Hanabeth Luke
Dr Hanabeth Luke
BAppSc(SCU), BEnvSc(Hons)(SCU), GradCertEd(UPLY), PhD(SCU)
Current Appointment: Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Southern Cross GeoScience

Telephone: 02 66 269601
Email: hanabeth.luke@scu.edu.au
Location: O 01.13
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Hanabeth's research interests lie at the places where science, society, environment and industry intersect. Fittingly, her principle teaching role is Unit Assessor for Science in Society, a core unit of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Southern Cross University (SCU). She is the Athena SWAN Project Manager at SCU, working with our SCU Team on the SAGE Pilot, identifying and addressing any gender imbalances in STEMM departments at SCU.

Her previous and current research focus consist of:

- The role of social license in land use planning and management
- Community perceptions of natural resource management
- Barriers to farmer uptake of research and development
- Farmer succession planning strategies
- Equity in the STEMM environment
- Science communication
- Multidisciplinary research, including science communication across disciplines
Since 2011, Hanabeth has 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 deepen her knowledge and develop her teaching and research skills with the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.
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. Her PhD, titled: "The role of social license for industrial developments, with a case study of coal seam gas developments in the Northern Rivers", focused on the role of community input into government decision-making for land-use planning and natural resource management.

Contributing to this, she worked with stakeholder groups to develop the question for the 2012 Lismore City Council Poll on CSG, implementing an extensive community survey in order to explore voter motivations behind different 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.

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