Hanabeth Luke

Education and research interests

In addition to lecturing within the Geoscience centre, 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 Post 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 at the School of Environment, Science and Engineering in 2010.

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.


Journal articles

Luke H., Lloyd D., Boyd W., Den Exter K. (2014) Unconventional gas development: Why a regional community said no. Geographical Research. 52 (3)263-279. (2012 ERAID 2016 - FOR MD)

Luke H., Lloyd D., Boyd W., Den Exter K (2014) Improving conservation community group effectiveness using mind mapping and action research. Conservation and Society 12(1)43-53 (2012 ERAID 41637 - FOR 0502)

Lloyd, D., Luke, H. and Boyd, W.E. 2013. Community perspectives of natural resource extraction: coal-seam gas mining and social identity in Eastern Australia. Coolabah, 10, 144-164. Available from: http://www.ub.edu/dpfilsa/coola1012lloyd.pdf

Luke, H., den Exter, K., Lloyd, D., Boyd, B. and Roche, B., 2013. Developing the Lismore CSG Poll - A University/Local Government Collaboration. Journal of Social and Economic Social Policy, 15(3).