Associate Professor Jennifer Carter

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Associate Professor Jennifer Carter

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Teaching areas

  • Human-environment relations
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
  • Animal Geographies
  • Rural and Regional Sustainability

Research areas

  • Indigenous people’s interests in environmental management
  • rural and regional community development
  • sense of place and place-identity
  • animal geographies and the human nature divide
  • the social dimensions of environmental management

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Profile

Associate Professor Jennifer Carter is Geography Discipline Leader at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in geographical research, which commenced with her work on animal geography. In that work, she identified the spatial, structural and material elements of a tourist landscape that affected seabird nesting. She has continued that focus, publishing and supervising on the topics of animal agency and human–nonhuman interaction. She then focused on Indigenous geography, critiquing and proposing environmental management structures and processes that were more inclusive of Aboriginal Australians. One of her key research areas remains in researching and supervising students to explore the ways in which colonialism affects Indigenous rights to land and the environment. Jennifer also conducts research in development geography in Africa and the Pacific region, understanding and advancing the needs and challenges faced by people and the environments in rural places; and researches and supervises how peoples’ notions of place are impacted by globalisation and environmental change.

Jennifer is a Council Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers and Editor of their national newsletter; and an elected Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She is also an Editorial Board Member of Review of International Geographical Education Online and an Executive Member of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sustainability Research Centre where she holds a position as co-leader of its first research theme, Indigenous Studies.

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Awards

  • 2011 Vice Chancellor's Medal for Research
  • Brian R King Memorial Research Award (1993), Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Indigenous peoples and the environment
  • rural places and change
  • animals and society

Research grants

 Project nameInvestigators  Funding bodyYear Focus 
Developing an integrated participatory guarantee system in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable production of high-value vegetable crops Carter J and Underhill S Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2012–2014 Coordinating small scale grower and local market needs to guarantee a market for produce and appropriate quality for markets
Developing markets and products for the Pacific Islands and PNG Canarium nut industry Wallace H, Carter J, Johns C, Jones K, Randall B, Raciti M, Viji I, Kalotop J, Tungon J  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research     2011–2014 Working with small scale growers and enterprises to establish social and cultural challenges to processing Canarium nut
Identifying the key social and economic factors for successful engagement in aquaculture ventures by Indigenous communities. Fleming A, Carne R, Altman J, Carter J Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 2010–2013 Explore, with members of two Northern Territory Indigenous communities, the social, cultural and economic factors that prevent or enable more equitable Indigenous participation in aquaculture.
Pacific Agribusiness Research and Development Initiative. Underhill S, Wallace H, Carter J Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2010–2014 Developing a range of sustainable and efficient food supply chains in various South Pacific countries and supporting leadership and change capacity in Pacific communities.
Processing of Canarium indicum nuts: adapting and refining techniques to benefit farmers in the South Pacific. Wallace H and Carter J Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2008–2010 This project developed a range of Canarium nut processing techniques and, following an action research approach, ensured that these techniques suited the social and cultural contexts of farmers and business groups in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Undergraduate Teaching and Learning about Indigenous Australia: Reconciliation in Action. Carter J, Hollinsworth D, Aberdeen L USC Open Learning and Teaching Grants Program 2011–2012 This project investigates the capacity of undergraduate teaching in Indigenous studies to equip students with a better knowledge and understanding about Indigenous peoples and their needs and therefore prepare students for a diverse workplace.
Indigenous attachment, engagement and protocol in natural and cultural resource management. Carter J and Hollinsworth D Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resources Management Inc. 2006–2007 This project explored the place-specific notions of Indigenous attachment to country and social relationships present, and represented these within community engagement processes and protocols specific to two Indigenous communities in the Burnett Mary region.
Enabling natural resource management organisations to effectively support weed management practices in urban, peri-urban and rural Southeast Queensland. Carter J. Southeast Queensland Catchments. 2006–2007 This project investigated farmers’ and tree-changers’ awareness about, and barriers to, effective weed management in peri-urban regions of southeast Queensland.
A pilot study into the potential dispersal of aquatic weeds by water birds. Carter J, and Tindale N. Southeast Queensland Catchments and the Norman Wettenhall Foundation 2006 This project investigated the interactions between water birds and aquatic weeds in southeast Queensland, and provided recommendations that will prevent the dispersal of these weeds by water birds.
Indigenous aspirations for participation in world heritage protection at Fraser Island. Carter J, Aberdeen L and Hollinsworth D. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internal Research Grants Scheme: Regional Research 2005 This project worked with traditional owners of Fraser Island and investigated the barriers to, and enablers of, their participation in environmental management of the island.
Enhancing heritage interpretation at Fraser Island. Aberdeen L, Carter J and Hollinsworth D. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internal Research Grants Scheme: Regional Research 2005 This project worked with traditional owners of Fraser Island to investigate their needs for cultural heritage protection and discuss the importance of protocols for working between indigenous traditional owners and others.
GIS modelling of raptor habitat: a scoping study on the Sunshine Coast. Carter J, Dyer P, and Tindale N. University Research Grant, University of the Sunshine Coast 2004 This project trialled the efficacy of GIS tools for protecting raptor habitat on the Sunshine Coast as an indicator of needs for conservation planning.
Resident Perceptions of Tourism and Tourist Development on the Sunshine Coast. Dyer P, Carter J, Sharma B and Dogan G. Internal Seed Research Grant, University of the Sunshine Coast 2004 In this project an extensive survey of Sunshine Coast residents was conducted to ascertain their views about tourism development.
Resident Perceptions of Tourism and Tourist Development on the Sunshine Coast. Dyer P, Carter J, Sharma B and Dogan G. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internal Research Grant, University of the Sunshine Coast 2004 In this project an extensive survey of Sunshine Coast residents was conducted to ascertain their views about tourism development.
Potential impacts of tourism on rare avian species and local communities on Navarino Island, Chile. Dyer P and Carter J. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internal Research Grant: External Competitive Grants, University of the Sunshine Coast 2004 Investigators visited Navarino Island, Chile, and conducted interviews and observations about current tourism planning and made recommendations for future tourism ventures at the island.

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