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13 April 2022

Approach for implementing Research Plan 2021

The Resilient Landscapes Hub will take a user-driven, solutions-focused approach to developing and implementing our research program. All projects will be co-designed with a range of research users including Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water policy-makers, Indigenous land managers, state and territory government agencies, protected place managers, regional natural resource management organisations and Landcare groups. This plan identifies some potential research users – the full list will be further developed through the co-design process.


Working with research users for applied outcomes NESP Northern Hub

As part of the co-design process, projects will complete a pathway-to-impact analysis (theory of change) to clarify exactly how research will lead to application, including explicit recognition of any assumptions in the pathway. This will help ensure that our research leads to impact. Where applicable, new solutions will be applied, trialled and evaluated with research users, and methods for scaling up or transferring results from trial sites to other regions or systems will be built into projects from the outset.

With such a large program, it is important that time is invested early to build a solid foundation for the subsequent years. This first research plan is focused on supporting the scoping, planning and co-design of priority research projects. The plan is organised around 8 projects.

Project 1.1 is focused on improving how we undertake applied environmental research and developing the approach that we will implement in our hub.

Projects 1.2–1.6 cover broad themes that are central to improving the management of resilient landscapes.

Project 1.7 is focused on research to support the four cross-cutting initiatives that are a new part of this second phase of the National Environmental Science Program. This includes the threatened and migratory species and threatened ecological communities cross-cutting initiative, which is led by the Resilient Landscapes Hub, as well as our contributions to the protected place management, waste impact management and climate adaptation initiatives.

Project 1.8 is supporting conservation efforts to help reptiles that are struggling to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

Project leaders are listed after each project and each project page contains information about key researchers for that project. All of the hub’s key researchers can be found on our People page. You can find out more about the research provider organisations we’re partnering with on our Who is involved page.

List of projects and key research areas

  1. Solutions science for resilient landscapes (Professor Michael Douglas)
    • research approach and planning
    • building capacity for ‘solutions science’
    • evaluation and learning
  2. Strengthening resilience to threatening processes and extreme events (Professor Samantha Setterfield)
    • environmental weeds and diseases
    • invasive animals
    • bushfire management
    • wetlands and water management
  3. Restoring and recovering landscape resilience (Professor Mark Kennard and Professor Jennifer Firn)
    • landscape restoration
    • species recovery
  4. Socio-economic insights for resilient landscapes (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
    • evaluating the effectiveness of environmental plans, policies and actions on biodiversity outcomes
    • planning for resilient landscapes
    • implementing plans, policies and actions
  5. Monitoring resilient landscapes (Dr Chris Chilcott)
    • the role of new technology in monitoring
    • prioritisation and integration of monitoring activities
    • citizen science and community-based monitoring
    • management of monitoring data
    • monitoring, evaluation and standards frameworks
  6. Indigenous knowledge and managing the Indigenous estate (Professor Stephen van Leeuwen)
    • research to support Indigenous Australians and their joint-management partners in managing the Indigenous estate
    • mobilising Indigenous knowledge to better understand, manage and conserve Australia’s environments
  7. Cross-cutting initiative research (Professor Helene Marsh)
    • threatened and migratory species and threatened ecological communities (led by the Resilient Landscapes Hub)
    • protected place management (led by the Marine and Coastal Hub)
    • waste impact management (led by the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub)
    • climate adaptation (led by the Climate Systems Hub)
  8. Queensland threatened lizard survey (Professor David Chapple)
    • supporting conservation efforts to help reptiles that are struggling to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

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