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The Australian National University

Professor Stephen Dovers

B.App.Sci (Canberra); B.Letters, PhD (ANU) FASSA
Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, FASSA
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Areas of expertise

  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Environment Policy 160507

Research interests

Steve Dovers focuses on generic policy and institutional dimensions in environment and sustainability, combining contemporary and historical perspectives, across a diverse range of sectors and issues including climate adaptation, disasters, biodiversity, water, urban studies, forests, coastal management and others. 


Emeritus Professor Steve Dovers was originally trained as an ecologist and natural resource manager, and worked in local government and heritage management. He studied geography, environmental law and environmental history, and gained a PhD in environmental policy in 1996. He became an academic member of staff at the then Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU in 1997. From 2009-early 2017 he was Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Chair of the Steering Committee of Future Earth Australia; Associate editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management and member of the editorial Boards of the journals Global Environmental Change, Local Environments, Environmental Science and Policy, and Resilience.

Available student projects

Steve continues with primary supervisor and advisory roles with 15 PhD students, however new supervisory opportunities are now limited.  

Current student projects

Currently supervising or co-supervising over 20 PhD students, in areas including conservation policy, disasters, climate adaptation and public policy. 

Past student projects

Steve has supervisied or co-supervisied 60 current and completed PhD students over the past two decades, across a variety of areas in environment, resource management and sustainability. Former students have gone on to a wide range of careers, including senior academic posts and policy positions in government agencies.


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