Dr Lesley Instone
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 6637|
|Fax||(02) 4921 5877|
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||SRR208, Social Sciences|
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.
- PhD, Monash University, 2002
- Master of Environmental Science, Monash University, 1985
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1975
- Australian landscapes and identities
- contemporary social and cultural theory
- cultural geographies of nature
- cultures of environmental regulation
- geographies of belonging
- human-animal relations
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
Centres and Groups
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
- Member - GEOView
ASCILITE Prize ASCILITE prize for exemplary use of educational technologies in teaching and learning
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.
Unruly ecologies: Art and Biodiversity Symposium
SymbioticA, UWA, Australia (Invited Presenter)
Children and Place Research Symposium
University of Canberra, Australia (Invited Presenter)
Visiting research scholar
ANU, Australia (Invited visting scholar)
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
- environmental planning, policy and legislation
- social development and the environment
Environmental legislation and planning, sustainability, Australian environmental history, cultural geographies of nature, environmental thought, socio-environmental issues