Stephanie Lavau is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Practice. Her research and teaching focus on social and cultural aspects of environment management, knowledge and governance, particularly in relation to ecosystem health, environmental risk, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management.
Stephanie's research interests include:
- policy-practice relations
- contemporary and historical nature-cultures
- knowledge practices
Stephanie's research is primarily qualitative and ethnographic, and is situated at the intersection of science and technology studies, human geography, and environmental sociology. She has studied sustainable river management in Australia (funded by an APA and CSIRO); the extension of biosecurity policy into food production and environmental management in Britain (funded by ESRC); the socio-technical challenges of biological control for crop protection in Britain (funded by Plymouth University); the role of biological indicators in lay and expert apprehensions of environmental change (funded by ISSR); and community engagement in waterways management (funded by Melbourne Water).
As a member of the Melbourne Waterways Research-Practice Partnership, Stephanie leads Theme 5: community engagement.
Stephanie returned to Australia from the UK in 2016, where she was a Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter and then a Lecturer in Human Geography at Plymouth University. She has previous professional experience in science communication and science policy in government and not-for-profit organisations.