Adjunct Research Fellow
Dr Erin Smith completed her PhD studies at the University of Sydney with the thesis, ‘Structuring for serendipity: Family wealth creation, farmer autonomy and the pursuit of security in and uncertain Australian countryside’. Erin was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2014 to 2016 where she led the delivery of the University’s contribution towards the multi-institution ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Natural Resource Management in East Coast Australia’ project. In 2017, Erin embarked on a new role with Advisian, where she was promoted from Senior Consultant to Associate in a management consultancy capacity. Currently, Erin is a Principal at Aither, an advisory firm of water policy, water market and natural hazard specialists.
Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography), Syd; Master of Applied Science, Lincoln University; Bachelor of Recreation Management (Outdoor Leadership), Lincoln University; Graduate Certificate in Commerce (Business Management), Lincoln University.
- Environmental law and ethics
- Environmental and resource planning
- Geographical concepts, skills and methods
- Climate change adaptation
- Socio-economic impacts of climate change
- Natural resource management
- Agricultural management
- Rural and regional change
- Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists Alumni (2013-present)
- National Institute of Rural and Regional Australia (2011-present)
- Australasian Agrifood Research Network
- Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists – Science Program Scholar (2013)
- New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority Higher Degree Research Scholarship (2012)
- Student Paper Award, Rural Geography Specialty Group. Association of American Geographers Conference (2012)
- Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) – The University of Sydney
- Australian Research Council Linkage (2010)
- Lincoln University Postgraduate Writing Scholarship (2009)
- Lincoln University Graduate Scholarship (2006)
Key Research Publications
Carter, J & Smith, E 2016, ‘Spatialising the Melanesian Canarium industry: Understanding economic upgrading in an emerging industry among three Pacific small island states’, Geoforum, vol. 75, pp. 40-51.
Smith, E, Lieske, S, Keys, N & Smith, T 2016, ‘Rapid regional-scale assessments of socio-economic vulnerability to climate change’, Environmental Research Letters, 11.
Smith, E, Keys, N, Lieske, S & Smith, T 2015, ‘Assessing socio-economic vulnerability to climate change impacts and environmental hazards in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia’, Geographical Research, vol. 53(4), pp. 451-465.
Smith, E 2015, ‘Truck journeys and land parcels: Understanding the socio-economic organization of family farming through farm life histories’, The Professional Geographer, vol. 67(3), pp. 464-471.
Weller, S, Smith, E & Pritchard, B 2013, ‘Family or enterprise? What shapes the business structures of Australian farming?’, Australian Geographer, vol. 44(2), pp. 129-142.
Smith, E, Gidlow, B & Steel, G 2012, ‘Engaging adolescent participants in academic research: The use of photo-elicitation interviews to evaluate school-based outdoor education programmes’, Qualitative Research, vol. 12(4), pp. 567-587.
Smith, E, Steel, G & Gidlow, B 2010, ‘The temporary community: Student experiences of a school-based outdoor education programme’, Journal of Experiential Education, vol. 33(2), pp. 136-150.
Contact Dr Erin Smith via email firstname.lastname@example.org.