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  • Social aspects of water (Vulnerability to water related risks)
  • Social vulnerability to environmental change (Natural hazards and climate change)



  • Fiona Miller has considerable experience conducting research on the social dimensions of environmental change in the Asia Pacific, notably Vietnam and Australia. She has applied and theoretically-informed knowledge of natural resources management and development, specialising in social vulnerability, water resources management, sustainable livelihoods and community participation.

    Fiona is currently a Future Generation Fellow in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at The University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up this appointment Fiona was a Research Fellow in the Risk, Livelihoods and Vulnerability Programme of the Stockholm Environment Institute. During her time at SEI she was Programme Manager for the Sida-funded programme "Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in the Tsunami-Affected Region". She also led a number of projects within the "Poverty and Vulnerability Programme" and was initially involved in the establishment of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Fiona has also worked as a lecturer in Human Geography at Macquarie University and prior to this had a long association with the Australian Mekong Resource Centre, the University of Sydney as a researcher and administrator.

    Fiona has a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sydney for her research on the political ecology of risk and society - water relations in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam, and also holds a B.A. (Hons) in geography and government.

    Fiona’s research interests include social vulnerability, resilience, political ecology, water resources management, environmental risk, sustainable livelihoods and community participation. She is currently pursuing research on social vulnerability to environmental change with a focus on water stress.   


Member of

  • Institute of Australian Geographers. Member 2008 -
  • Department of Geography. Associate 2005 - 2008


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Revealing Hidden Waters - Socio-cultural perspectives on water planning, management and practice:
    an inter-disciplinary study of water on the margins of Melbourne, The University of Melbourne Inter-disciplinary Seed Funding Grant (2010) (Co-ordinating Investigator)

    Limits of resilience: integrating empirical research with theory, The University of Melbourne Inter-disciplinary Seed Funding Grant (2010) (Team Member)

    Early Career Researcher Grant, The University of Melbourne (2009-2010)

    Future Generation Fellowship, The University of Melbourne (2007-2010)

    Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (2004-2007)



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2003
  • BA (HONS), University of Sydney 1993



Available for supervision

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