I am a human geographer with a background in environmental science, migration studies and international development currently working as an Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. I research social aspects of environmental issues, particularly at the household scale.
My primary interests lie in the linkages between environmental change, natural hazards, and human migration/displacement as well as how social and cultural relationships with nature can shape and influence environmental protection and agriculture. I am currently conducting research about ethnically diverse perspectives on the Australian environment, focusing on rural Victoria.
Between 2012 and early 2016 I worked in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong (UOW), where I am currently an Honorary Associate Fellow. There I worked on a range of research projects including 'PetaJakarta’ which is assessing the role of social media for civic co-management during monsoon flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, ‘Mangrove Blue Carbon Futures’ which is exploring opportunities for carbon sequestration in mangrove ecosystems in Oceania, Asia and South America; and ‘Coexisting with fire: managing risk and amenity at the rural/urban interface’ which examined bushfire risk and amenity values of residents living in New South Wales. With a view to understanding how coastal populations are impacted by and respond to increasing saltwater intrusion, my PhD (awarded in 2014) focused on environmental/agricultural change and human migration in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
I have over four years of field-based experience conducting research in Southeast Asia and Pacific region. Additionally, I have a further six years of professional experience working on migration and refugees issues through my former employment with the Australian High Commissions in Ottawa, Canada and London, United Kingdom; the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany; and, the (formerly-named) Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in Canberra, Australia.
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Recognising knowledge transfers in 'unskilled' and 'low-skilled' international migration: ..
Cultivating Engagements: Ethnic Minority Migrants, Agriculture, and Environment in the Mur..
Human mobility and environmental change: a survey of perceptions and policy direction
Bringing Together Landless Farmers and Unused Farmland: The Sunraysia Burundian Garden and..
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Bringing Together Landless Farmers and Unused Farmland: The Sunraysia Burundian Garden and Food Next Door Initiative
O Dun, Deborah Bogenhuber, Lesley Head, Joselyne Kadahari, Natascha Klocker, John Niyera, Joel Sindayigaya
Book Chapter | 2018
This book is a critical reflection on the past and the present of urban food growing in Australia, as well as a map and a passiona..
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Research Fellow In Transformative Mobilities
Geographical Society of New South Wales (GSNSW)
Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Sydney
Master of Arts (Forced Migration, Asylum and Refugees)
Charles Sturt University
Bachelor of Science (Environmental)
University of Sydney