Three new research impact stories

7 July 2023

The Resilient Landscapes Hub’s research has impact.

We’ve just published 3 new impact stories showcasing the significance of the hub’s research. Click the links below to read more about the hub’s real-world impact.

Embedded partnerships facilitate the co-design of environmental research

Great desert skink on red sand

We’re trialling new ways to co-design applied environmental research to ensure its relevance to managers of Australia’s landscapes.

By embedding facilitators in organisations that represent the interests of larger networks of on-ground land managers, we’re ensuring that research projects are co-designed through direct partnerships with key research users. Having facilitators who are employed outside of the hub’s research providers has proven to be an effective way of building trust in the relevance of the hub and establishing research ‘champions’ outside of universities and government organisations.

The hub employs part-time research facilitators at NRM Regions Australia and the Indigenous Desert Alliance. They have held workshops and meetings with members of their respective stakeholder organisations and at their national conferences. Their research facilitation is ensuring that our projects are developed in response to user needs and feature ongoing collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The long-term impact of research investment

The Fitzroy River in WA's Kimberley region.

The National Environmental Science Program (NESP) is the current iteration of a long-term investment in research by the Australian Government that began in 2006. Research impact often occurs after projects end, with the publication of scientific papers that are integrated into the body of knowledge and continue to influence policy and paradigms.

At least 29 scientific papers arising from research conducted under the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub (NAERH) during the first phase of NESP have been published since that hub finished at the end of 2021. This is more than one-quarter of the total number of papers (110) published (so far) from that hub’s research, highlighting that research outputs continue to be produced well beyond the life of a hub.

The hub’s dedicated researchers represent a significant value-add for the program by continuing to analyse data and publish manuscripts long after their funding is finished. These papers from the last 17 years of continuous research funding continue to be published and accessible for posterity on our website.

Innovative, accessible science communication

Screenshot of gamba grass website

The Resilient Landscapes Hub is dedicated to finding innovative and effective ways to communicate its research findings and ensure they are publicly available for posterity.

While our research outputs are always co-designed with key research users to meet their needs, our mandate to make outputs and resources publicly available means that other decision-makers and land managers can access the hub’s research and use it to make evidence-based decisions – both now and in the future. An example of this is a new website synthesising more than 2 decades of research into the weed gamba grass.

The hub is also committed to empowering others to communicate science better by developing and providing resources, such as our symbol library, to hub researchers and others with the goal of elevating science communication and making it credible, accessible and relatable.



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