Katie Moon

Senior Lecturer

Dr Katie Moon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.

Katie is committed to improving the health and quality of social-ecological systems. She focused her research into three main streams that support understanding and decision-making for equitable social-ecological outcomes. Katie is eager to work with new collaborators and available to supervisor Honours, Masters and PhD students. Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) under her supervision. If you are interested, please feel free to get in contact with Katie at k.moon@unsw.edu.au.

Stream 1: Environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship is an ethic that seeks cooperative, sustainable and equitable management of resources. Within a stewardship framework, all members of society have a responsibility to steward resources to ensure that both current and future generations can access the goods and services they need from ecosystems. Stewardship is also concerned with ensuring that ecosystems themselves can continue to function and provide life-supporting services for all species.

Katie is collaborating on two main projects that focus on more effective operationalization of stewardship. The first project explores the relationships between stewardship and property. Because the concept is concerned with the management of resources, it must engage with ‘property’ - the medium for allocating use rights in resources. By tying the concept to the framework of property rules, rights and duties, it becomes possible to identify who has a stewardship responsibility and to whom, and relatedly, how power over resources is distributed within a system. The second project examines the possibilities for stewardship outcomes over spatial and temporal scales. We have developed an 8-step approach to identifying beneficiaries related to the prevailing system of property rights. This approach makes it possible to identify the jurisdictional scale of resource inequalities, providing opportunities to increase the equitable distribution of goods and services through the application of appropriate policy instruments.

Recent or highly cited stewardship publications

Aligning ‘public good’ environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy

Is All Stewardship Equal? Developing a Typology of Stewardship Approaches

Security and equity of conservation covenants: contradictions of private protected area policies in Australia
 

Stream 2: Social science philosophy and methods

People are understood through the social sciences, by examining: what they think and why; their values, culture and perceptions; their knowledge of systems and processes; and what motivates them to adopt certain behaviours. Engaging with and interpreting social science research requires at least a basic understanding of the philosophical principles and theoretical assumptions of the discipline. Her work in this field supports effective engagement of the social sciences with the conservation agenda.

Two areas of interest in this space are improving the outcomes of social science in conservation and ecology disciplines, and combining methods in novel ways to create improved understandings of social-ecological systems. I have a particular interest in mental models research and am working on a number of projects in this area.

Recent or highly cited social science publications

A guide to understanding social science research for natural scientists

A guideline to improve qualitative social science publishing in ecology and conservation journals

Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology and methods (in press)

Using Multiple Methods to Understand the Nature of Relationships in Social Networks

Stream 3: Biodiversity conservation

The field of conservation biology is an action-oriented, values-based, behavioural discipline that seeks to re-imagine the future as “a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth”. This increasing focus on social and behavioural dimensions is critical to advancing the conservation agenda, because “conservation is a goal that can only be achieved by changing behavior”.

One of her current projects is with colleagues around the some of dominant assumptions made about the social dimensions of conservation. The value-laden nature of the discipline, combined with insufficient integration with the social sciences, has resulted in the manifestation of many and varied implicit assumptions about the social dimensions of conservation that can be problematic for conservation theory and practice. We examine their premises, then offer alternatives that might be useful. We anticipate that this contribution will improve engagement with social and behavioural disciplines and contribute to more effective conservation outcomes.

Recent or highly cited conservation publications

Participation in biodiversity conservation: Motivations and barriers of Australian landholders

A Landholder‐Based Approach to the Design of Private‐Land Conservation Programs:

Using quantitative influence diagrams to map natural resource managers’ mental models of invasive species management

Please get in contact with me if you would like copies of any of these manuscripts and visit my Google Scholar profile page for more publications: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=Hke8LxUAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters
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Moon K; Blackman D; Dickinson H, 2021, 'Mapping “Implementation System” Elements', in The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Springer International Publishing, pp. 597 - 614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29980-4_21
2021
Cocklin C; Moon K, 2020, 'Environmental Policy', in Kobayashi A (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edn. Original, Elsevier, San Diego, pp. 227 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-08-102295-5.10788-7
2020
Moon K; Blackman D; Dickinson H, 2020, 'Mapping “Implementation System” Elements', in Sullivan H; Dickinson H; Henderson H (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Springer, Online, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03008-7_21-1
2020
Blackman DA; Moon K; Harris S; Sarre SD, 2014, 'Chapter 12: Knowledge management, context and public policy: developing an analysis framework', in Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management, pp. 208 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783470426.00022
2014
Blackman D; Moon K; Harris S; Sarre S, 2014, 'Knowledge management, context and public policy: developing an analysis framework', in Örtenblad A (ed.), Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783470426.00022
2014
Blackman DA; Moon K; Harris S; Sarre SD, 2014, 'Knowledge management, context and public policy: developing an analysis framework', in Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management Adaptation and Context, Edward Elgar Publishing
2014
Moon KA; Cocklin C, 2012, 'Policy and management options for the mitigation of environmental change', in The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change Volume 1: Approaches, Evidences and Causes Volume 2: Human Impacts and Responses, SAGE
2012
Journal articles
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Moon K; Cvitanovic C; Blackman D; Scales IR; Browne NK, 2021, 'Five Questions to Understand Epistemology and Its Influence on Integrative Marine Research', Frontiers in Marine Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.574158
2021
Moon K; Marsh D; Cvitanovic C, 2021, 'Coupling property rights with responsibilities to improve conservation outcomes across land and seascapes', Conservation Letters, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12767
2021
Moon K; Browne NK, 2021, 'Developing shared qualitative models for complex systems', Conservation Biology, vol. 35, pp. 1039 - 1050, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13632
2021
Pérez-Hämmerle KV; Moon K; Possingham HP; Martinez-Harms MJ; Watson JEM, 2020, 'Eroded protections threaten U.S. forests', Science, vol. 370, pp. 921 - 922, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.abf5654
2020
Moon K, 2020, 'Understanding the Experience of an Extreme Event: A Personal Reflection.', One Earth, vol. 2, pp. 493 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.05.009
2020
Moon K; Guerrero A; Adams V; Biggs D; Blackman D; Craven L; Dickinson H; Ross H, 2019, 'Mental models for conservation research and practice', Conservation Letters, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12642
2019
Moon K; Blackman DA; Adams VM; Colvin RM; Davila F; Evans MC; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Bennett NJ; Dickinson H; Sandbrook C; Sherren K; St. John FAV; van Kerkhoff L; Wyborn C, 2019, 'Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, pp. 294 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13126
2019
Kidd LR; Garrard GE; Bekessy SA; Mills M; Camilleri AR; Fidler F; Fielding KS; Gordon A; Gregg EA; Kusmanoff AM; Louis W; Moon K; Robinson JA; Selinske MJ; Shanahan D; Adams VM, 2019, 'Messaging matters: A systematic review of the conservation messaging literature', Biological Conservation, vol. 236, pp. 92 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.020
2019
Gardner K; Dickinson H; Moon K, 2019, 'Re-orienting health systems through a commissioning approach: Finding solutions for improved consumer engagement', Health Research Policy and Systems, vol. 17, pp. 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12961-019-0471-9
2019
Moon K; Adams VM; Cooke B, 2019, 'Shared personal reflections on the need to broaden the scope of conservation social science', People and Nature, vol. 1, pp. 426 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10043
2019
Adams VM; Moon K; Álvarez-Romero JG; Bodin Ö; Spencer M; Blackman D, 2018, 'Using Multiple Methods to Understand the Nature of Relationships in Social Networks', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 31, pp. 755 - 772, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2018.1425514
2018
Peat M; Moon K; Dyer F; Johnson W; Nichols SJ, 2017, 'Creating institutional flexibility for adaptive water management: insights from two management agencies', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 202, pp. 188 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.059
2017
Nichols SJ; Barmuta LA; Chessman BC; Davies PE; Dyer FJ; Harrison ET; Hawkins CP; Jones I; Kefford BJ; Linke S; Marchant R; Metzeling L; Moon K; Ogden R; Peat M; Reynoldson TB; Thompson RM, 2017, 'The imperative need for nationally coordinated bioassessment of rivers and streams', MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, vol. 68, pp. 599 - 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15329
2017
Moon K; Blackman D; Adams V; Kool J, 2017, 'Perception matrices: An adaptation of repertory grid technique', Land Use Policy, vol. 64, pp. 451 - 460, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.03.023
2017
Moon K; Adams VM, 2016, 'Using quantitative influence diagrams to map natural resource managers’ mental models of invasive species management', Land Use Policy, vol. 50, pp. 341 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.10.013
2016
Jakku E; Thorburn PJ; Marshall NA; Dowd AM; Howden SM; Mendham E; Moon K; Brandon C, 2016, 'Learning the hard way: a case study of an attempt at agricultural transformation in response to climate change', Climatic Change, vol. 137, pp. 557 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1698-x
2016
Moon K; Brewer TD; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Adams V; Blackman D, 2016, 'A guideline to improve qualitative social science publishing in ecology and conservation journals', Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, vol. 21, pp. 17 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08663-210317
2016
Blackman D; Moon K; Brewer T; Sarre S, 2016, 'Environmental governance for urgent and uncertain problems', Biological Invasions, vol. 19, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-016-1351-7
2016
Cooke B; Moon K, 2015, 'Aligning ‘public good’ environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy', Ecological Economics, vol. 114, pp. 152 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.027
2015
Brewer TD; Moon K, 2015, 'Towards a functional typology of small-scale fisheries co-management informed by stakeholder perceptions: A coral reef case study', Marine Policy, vol. 51, pp. 48 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.020
2015
Moon K; Blackman D; Brewer T, 2015, 'Understanding and integrating knowledge to improve invasive species management', Biological Invasions, vol. 17, pp. 2675 - 2689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-015-0904-5
2015
Marshall NA; Dowd A-M; Fleming A; Gambley C; Howden M; Jakku E; Larsen C; Marshall PA; Moon K; Park S; Thorburn PJ, 2014, 'Transformational capacity in Australian peanut farmers for better climate adaptation', Agronomy for Sustainable Development, vol. 34, pp. 583 - 591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-013-0186-1
2014
Moon K; Blackman D, 2014, 'A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, pp. 1167 - 1177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12326
2014
Moon K; Adams VM; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Polyakov M; Mills M; Biggs D; Knight AT; Game ET; Raymond CM, 2014, 'A multidisciplinary conceptualization of conservation opportunity.', Conserv Biol, vol. 28, pp. 1484 - 1496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12408
2014
Higgins V; Dibden J; Potter C; Moon K; Cocklin C, 2014, 'Payments for Ecosystem Services, neoliberalisation, and the hybrid governance of land management in Australia', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 36, pp. 463 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.10.003
2014
Pearson LJ; Moon K, 2014, 'A novel method for assessing integration activities in landscape management', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 130, pp. 201 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.06.008
2014
Adams VM; Moon K, 2013, 'Security and equity of conservation covenants: Contradictions of private protected area policies in Australia', Land Use Policy, vol. 30, pp. 114 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.03.009
2013
Moon K, 2013, 'Conditional and resistant non-participation in market-based land management programs in Queensland, Australia', Land Use Policy, vol. 31, pp. 17 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.08.011
2013
Januchowski-Hartley SR; Moon K; Stoeckl N; Gray S, 2012, 'Social factors and private benefits influence landholders' riverine restoration priorities in tropical Australia.', J Environ Manage, vol. 110, pp. 20 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.05.011
2012
Moon K; Marshall N; Cocklin C, 2012, 'Personal circumstances and social characteristics as determinants of landholder participation in biodiversity conservation programs.', J Environ Manage, vol. 113, pp. 292 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.09.003
2012
Moon K; Cocklin C, 2011, 'Participation in biodiversity conservation: Motivations and barriers of Australian landholders', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 27, pp. 331 - 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.04.001
2011
Moon K; Cocklin C, 2011, 'A landholder-based approach to the design of private-land conservation programs.', Conserv Biol, vol. 25, pp. 493 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01639.x
2011
Organisational units
lensSchool of Business
lensPublic Service Research Group
Sub Theme
lensDiversity
lensEnvironment & Governance