Dr Anna Sanders

ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Human Geography 4406
  • Development Geography 440602
  • Environmental Anthropology 440104
  • Environment Policy 440704
  • Political Economy And Social Change 440404
  • Rural Community Development 440406

Research interests

  • Translation of climate adaptation and mitigation policies
  • Intersections of environmental and resource governance
  • Multi-level governance and related concepts
  • Social learning and governance experimentation
  • Ontological politics and knowledge production
  • Relational justice and ethics within human-environmental relations
  • Indigenous knowledge and translation practices
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative and ethnographic research
  • Tropical forests and climate change
  • Livelihoods, agricultural and food systems
  • Issues of rights, access, and land tenure
  • Regional interests in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, particularly tropical peatlands, and in Northern Australia



Anna joined the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the end of 2022. She is also an honorary fellow at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, where she previously held teaching and research appointments at the University of Melbourne. Anna has worked for research institutes and civil society organisations on diverse topics, and her movement between research, policy, and community spaces is underpinned by concerns for justice, equity, and ethics in human-environmental relations.

Anna’s research and teaching practice aims to contribute to more just and sustainable worlds. Much of her work focuses on the social, ethical and political dimensions of environmental governance, resource development, and sustainability transitions. Anna has a particular interest in tropical regions and frontier landscapes with histories of conservation and development interventions. Anna is interested in facilitating and contributing to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and place-based research that builds long-term partnerships and local capabilities in responding creatively and adaptively to systemic and climate-induced changes across a range of scales.


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