Project 4.9.7

Understanding and monitoring social resilience in the Great Barrier Reef region

Project Leaders: Prof Helen Ross, UQ, Dr Tim Lynam, CSIRO & Dr Margaret Gooch, JCU

MTSRF-funded researchers working on this project have sought to develop a framework and set of indicators that would enable regional natural resource management bodies or state government agencies to explore the likely impacts of interventions such as financial incentives or regulations on the adaptive abilities of society. The objective of this research was to develop, test, and refine a conceptual framework and indicators of regional-scale social resilience in the Great Barrier Reef region. A conceptual model of social resilience has been developed, as well as some preliminary indicators of social resilience. This provides potential users with sufficient information on the conceptual model and draft indicators to enable them to provide researchers with comments and critical feedback to improve both the model and the indicators. A two-stage process of data collection and analysis has identified the “current best” set of 20 indicators of social resilience to environmental and/or social change in the Great Barrier Reef region.





Project 4.9.7 CSIRO Stone-Jovicich, S. et al. (2010) Tools for assessing consensus and adoption of management practices (cigarette butt litter disposal)

Report on Phase 1 of project data collection, March 2010. This project update describes the first phase of data collection for this MTSRF Project 4.9.7 extension project, the objective of which is to test a methodology, consensus analysis, developed in cognitive anthropology. In summary, the project aims to determine a range of beliefs held by Townsville cigarette smokers in relation to (a) the contributions smokers' actions make to reducing cigarette butt litter; (b) the outcomes that will be achieved through smokers' adopting improved practices; (c) smokers' ability to implement the desired actions or activities; (d) The full consequences of smokers' decisions and actions to reduce butt litter; and (e) smokers' values regarding the reduction of cigarette butt litter and the activities they are expected to adopt to achieve that output.


Project 4.9.7 JCU Gooch, M. (2008) Why community perceptions about social resilience in relation to water quality are important

Project PowerPoint presentation for the 3rd National Education Conference of the Australian Water Association, Gold Coast International Hotel, Surfers Paradise, 30 March - 2 April 2008.


Project 4.9.7 UQ Cuthill, M. (2008) Reporting social outcomes of development: an analysis of diverse approaches

A project update detailing a conceptual framework for regional monitoring and reporting of social resilience and how individuals, communities and societies adapt, transform, and potentially become stronger when faced with environmental, social, economic or political challenges.


Project 4.9.7 UQ Maclean, K. et al (2008) Regional Level Indicators of Social Resilience

A project update on 'Regional Level Indicators of Social Resilience' as presented at the September 2008 Steering Committee meeting.


Project 4.9.7 CSIRO Alexandridis, K. (2007) Monte Carlo Extreme Event Simulations for Understanding Water Quality Change Classifications in the Great Barrier Reef Region

Report prepared by K. Alexandridis, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.