M

2014Acuna TL, Merry AM, Dean GJ, Carew ALJ, Leith PB, et al., 'Plant growth regulators in broad acre crops', GRDC Grains Research Update for Advisers, 25-26 February 2014, Adelaide SA, pp. 83-87. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Acuna TL; Merry AM; Dean GJ; Carew ALJ; Nelson R

2012Leith PB, 'Successful praxis at the boundaries: how do individuals foster adaptation?', Adaptation Futures Conference, 27-30 May 2012, Tuscon, Arizona, USA (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2010Leith PB, 'Climate adaptation in the Australian edible oyster industry: A social-ecological approach', School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2008Leith PB, 'Placed knowledges and knowledge-geometries: concepts for knowledge-making in natural resource managmement', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference Program 2008, October 2008, Hobart, pp. 12-12. (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2007Leith PB, 'Making scientific knowledge with public currency: balancing salience, credibility and legitimacy in Australian agroclimatology', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference Program 2007, October, Hobart, pp. 11-12. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2006Leith PB, 'Signs and science in decision-making about climate variability: rangelands case study', Proceedings of the Natural Resource Management Extension Symposium, September 2005, Toowoomba, Queensland EJ ISBN 1 920842 30 6 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Leith PB, 'Climatic Place: placed, regional knowledges and the global climate system', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2006: Full Program with Abstracts, October, Hobart, pp. 2-2. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2004Leith PB, 'Climate science, climate perception and land management decisions in western New South Wales and Queensland', School of Geography and Environmental Studies 2004 Conference, October, 2004, Hobart, pp. 10-10. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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2004Leith PB, 'Climatic Place: A Socio-cultural Geography of Climate Risk Management', Australian Rangeland Society 13th Biennial Conference , July 5-8, Alice Springs, pp. 107-113. (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Leith PB, McHenry MT, Bridle K, Evans JD, Fudge ME, et al., 'Strengthening engagement and collaboration for impact in the ERS theme', University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: McHenry MT; Bridle K; Evans JD; Fudge ME; Harwood A; Magierowski RH

2017Wyborn C, Leith P, 'The science, policy and practice interface', Luc Hoffmann Institute, Australia (2017) [Consultants Report]

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2016Bednarek A, Wyborn C, Meyer R, Parris A, Leith PB, et al., 'Practice at the Boundaries: Summary of a workshop of practitioners working at the interfaces science, policy and society for environmental outcomes' (2016) [Consultants Report]

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2013Leith PB, 'Adaptation Futures, Tuscon Arizona USA', UTAS Research Conference Support Scheme 2012 (2013) [Contract Report]

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2010Leith PB, Haward MG, 'Climate Change Adaptation in the Australian Edible Oyster Industry: an analysis of policy and practice', University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2010) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Haward MG

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2004Hay PR, Leith PB, 'Climate Perception and Land Management Decisions in Western New South Wales and Queensland. Final Report for the Land, Water and Wool Climate Variability Sub-program, Project: UTA13', Land and Water Resouces Research and Development Corporation (2004) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hay PR

2004Leith PB, 'Influences of Climate Perception on Land Management Decisions in Western New South Wales and Queensland. Technical Report for the Land, Water and Wool Climate Variability Sub-Program, Project: UTA13', Land and Water Resouces Research and Development Corporation (2004) [Contract Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Leith PB, 'Knowing El Nino: Integrating knowledges of managing climate variability in the eastern Australian rangelands' (2009) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Leith P, 'Time to branch out as farms bloom', The Mercury, News Limited Australia, Australia, 6 January 2018, p. 36. (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Leith PB, Harris RMB, Bridle K, Kemmerer E, Baldwin A, et al., 'A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), University of Tasmania, Hobart (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Harris RMB; Bridle K

2015Wallis P, Harwood A, Leith PB, Hamilton L, Bosomworth K, et al., 'Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), Monash University, University of Tasmania, RMIT (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Harwood A; Harris R; Bridle K

2014Botwright Acuna T, Merry AM, Dean G, Carew A, Leith P, et al., 'Scoping study: a situation and needs analysis relating to the current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulators', Grains Research and Development Corporation, Australia (2014) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Botwright Acuna T; Merry AM; Dean G; Carew A; Nelson R

2013Harris P, Meyer R, Leith PB, 'Living happily in the valley of death', UTAS News, UTAS, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Internal Newsletter]

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2013Leith P, Mohammed C, Meinke H, Barry K, 'Australia's farming future: Tasmania', The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Australia, 5 June (2013) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Mohammed C; Meinke H; Barry K

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2012Evans KJ, Ball P, Bridle K, Field B, Leith PB, 'Some of the most important decisions made by farming businesses occur around the kitchen table', Tasmanian Country, Tasmanian Country, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Evans KJ; Ball P; Bridle K; Field B

2012Rawnsley RP, Fergusson MF, Irvine LD, Birch CJ, Hart MA, et al., 'Comment on Tasmanian issues paper - national drought reform measures', Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Rawnsley RP; Fergusson MF; Irvine LD; Birch CJ; Hart MA; Field B; Mohammed CL

2010Jacobs B, Brown P, Nelson R, Leith PB, Tracey J, et al., 'Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting Natural Resource Manager Capacity for NSW Catchments', Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting Natural Resource Manager Capacity for NSW Catchments, Government of New South Wales, Sudney (2010) [Government or Industry Research]

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2010Leith PB, 'Claudio Alcorso Environment Prize', Claudio Alcorso Environment Prize, unknown, Hobart (2010) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$2,327,776

Projects

Scoping systems of acceptance of improved soil management, with a focus on decision support systems and tools. (2018)$47,151
Description
The project will provide a literature review /scoping study to inform CRC perspectives on social and institutional dimensions of on-farm soil management and adoption.
Funding
CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd ($47,151)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leith PB; Allan C; Higgins VJ
Year
2018
Aspirations, Attitudes & Capacity - Tasmanian Agrifood System (2017 - 2018)$526,402
Description
This is an internal TIA project under the DPIPWE-TIA JVA (C0013208). It has been created on RMDB in order to have the project feature on the WARP for Dr Peat Leith.
Funding
University of Tasmania (TIAR) ($526,402)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leith PB; Warman R; Garcia Imhof C; Adhikari RP; Evans KJ
Period
2017 - 2018
Improving processing vegetable yields through improved production practices (2017 - 2018)$192,347
Description
The project will first identify the specific reasons for sub-optimal processing yields in Tasmania, NSW and Victoria. It will then review any new innovations growers could use to raise productivity or reduce cost, and identify the innovations most likely to be successful. In phase 2, the project will trial the most promising innovations in a participatory research and extension program that will deliver net yield increases of processing broccoli (25%), carrot (18%), cauliflower (11%) and green beans (18%) compared to current levels within three years.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($192,347)
Scheme
Grant-General Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hinton SJ; Boersma M; Gracie AJ; Leith PB; Rogers G; Hinderager M; Titley M; Hingston LH
Period
2017 - 2018
NRM Planning for Climate Change (2014)$8,000
Description
This project will identify and use existing knowledge to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings to inform the development of the NRM Climate Change Adaptation policy. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes. The research associated with this technical support role will engage with the Strategic Land Services Officer on a regular basis and travel, when necessary, in order to provide support. Theoretical and empirical work from science and technology studies and climate adaptation will be applied and grounded through practice, detailed notes and recordings of process and outcomes will be used to advance knowledge on context-appropriate applications of uncertain science to natural resource policy.
Funding
South East Local Land Services ($8,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leith PB
Year
2014
Scoping Study - To provide GRDC with a situation and needs analysis relating to current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulator (2013)$57,956
Funding
Grains Research & Development Corporation ($57,956)
Scheme
Tender, Improving Crop Yield
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Acuna TL; Merry AM; Leith PB; Nelson R; Dean GJ
Year
2013
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Planning for the Southern Slopes NRM Region - Southern Slopes Cluster (2013 - 2016)$934,423
Description
The aims of this project are to provide up-to-date climate change information at the appropriate scale and format, and to provide the capacity to apply this information effectively and appropriately in the regional NRM planning processes.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($934,423)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Warman R; Meinke HB; Nelson R; Bridle K; Mohammed CL; Lefroy EC; Bindoff NL; Leith PB; Harwood A
Period
2013 - 2016
2012: Adaptation Futures, USA (2012)$1,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,000)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leith PB
Year
2012
Kingborough Council: Responding to Coastal Hazards (2011 - 2012)$60,497
Funding
Kingborough Council ($60,497)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sharples C; Leith PB
Period
2011 - 2012
Rising to the Challenge-Developing Flexible Coastal Adaptation Pathways for Local Communities (2011)$500,000
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($500,000)
Scheme
Grant-Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Project
Administered By
Local Government Association of Tasmania
Research Team
Prior S; Haward MG; Leith PB; McDonald J; Hunter JR
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Peat has supervised PhD candidates working on specific challenges in research policy, innovation studies, climate change communication and adaptation, and environmental and resource governance.

He is currently seeking highly capable research higher degree candidates wishing to advance scholarship on institutional design for sustainability, especially at the interface of science and decision-making.

Debates about the interactions between knowledge production and democracy have never been more topical. In a so-called ‘post-truth’ world these matters require serious attention in both academic and very practical settings. Peat provides the breadth of experience to ensure sound scholarship can be combined with practical applications and impact.

Current

3

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCultures of Concern and Unconcern: Thinking differently about climate change2013
PhDPolitical Representation in Institutional Design: Governing Multi-User, Multiple Values Marine Resources2017
PhDThe Regional Feasibility of Local Measures that Increase Water Availability2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDAdaptation to Climate Change in Pastoral and Agropastoral Systems of Borana, Southern Ethiopia
Candidate: Nega Emiru Debela
2017
PhDSystems for Successful Innovation: The case of food safety in the Australian red meat industry
Candidate: Ian Jenson
2016