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Michael Mitchell

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Doctor Michael Mitchell is a University Associate at the School of Land and Food, in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. He is currently based at Charles Sturt University, in New South Wales, Australia.


Michael Mitchell has a growing body of social research experience related to natural resources management. He was employed from 2012 to 2015 as a research fellow with the National Environmental Research Program's Landscapes and Policy Hub. He contributed to strategies to incorporate landscape-scale biodiversity conservation into regional planning using systems analysis and scenarios, drawing on case studies in the Australian Alps and Tasmanian Midlands.

From 2009 to 2012, Michael was a research fellow with Australia's National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. He contributed to the development of a decision support model to improve groundwater planning in the Willunga Basin of South Australia by developing strategies for stakeholders to benefit from the model through a process of social learning. He also undertook a review of the literature on social dimensions of groundwater management, identifying research gaps for social researchers to pursue.

Michael was also engaged at the same time on a project to support Murray Catchment Management Authority's application of resilience thinking to its regional planning strategy. Experience from this project has been used as the basis for NRM organisations across Australia to improve community engagement in systems-based planning.Michael's doctoral dissertation (CSU, 2005-2008) involved collaboration with Murrumbidgee Irrigation in NSW and focused on the company's efforts to improve its use of 'triple bottom line' reporting – i.e. reporting on its economic, social and environmental performance – and a review of the literature resulting in an evaluation framework to improve 'triple bottom line' reporting as part of an iterative learning cycle.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDCan the process of triple bottom line reporting lead to enhanced sustainability? A case study with Murrumbidgee Irrigation Pty LtdCharles Sturt UniversityAustralia2008
TESOL Certificate University of New South WalesAustralia2001
MPhilScale and influence in Mekong Basin developmentUniversity of SydneyAustralia1994
Thai I, II & III Australian National UniversityAustralia1991
BSc(Hons)'We're going home to stay': external constraints on the community development of the Mpweringe-Arnapipe Outstation Council: a social analysisUniversity of SydneyAustralia1989

Languages (other than English)

Conversant in Thai

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Fields of Research

  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Agriculture, land and farm management (300299)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Landscape ecology (410206)

Research Objectives

  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Institutional arrangements (190206)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)


Total publications


Journal Article

(12 outputs)
2017Carter O, Mitchell MS, Porfririo LL, Hugh S, Lockwood M, et al., 'Mapping scenario narratives: a technique to enhance landscape-scale biodiversity planning', Conservation and Society, 15, (2) pp. 179-188. ISSN 0975-3133 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_15_121 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Lockwood M; Gilfedder LA; Lefroy EC


2017Clement S, Moore SA, Lockwood M, Mitchell M, 'Fit-for-purpose institutions? An evaluation of biodiversity conservation in the agricultural landscape of the Tasmanian Midlands, Australia', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 19, (2) pp. 135-155. ISSN 1523-908X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2016.1162708 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2017Mitchell M, Moore SA, Clement S, Lockwood M, Anderson G, et al., 'Biodiversity on the brink: evaluating a transdisciplinary research collaboration', Journal for Nature Conservation, 40 pp. 1-11. ISSN 1617-1381 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2017.08.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Lockwood M; Gaynor SM; Gilfedder L; Lefroy EC


2016Mitchell M, Lockwood M, Moore SA, Clement S, 'Building systems-based scenario narratives for novel biodiversity futures in an agricultural landscape', Landscape and Urban Planning, 145 pp. 45-56. ISSN 0169-2046 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2016Mitchell M, Lockwood M, Moore SA, Clement S, Gilfedder L, et al., 'Using scenario planning to assess governance reforms for enhancing biodiversity outcomes', Land Use Policy, 50 pp. 559-572. ISSN 0264-8377 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.10.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2015Clement S, Moore SA, Lockwood M, Mitchell M, 'Using insights from pragmatism to develop reforms that strengthen institutional competence for conserving biodiversity', Policy Sciences, 48, (4) pp. 463-489. ISSN 0032-2687 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11077-015-9222-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2015Mitchell M, Lockwood M, Moore SA, Clement S, 'Scenario analysis for biodiversity conservation: a social-ecological system approach in the Australian Alps', Journal of Environmental Management, 150 pp. 69-80. ISSN 0301-4797 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2015Mitchell M, Lockwood M, Moore SA, Clement S, 'Incorporating governance influences into social-ecological system models: a case study involving biodiversity conservation', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58, (11) pp. 1903-1922. ISSN 0964-0568 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.967387 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2015Sinclair K, Curtis A, Mendham E, Mitchell M, 'Assessing the efficacy of transition theory to identify industry transformation: a case study examining the deregulation of Australia's dairy industry', Australian Geographer, 46, (1) pp. 113-129. ISSN 0004-9182 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2014.986790 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2014Lockwood M, Mitchell M, Moore SA, Clement S, 'Biodiversity governance and social-ecological system dynamics: transformation in the Australian Alps', Ecology and Society, 19, (2) Article 13. ISSN 1708-3087 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-06393-190213 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Lockwood M


2014Sinclair K, Curtis A, Mendham E, Mitchell M, 'Can resilience thinking provide useful insights for those examining efforts to transform contemporary agriculture?', Agriculture and Human Values, 31, (3) pp. 371-384. ISSN 0889-048X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10460-014-9488-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 39


2013Mitchell M, 'From organisational learning to social learning: a tale of two organisations in the Murray-Darling Basin', Rural Society, 22, (3) pp. 230-241. ISSN 1037-1656 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5172/rsj.2013.22.3.230 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2016Curtis A, Mitchell M, Mendham E, 'Social Science Contributions to Groundwater Governance', Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges, Springer, AJ Jakeman, O Barreteau, RJ Hunt, J-D Rinaudo, A Ross (ed), San Francisco, United States, pp. 477-492. ISBN 978-3-319-23575-2 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_19 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2014Davies PE, Lefroy EC, Mitchell MS, Clement S, 'Governance design for adaptation and transformation in social-ecological systems', Not published - presentation only, 4-8 May 2014, Montpellier, France (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies PE; Lefroy EC

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2015Mitchell M, Moore SA, Lefroy EC, Clement S, Lockwood M, et al., 'An evaluation of strategies used by Landscapes and Policy Hub to achieve interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research', Landscapes and Policy Hub, Albury, Australia, 84 (2015) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Lefroy EC; Lockwood M; Gaynor SM