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About Dr Hanabeth Luke

Dr Hanabeth Luke BAppSc(SCU), GradCertEd, BEnvSc(Hons)(SCU)
In her teaching capacity, Hanabeth BAppSc(SCU), GradCertEd(UPly), BEnvSc(Hons)(SCU) specialises in teaching introductory science units including Science in Society, a first year unit for the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, and Global Environmental Issues for Environmental, Marine and Forestry students.

She has also been involved with the delivery of a number of units offered by the School of Environment, Science & Engineering, including Protected Area Management, Earth Systems I and II, Global Environmental Issues, and Water and Catchment Management.
Hanabeth began her degree in Coastal Management at Southern Cross University in 2001, graduating in 2005. In 2006 she spent some time in the United Kingdom, gaining a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Plymouth. After teaching Environmental Science, Geography, World Development and Sociology for several years, she returned to SCU in order to further develop her teaching and research skills at the School of Environment, Science and Engineering in early 2011.
During her Honours year, Hanabeth focused on social dynamics within the growing social movement responding to coal-seam gas (CSG) industry developments in Eastern Australia, with a focus on the use of mind-mapping as a communication tool for aiding group decision-making.
In 2012 she worked with stakeholder groups to develop the question for the Lismore City Council Poll on CSG, implementing an extensive community survey in order to determine voter motivations behind differing community perspectives of the industry. In 2013 she carried out a comparative survey in the neighbouring Richmond Valley area, as well as numerous interviews with residents of the Queensland gasfields. As she continues to study different perspectives of the developing gas industry as a part of her PhD research, titled: Social Responses to Industrialisation of the Rural Landscape, with a Case Study of the Coal Seam Gas Industry in Eastern Australia, she has since published several papers and reports on this topic, with more in process.
Throughout 2013 and 2014 Hanabeth worked closely with Kerrie Stimpson and Dr David Lloyd on a research project exploring the aspirations, challenges and barriers to R& D uptake in the Northern Rivers macadamia industry. This was a HIA funded project that attracted a Category 1 research grant of $56,000, with outcomes being an industry report, two research papers (in process) and input into strategic planning for the macadamia industry.


Present Associate Lecturer, Southern Cross University Southern Cross GeoScience

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Contact Information

Southern Cross GeoScience
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480

Mobile: (+61) 0430 092 071


Books (1)

Book chapters (1)

Journal articles (7)

Conferences (2)

Reports (2)