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Associate Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff

BEc, BSc (Hons) PhD (ANU)
Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Research, Science And Technology Policy 160511
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502
  • Environmental Education And Extension 050203
  • Environmental Sociology 160802
  • Social Change 160805
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808

Research interests

Lorrae’s research and teaching interests include qualitative and integrative research methods, particularly as they contribute to decision-making and action in the arenas of sustainability and global health. She is particularly interested in the role of science in governance, decision-and policy-making as it relates to sustainability; north-south research collaborations; and institutional influences on the governance of knowledge. Lorrae is currently an Associate Editor for Enviornmental Science and Policy, and on the editorial board for the journal Challenges in Sustainability.


Lorrae van Kerkhoff is an Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, where she convenes the Bachelor of Environment  and Sustainability degree program, and teaches firest, second and third year undergraduates, as well as supervising graduate students. She holds a PhD from ANU in Human Ecology. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health from 2003-2008, and spent 2004-5 with Harvard's Center for International Development, supported by a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellowship and a Land and Water Australia Travelling Fellowship. While there she investigated how funding mechanisms connect science and politics in the treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. She has published extensively on integrative and transdisciplinary research concepts and methods. Her doctoral dissertation examined the concept of integrated research, and how it is being understood and implemented by two environment-sector Australian Cooperative Research Centres. It was published in 2008.


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