Dr Meg Sherval

Dr Meg Sherval

Senior Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Geography and Environmental Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

 I was appointed to a tenured position at the University of Newcastle in July 2009 after 2 years as a Lecturer in the Department of Environment & Geography at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Research Expertise
Community engagement, Energy development,  Environmental law and ethics, Governance, Impacts of resource depletion, Land-use transformation, Mining impacts, Remoteness, Resource contestation, Resource nationalism, Rurality, Social and economic impacts of climate change.

Teaching Expertise
Climate Change Impacts, Environmental Ethics, Geopolitics, Land-use transformation, Rural, Resource & Energy Geography, Sustainability.

Administrative Expertise
Honours coordinator (Macquarie University 2008), Acting Honours Coordinator (UoN 2010). Course Convenor - ENVS 1003 - Environmental Values and Ethics, Lecturer in ENVS 1004 - Social Development and the Environment. Course Convenor - ENVS 2002 - Environmental Legislation and Planning and Lecturer in ENVS 2008 - The Sustainable Society. Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies Representative on the Program Management Committee for the B.A. Degree; B.Soc Sci Degree; B.Sci Degree and the BESM Degree. Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies Research Higher Degree Coordinator.

Collaborations
My research interests revolve around constructs of nature, resource use and the social, economic and political impacts of environmental change. At the core of my research is a desire to understand and explain the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural resource development. I am interested in the economic processes and cultural practices through which nature and the environment are visualised and enacted as resources for utilisation by humankind. I am also interested in what transitions need to be made when resource stocks begin to decline and communities are faced with an uncertain future. Through this focus on resources, my work problematises the treatment of the environment and the commodification of nature within modern economic development.

My geographic research interests are place-based and revolve around issues of land-use change and development of new and emerging energy sources both locally and internationally. In researching these issues, I seek to understand the complicated dynamics associated with energy development - how it is framed materially and discursively, the strategic decision-making around it and the contestation that exists over access to, and use of it and other resources and the natural environment more generally. The focus of my research therefore, is on furthering understanding of the intricacies involved in transition (particularly in rural and remote regions) and dealing with uncertainty, vulnerability and risk which remain important as communities grapple with the effects of climate change, land-use transformation and contested ideas around governance and the use of nature, resources and spaces in the globalizing world.

My work contributes to a robust tradition of critical geographical inquiry which recognises how 'natural resources are not naturally resources until human intervention'. It examines how resource geographies are structured in significant ways by economic, political, environmental, social and cultural processes and how new resource geographies are created by greenfields discoveries and the opening up of new energy frontiers. At the other end of the scale, my work examines life in resource-dependent communities during productive and post-productive stages and also considers what alternatives may exist for these communities in the future. This geographical focus therefore examines the complicated processes that produce nature and shape spaces and places, and engages with questions of knowledge, environmental governance, scarcity, vulnerability, transition and sustainability that are at the heart of modern environmental geography. It also examines the ongoing peripheralisation of remote, resource rich places by neoliberal corporate strategies and questions how the dynamics of climate change and globalisation might affect future decision-making. 

My research therefore aims to answer the following over-arching questions: - How does contestation over resources and territory manifest itself? - How is effective governance of energy development to be achieved? Is obtaining a social license to operate the key to acceptance of mining, oil sands production, CSG & Shale gas projects in rural & remote regions? - How do communities communicate their sense of place in a world where place erasure is becoming the norm? - What does the future hold for agriculturally-based industries and food security in Australia & elsewhere? - Is it possible to make the transition towards increasing climate extremes without enhancing more cumulative effects? - What might a move towards a sustainable future entail and can this be achieved in a world where energy security remains paramount?


Qualifications

  • PhD, Macquarie University
  • Master of Environmental Science, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Community engagement
  • Energy Development
  • Environmental Decision-Making
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Legislation (NSW)
  • Goverance
  • Land-use transformation
  • Legal Geography
  • Mining
  • Resource and Environmental Geography
  • Rural Geography
  • Sustainability

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/02/2016 - 15/02/2020 External Supervisor - Griffith University Graduate Research School Griffith University
Griffith School of Environment
Australia
1/11/2014 -  Councillor Geographical Society of NSW
Australia
1/01/2013 -  Membership - Corporate Governance and Sustainability International Group (CGSIG) Corporate Governance and Sustainability International Group (CGSIG)
Australia
1/01/2013 -  Membership - International Society for Environmental Ethics International Society for Environmental Ethics
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Membership - The National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia The National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia
Australia
1/07/2011 -  Convener Rural Geography Study Group
Institute of Australian Geographers
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Membership - Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Membership - Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Adaptation to Climate Change (SEI) Network Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Adaptation to Climate Change (SEI) Network
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Membership - International Arctic Social Sciences Association International Arctic Social Sciences Association
Australia
1/07/2007 - 1/07/2009 Lecturer B Macquarie University
Department of Environment and Geography
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/12/2003 Associate Lecturer A Macquarie University
Department of Human Geography
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership - Institute of Australian Geographers Institute of Australian Geographers
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
24/02/2016 - 24/03/2020 Member Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers
United Kingdom
24/02/2016 - 24/03/2020 Member Regional Studies Association
United Kingdom

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 2016 Visiting Academic Fellowship to St. Mary's College, Durham University, UK
Durham University

Recognition

Year Award
2011 2011 Teaching and Learning Award
Unknown

Invitations

External Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2012 Fostering Climate-Change Adaptation in Rural Alaska through Boundary Spanning Collaborations and Knowledge-sharing Networks
Organisation: The National Science Foundation Description: As a researcher on the impacts of Arctic climate change, I was asked to review a proposal submitted to the interagency Arctic Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (ArcSEES) grant scheme, which is part of a new NSF intiative to encourage and support interdisciplinary scientific perspectives on the long-term sustainability of our planet.

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2012 'A Sustainable Agricultural Future for the Hunter Valley - Fact or Fiction?'
Organisation: The National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Sherval M, The Geopolitics of Gold - Narratives of Globalisation and Remote Resource Economies, VDM Verlag, Saarbruecken, Germany, 425 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Askew LE, Sherval M, McGuirk PM, ''Not just drought'. Drought, Rural Change and More: Perspectives from Rural Farming Communities.', Rural Change in Australia: Population, Economy, Environment, Ashgate, Farnham 235-253 (2014) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ey M, Sherval M, 'Exploring the minescape: Engaging with the complexity of the extractive sector', Area, 48 176-182 (2016)

© 2016 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).This paper introduces the concept of the minescape as a conceptual and imaginative tool through whic... [more]

© 2016 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).This paper introduces the concept of the minescape as a conceptual and imaginative tool through which to integrate and represent growing shifts in the way natural resource extraction is understood. In recent years, traditional perceptions of extractive processes as 'natural' and purely economic in nature have been increasingly challenged by new developments within the fields of human geography and anthropology. Likewise, growing insights into the multifaceted socio-cultural terrain of extractive operations, and burgeoning work on the interplay of materiality and discourse within the extractive sector, have also transformed the way that extractive processes (and their potentialities) are being conceptualised. The concept of the minescape aims to draw together significant insights concerning the extractive sector, which are increasingly being deployed when representing extractive spaces. Appropriating the term from its current use in fine art, the minescape joins a number of recent appropriations of the 'scapes' suffix to capture the expanding analytical scope of extractive sector inquiry. In essence, the minescape stands as a representational tool that underscores the intricate ways in which extractive processes are imbued with complex socio-cultural dynamics, and powerful material and discursive elements.

DOI 10.1111/area.12245
2015 Sherval M, 'Canada's oil sands: The mark of a new 'oil age' or a potential threat to Arctic security?', The Extractive Industries and Society, 2 225-236 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.exis.2015.01.011
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Sherval M, Hardiman K, 'Competing Perceptions of the Rural Idyll: responses to threats from coal seam gas development in Gloucester, NSW, Australia.', Australian Geographer, 45 185-203 (2014) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 2
2013 Sherval M, Graham N, 'Missing the Connection: How SRLU Policy fragments landscapes and communities in NSW', Alternative Law Journal, 38 176-180 (2013) [C1]
2013 Sherval M, 'Arctic Alaska's role in future United States energy independence', Polar Geography, 36 305-322 (2013) [C1]

For decades, Arctic Alaska has provided US mainland states with plentiful oil supplies. As reserves in the Prudhoe Bay fields decrease, however, the USA has been forced to conside... [more]

For decades, Arctic Alaska has provided US mainland states with plentiful oil supplies. As reserves in the Prudhoe Bay fields decrease, however, the USA has been forced to consider new options to guarantee the nation's energy security. While debates continue to rage about its reliance on foreign oil, increased prices, consumption levels, and climate change, the USA is now contemplating whether predicted new discoveries might actually allow it to become an exporter rather than importer of oil and gas in the near future. This paper considers the role Arctic Alaska might play in helping secure future US energy security and independence. It also considers what other options exist for securing the State of Alaska's own future post-Prudhoe Bay. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/1088937X.2013.827756
Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Bartel R, Graham N, Jackson S, Prior JH, Robinson DF, Sherval M, Williams S, 'Legal geography: An Australian perspective', Geographical Research, 51 339-353 (2013) [C1]

Law is a powerful influence on people and place. Law both creates and is created by the relationship between people and place, although it rarely acknowledges this. Law frequently... [more]

Law is a powerful influence on people and place. Law both creates and is created by the relationship between people and place, although it rarely acknowledges this. Law frequently operates as if space does not matter. Law and legal processes, therefore, deserve greater attention from geographers. Legal geography is an emerging field of inquiry that facilitates much-needed attention to the interrelationships among the environment, people and social institutions, including formal laws but also informal rules, norms and lore. Legal geographers seek to make the invisible visible: to bring the law into the frame of geography, and space and place into focus for the law. Both critical and applied in approach, legal geography offers descriptive, analytical and normative insight into economics, justice, property, power, geopolitics, governance and scale. As such it can enrich most areas of geographic inquiry as well as contribute to current policy debates about the regulation of space and place. Legal geography is a way for enlarged appreciations of relationality, materiality, multiscalarity and agency to be used to interrogate and reform the law. This introduction to a special 'themed paper' section of Geographical Research provides a window on legal geography scholarship, including its history, contribution and ambition. The papers in the collection explore issues grounded in the legal geographies paradigm, variously analysing matters empirically detailed while engaging in broader, theoretical debates and using both Australian and international case studies. © 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers.

DOI 10.1111/1745-5871.12035
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 3
2012 Sherval M, Greenwood A, ''Drought-proofing' regional Australia and the rhetoric surrounding Tillegra Dam, NSW', Australian Geographer, 43 253-271 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2012 Sherval M, Askew LE, 'Experiencing 'drought and more': Local responses from rural Victoria, Australia', Population and Environment, 33 347-364 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2012 Askew LE, Sherval M, 'Short-term emergency or recurring climatic extreme: A rural town perspective on drought policy and programs', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71 290-302 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2012.00774.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011 Sherval M, 'Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (Book review)', Geographical Research, 49 444-446 (2011) [C3]
2009 Sherval M, 'Report on the Particles in the Atmosphere - Upper Hunter Workshop - 14 August 2009 - Singleton, NSW', Air Quality and Climate Change, 43 11-12 (2009) [C3]
2009 Sherval M, 'Review of 'From Venus to Antarctica: The Life of Durmont D'Urville' [Book Review]', The Globe, 62 56-57 (2009) [C3]
2009 Sherval M, 'Introducing the 'tee' change-marketing, management and planning implications', Australian Planner, 46 47-52 (2009)
DOI 10.1080/07293682.2009.9995311
2009 Sherval M, 'Managing the Tee Change - Marketing, Management and Planning Implications', Australian Planner, 46 47-52 (2009) [C1]
2009 Sherval M, 'Native Alaskan engagement with social constructions of rurality', Journal of Rural Studies, 25 425-434 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2009.05.005
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2008 Sherval M, 'Gold in Russia: risks and rewards', Mining Journal London, 19 23-24 (2008) [C2]
2007 Sherval M, 'Regional development and government reforms in the Chinese gold mining industry', AusIMM Bulletin, 56-59 (2007) [C2]

For decades Western companies desired access to China's lucrative markets and its expansive resource base, imagining the large profits to be made and the increased international r... [more]

For decades Western companies desired access to China's lucrative markets and its expansive resource base, imagining the large profits to be made and the increased international reputations that could be established. More recently, through a series of economic liberalisation moves, China itself has sought to open its doors and to engage more fully with the globalising economy. One industry where this has been most apparent is the fledgling gold mining industry which over the past decade has grown from strength to strength.

2007 Sherval M, 'Sovereign Risk in the Russian Federation', Resource Stocks, Oct 9-10 (2007) [C2]
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Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Sherval M, Askew LE, McGuirk PM, 'The Human Cost of Drought (2014) [D2]
2014 Sherval M, Askew LE, McGuirk PM, 'Manifestations of Drought (2014) [D2]

Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Sherval M, 'Energising the countryside: Competing visions of land use in Narrabri Shire, NSW, Australia' (2016)
2015 Sherval M, 'Territorial nationalism or everyday polar geopolitics? Merits of a flexible approach to achieving Arctic governance.', Institute of Australian Geographers (2015) [O1]
2014 Asaduzzaman M, Momtaz S, Sherval M, 'Climate change impact on Women's Livelihood in Bangladesh: Vulnerabilities versus Adaptabilities.', Climate Adaptation 2014 - Future Challenges. Program & Abstracts (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Salim Momtaz
2013 Sherval M, Graham N, 'Strategic Regional Land Use Planning in the Hunter Valley: Protection or Erosion of Hunter Place Values?', Multi-Speed Planet: Multi Speed Geographies? Proceedings of the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (2013) [E3]
2012 Sherval M, 'Perceived Threats to the Viability of Rural Industries from CSG in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia', From Crisis to Opportunities: Proceedings of the XIIIth World Congress of Rural Sociology (2012) [E3]
2012 Sherval M, 'Perceived Threats to the Viability of Rural Industries in the Hunter Valley, NSW', Inspiring Connections: Proceedings of the 2012 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (2012) [E3]
2011 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought and resilience: A case study of two rural communities in regional Victoria', Greenhouse 2011: The Science of Climate Change Conference Handbook (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2011 Sherval M, ''Drought and more' hindering barriers to development in rural Victorian towns', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2011 Abstracts (2011) [E3]
2011 Fisher 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 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Wright, Lesley Instone
2011 Lewis 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 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Wright, Lesley Instone
2010 Sherval M, 'Polarising Politics: Territorialisation of the Arctic', - (2010) [E3]
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought and the future of small inland towns', 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. Conference Handbook (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Clifton C, Austin EK, et al., 'Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia', Southern Exposure. Australia-New Zealand Climate Forum 2010. Conference Handbook (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Verdon, Anthony Kiem
2003 Sherval M, 'Remoteness and Marginality - Gold mining on the Northern Pacific Rim', New Zealand Geographical Society Conference Proceedings (2003) [E1]
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Sherval M, Phelan L, 'Opinion: Clever Country Dreams Fade', ( pp.19). Newcastle: Newcastle Herald (2014)
Co-authors Liam Phelan

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Kiem AS, Askew LE, Sherval M, Verdon-Kidd DC, Austin EK, McGuirk PM, Berry HL, 'Drought and the future of rural communities: Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia. Report for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia', NCCARF: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 122 (2010) [R1]
Co-authors Anthony Kiem, Danielle Verdon
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $153,355

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $49,923

Attitudes to Changing Land Use - the Narrabri Shire$49,923

Funding body: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Funding body NSW Department of Primary Industries
Project Team Doctor Hedda Askland, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Meg Sherval, Doctor Julia Coffey, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Doctor Michael Askew
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401491
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20111 grants / $9,555

Perceived risks to potential organic crop production from coal-seam gas exploration$9,555

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Meg Sherval
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1101149
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20103 grants / $93,877

Drought and the future of small inland towns$80,000

Funding body: NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility)

Funding body NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility)
Project Team Doctor Anthony Kiem, Doctor Meg Sherval, Professor Garry Willgoose, Professor Pauline McGuirk, Conjoint Associate Professor Helen Berry, Doctor Danielle Verdon-Kidd
Scheme Synthesis and Integrative Research Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900227
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Strategic support to enhance collaborations and grants performances$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Pauline McGuirk, Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Doctor Lesley Instone, Associate Professor Kathleen Mee, Doctor Meg Sherval, Doctor Sarah Wright
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000678
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Evolving environmental geopolitics - territorialisation of the Arctic through increased resource nationalism$3,877

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Meg Sherval
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000626
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Confronting Coal and Gas: Reconceptualising Gendered Narratives of Place, Identity and Resistance to Extractive Projects in New South Wales
PhD (Human Geography), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD The Politics of Sustainable Development in Laos PDR: Imagining a Different Future
PhD (Human Geography), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Violence and the Orange Roughy: pathways to mourning in human-non-human relations
PhD (Human Geography), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Livelihood Vulnerability of Women in the Context of Climate Change Impacts: Insights from Coastal Bangladesh
PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2008 PhD Understanding the Commonwealth Intervention in Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory
Human Geography, Macquarie University
Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Local Attitides to Changing Land Use in Narrabri Shire 2015 - 2016

This is a collaborative research project between the University of Newcastle's Centre for Social Research in Energy and Research, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The project analyses attitudes to changing land use in the Narrabri Shire and considers how such attitudes align with various socioeconomic variables and historical experiences of land use and land use change. Recommendations are made on how governments might further their support of regional communities in the context of future and ongoing land use changes.


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Dr Meg Sherval

Position

Senior Lecturer
CURS
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Geography and Environmental Studies

Contact Details

Email meg.sherval@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 61 2 4921 6809
Fax (02) 4921 5877

Office

Room SR297
Building SR (Social Sciences) 297
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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