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Managing the interface between humans and nature: a governance perspective

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posted on 2021-06-09, 09:53 authored by MICHAEL FREDERICK SPENCER
This thesis is concerned with governance arrangements that manage the interface between humans and nature. It explores why existing arrangements fail to provide stewardship of natural resources through three case studies: forests management in Australia, and water management in Australia and China. It focuses on three forms of governance: command and control, markets and collaboration. The thesis is interested in whether collaborative governance could be better utilised to enhance stewardship and explores the opportunities and constraints this form of governance faces in the context of the case studies. Based on qualitative and quantitative research in Australia and China, it builds a provisional model for water stewardship projects and proposes other measures that could address constraints faced by collaborative governance.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Alice De Jonge

Additional supervisor 1

Janet Stanley

Additional supervisor 2

Michael Duffy

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Business Law and Taxation


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Business and Economics