Dr Thomas Measham

BA (Syd), MSc (JCU), PhD(ANU)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Areas of expertise

  • Human Geography 1604
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Urban And Regional Studies (Excl. Planning) 160404
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Economic Geography 160401

Research interests

Community and regional sustainability rural change, community engagement, community based natural resource management, social learning, socio-economic impacts of extractive industries


Tom Measham is a senior human geographer in the Social and Economic Sciences Program of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. Since 1996, he has developed extensive social science research experience including applied and theoretical research on the social dimensions of environmental challenges in regional Australia. His Doctoral research employed qualitative methods to understand sense of place and the ways in which residents develop an understanding of their environment in northern Australia. Since his PhD his research has been concerned with the aspirations, issues and constraints affecting the livelihoods of rural communities, community engagement and the capacity of community groups to conduct natural resource management. His recent work has been focused on the potential for communities to respond to the global drivers affecting the sustainability of rural regions.

Researcher's projects

Tracking the role of dialogue for improved regional outcomes from mining expansion in rural Australia.

Available student projects

Rural transition and the social impacts of coal seam gas

Current student projects

David Turton: Property rights, risk and coal seam gas (PhD candidate)

Lisa Arnaud: Remaking regions and rural identities: How are practices of identity emerging in the face of resource sector development?(PhD candidate)


Past student projects

Sonia Graham: Social relations, trust and natural resource management (PhD completed)

Sonya Duus : 'Unearthing the sun: making sense of the proposed coal developments in the Galilee Basin' (PhD completed)


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