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Biography

After gaining my PhD in 2002, I was offered a shortterm appointment with Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program, ANU, then taught briefly at Monash University before taking up an appointment as an online educational designer at Charles Darwin University. At CDU I worked on a range of online projects including Cross-cultural engagement for natural resource mangers; Tour guide training for Kakadu and Uluru-Kata-Tjuta national parks; and Fire ecology and management in northern Australia. I was award the ASCILITE Prize for ‘exemplary use of electronic technologies in teaching and learning in tertiary education’ in 2005. In 2006 I joined the University of Newcastle where I teach in geography and environmental studies. On my appointment I was awarded the role of convenor of postgraduate coursework programs in Environmental Management. In this role I have redesigned an developed the postgraduate courses and programs which are now offered fully online.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University, 14/10/2002
  • Master of Environmental Science, Monash University, 14/12/1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 14/05/1975

Research

Research keywords

  • Australian landscapes and identities
  • contemporary social and cultural theory
  • cultural geographies of nature
  • cultures of environmental regulation
  • geographies of belonging
  • human-animal relations

Research expertise

My research is located at the intersection of cultural studies, environmental studies and geography. I am particularly interested in the key roles that belonging, identity and place play in questions of biodiversity management, environmental regulation and sustainability. Exploring the complex relations between people, animals, land and place requires a multivalent approach, and I draw on a diverse and rich theoretical landscape including non representational theory, postcolonial studies, and performativity. My recent work focuses on critical questions of nature-society delineation and aims to explore the active engagements of bodies, text, land and non-humans that shape Australian landscapes and everyday engagements with them. This approach has led me to work on dingoes, landscapes of detention, fencelines, national parks and northern Australian perspectives. Current research explores socio-cultural dimensions of urban ecological restoration, human-plant relations and urban natures, especially urban parks.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160400Human Geography100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Institute of Australian Geographers

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Animals Study Group
  • Member - Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture - Australia-New Zealand

Editorial Board.

  • Member - GEOView

Awards

Prize

2005ASCILITE Prize ASCILITE prize for exemplary use of educational technologies in teaching and learning
ASCILITE (Australia)
This prize was awared for the overall high quality of an online educational package on Fire Ecology and Management In Northern Australia. The prize was adjudicated by an international panel of educational design and technology experts. ASCILITE is the pre-eminent Australian body for research and practice in tertiary educational design and technology.

Invitations

Unruly ecologies: Art and Biodiversity Symposium
SymbioticA, UWA, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2010
Children and Place Research Symposium
University of Canberra, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2010
Visiting research scholar
ANU, Australia (Invited visting scholar)
2004

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Program Convenor - Graduate Diploma, Master, and Master (honours) of Environmental Management

Program Convenor - Graduate Diploma, Master of Environmental and Business Management

Course coordinator - EMGT3070, ENVS2010

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • environmental planning, policy and legislation
  • social development and the environment
  • sustainability

Teaching expertise

Environmental legislation and planning, sustainability, Australian environmental history, cultural geographies of nature, environmental thought, socio-environmental issues

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Instone L, Mee KJ, Palmer J, Williams M, Vaughan N, Climate change adaptation and the rental sector, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 200 (2013) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Instone, Mee, 'Companion Acts and companion species: boundary transgressions and the place of dogs in urban public space', Animal Movements ¿ Moving Animals: essays on direction, velocity and agency in humanimal encounters, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala 229-250 (2011) [B2]

Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Instone L, 'Unruly grasses: Affective attunements in the ecological restoration of urban native grasslands in Australia', Emotion, Space and Society, 10 79-86 (2014) [C1]
2014Mee KJ, Instone L, Williams M, Palmer J, Vaughan N, 'Renting over troubled waters: An Urban political ecology of rental housing', Geographical Research, (2014)
2014Palmer J, Instone L, Mee KJ, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Green tenants: practicing a sustainability ethics for the rental housing sector', Local Environment, (2014)
2014Instone L, Sweeney J, 'Dog waste, wasted dogs: The contribution of human-dog relations to the political ecology of australian urban space', Geographical Research, (2014)
2014Jones RM, Instone L, Mee KJ, 'Making risk real: Urban trees and the ontological politics of risk', Geoforum, 56 211-225 (2014)
2012Instone LH, 'Living rock and human bird: An Antipodean refrain', Dialogues in Human Geography, 2 280-283 (2012) [C2]
2011Instone LH, 'Regulating Rover: legislating the public place of urban pet dogs', Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, 75-90 (2011)
2010Instone LH, 'Walking towards Woomera: Touring the boundaries of 'unAustralian geographies'', Cultural Geographies, 17 359-378 (2010) [C1]
2010Instone LH, 'Encountering native grasslands: Matters of concern in an urban park', Australian Humanities Review, 91-117 (2010) [C1]
2010Hillman M, Instone LH, 'Legislating nature for biodiversity offsets in New South Wales, Australia', Social & Cultural Geography, 11 411-431 (2010) [C1]
2009Instone LH, 'Northern belongings: Frontiers, fences, and identities in Australia's urban north', Environment and Planning A, 41 827-841 (2009) [C1]
2006Instone LH, 'Eating the Country', Journal of Australian Studies, Australia's Public Intellectual Forum, 135-141 (2006) [C1]
2004Instone L, 'Situating Nature: on doing cultural geographies of Australian nature', AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHER, 35 131-140 (2004) [C1]
2000Instone L, 'Dancing with dingoes: humans, animals and the Australian landscape', UTS Review, 6 165-175 (2000) [C1]
1998Instone L, 'The coyote's at the door: Revisioning human-environment relations in the Australian context', ECUMENE, 5 452-467 (1998)
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Conference (30 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Instone LH, Instone L, 'New environmental histories of the Anthropocene: reports from the coalface', Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions:The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture, Australia & New Zealand; an Environmental Humanities collaboratory with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800); and a Minding Animals, Australian National University (2014)
2013Taylor A, Instone LH, 'Risking attachments: Learning to inherit postcolonial multispecies worlds', http://aasgconference.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/abstract_details_8jul13v5.pdf, Sydney Unievrsity (2013) [E3]
2013Instone LH, Sweeney J, Sweeney J, 'Fido, faeces and fatality: the anxious political ecologies of human-dog cohabitation in Australian urban space', Abstracts: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2013, University of Western Australia (2013) [E3]
2013Instone LH, Mee K, Williams M, Palmer J, Vaughan N, Vaughan N, 'Renting over troubled water: an Urban Political Ecology of Rental Housing', Abstracts. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2013, University of Western Australia (2013) [E3]
2012Instone LH, Sweeney J, 'The trouble with dogs: 'Animalising' urban public space in the Australian city', Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference. Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Instone LH, 'Desire, destruction, delight and detestation: Situating human-grass relations in Australia', Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in World and Image. 4th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference. Abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012Instone LH, Mee KJ, Palmer J, Williams M, Naughan N, 'Rental housing, climate change and adaptive capacity: An asset-based approach', Climate Adaptation in Action 2012: Sharing Knowledge to Adapt. Conference Handbook, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012Palmer J, Instone L, Mee K, Williams M, Vaughan N, 'Mobilising the contribution of the rental sector to adaptive and resilient suburbs: an asset-based approach', Proceedings of the Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, Maquarie University, Sydney (2012)
2012Instone LH, 'Situating and securing native grasslands: affect and disturbance in urban ecological restoration', Proceedings of the Institute of British Geographers Conference, Edinburgh (2012)
2011Instone LH, 'Unruly grasses: Human-native grass entanglements in urban park space', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2011 Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2011Fisher K, Baker T, Instone LH, Mee KJ, McGuirk PM, Sherval M, et al., 'Kitchen stories: An introduction to the Situated Knowledge Production Sessions', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2011Lewis N, Baker T, Instone LH, Mee KJ, McGuirk PM, Sherval M, et al., 'Journeying towards propositions about situated knowledge practices', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference Abstracts, Wollongong (2011) [E3]
2011Instone LH, 'Regulating Rover: legislating the public place of urban pet dogs - a shared environment', Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Australian Animal study Group Conference, Griffith University Brisbane (2011)
2010Instone LH, Mee K, 'Doggy encounters: performing new pet relations in the park', Proceedings of New Zealand Geographical Society Conference, Cristchurch, New Zealand (2010)
2010Instone LH, Mee K, 'Doggy encounters: performing new pet relations in the park', Proceedings of Animal Movements: Moving Animals, Uppsala University, Sweden (2010)
2009Instone LH, Mee KJ, 'Doggy encounters: Performing new pet relations in the park', Minding Animals 2009. Oral Presentation Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Instone LH, 'Regulating Rover: Legislating the public place of urban pet dogs', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2009: Book of Abstracts, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E3]
2009Instone LH, '(In)temperature dreams: Tropicality, climate change and the northern 'food bowl'', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2009: Book of Abstracts, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E3]
2008Instone LH, 'If you go down to the woods park today...: Performing Flockhart Reserve', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2008: Abstracts, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E3]
2007Hillman M, Instone LH, 'Which Bank? Legislating nature for biodiversity offsets in New South Wales', Abstracts - Contemporary Geography for Australia. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2007) [E3]
2007Instone LH, 'The secret life of parks', Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment: Abstracts, Toronto, Ontario (2007) [E3]
2006Instone LH, 'Walking towards Woomera: Touring the Boundaries of 'UnAustralian Geographies'', Abstracts, Canberra, Australia (2006) [E3]
2006Instone LH, 'Northern belongings', Speaker Abstracts, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2006) [E3]
2005Instone L, 'Conversations beyond the classroom: Blogging in A Professional Development Course', Balance, Fidelity, Mobility: Maintaining the Momentum Conference Proceedings of ASCILITE 2005, Decemeber 4-7, 2005 http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/brisbane05/proceedings.shtml, Brisbane, Australia (2005) [E1]
2004Instone L, 'The educational possibilities of dis-comfort', Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference, Perth (2004) [E1]
2004Instone L, 'Walking towards Woomera', Speaker Abstract, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Adelaide (2004) [E3]
2003Instone L, 'T(r)opical translations: reterritorialising the space of biodiversity conservation', RMAP Working Paper No. 46 (2003) [E2]
2002Instone L, 'Shaking the ground of shifting cultivation: or why (do) we need alternatives to slash-and-burn''', RMAP Working Paper No. 43 (2002) [E2]
2002Instone L, 'Thinking across lines of difference', Speaker Abstract, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Canberra (2002) [E3]
2002Instone L, 'T(r)opical translations From jungle to biodiversity hotspot', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Canberra (2002) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$484,879

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2012 (2 grants)

Rental housing, climate change and adaptive capacity: a case study of Newcastle, NSW$195,519
Funding Body: NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility)

Project Team
Doctor Lesley Instone, Doctor Kathleen Mee
SchemeRole
Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$195,51920122012
GNo:G1101036

Placing companion animals in the city: towards the constructive co-habitation of humans and dogs in cities and towns$12,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Strategic Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020122012
GNo:G1401100

2010 (1 grants)

Strategic support to enhance collaborations and grants performances$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Pauline McGuirk, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Doctor Lesley Instone, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Meg Sherval, Doctor Sarah Wright
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102010
GNo:G1000678

2008 (1 grants)

Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Tasmania, 29/6/2008 - 3/7/2008$660
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$66020082008
GNo:G0189332

2007 (3 grants)

Enabling inter-agency data sharing to support the spatial analysis of social vulnerability in a transforming region$155,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Pauline McGuirk, Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King, Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$155,00020072010
GNo:G0187218

Enabling inter-agency data sharing to support the spatial analysis of social vulnerability in a transforming region$60,000
Funding Body: Regional Coordination Management Group

Project Team
Professor Pauline McGuirk, Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Robert King, Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020072009
GNo:G0188090

Nature Matters: Materiality and the more than human in cultural delta studies of the environment, Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Canada, 25/10/2007 - 28/10/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Lesley Instone
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0188037

2005 (1 grants)

Industry e-learing examplar project for National Park tour guide training $50,000
Funding Body: Australian Flexible Learning Framework

SchemeRole
Education GrantsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020052006
GNo:18079239
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions10
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.45

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Human Geography)Co-SupervisorThe Politics of Sustainable Development in Laos PDR: Imagining a Different Future
20132017PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorDominion Over all the Earth: Visualising the Tensions of Science and Sustainability in Contemporary Art Practice
20132017PhD (Human Geography)Principal SupervisorThe Sum of its Parts? Assemblage, Affect, and the Everyday Co-fabrication of the 'Urban Forest'
20122021PhD (Human Geography)Co-SupervisorSustainability, Stakeholders, and Peace: Using Peace Studies to Help Improve Stakeholder Consultation Processes in Natural Resource Management
20122016PhD (Human Geography)Co-SupervisorRefugees in Newcastle. Who cares?
20112015PhD (Human Geography)Principal SupervisorPerforming 'nature' in Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park through management
20072007Honours Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorEnvironmental values and biodiversity conservation in NSW: an evaluation of conservation values expresed in the Threatened Species Conservation Amendment (Bio-Banking) Bill 2006
20072007Honours Human Geography
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorEnvironmental values and biodiversity conservation in NSW
20002008PHD Human Geography
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorGovernance for sustainable regional development
20002008PHD Human Geography
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorGovernance for sustainable regional development

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011PhD (Human Geography)Co-SupervisorPost-human Geographies of the Southern Ocean
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Dr Lesley Instone

Work Phone(02) 4921 6637
Fax(02) 4921 5877
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaGeography and Environmental Studies
Office
SRR208,
Social Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/lesley-instone