Sonia Graham

Lecturer Social Reserach and Policy
Senior Lecturer

Sonia's research seeks to understand the ways in which environmental policies affect people, particularly rural residents, and the ways in which relationships between individuals and governments affect the management of natural resources. She applies this knowledge to inform fair and effective solutions to a range of environmental problems, including water resource management, weed managment, and climate change.

Sonia's research primarily focuses on concepts such as collective action, trust, power, fairness, legitimacy and values. In conducting this research she seeks to bring together insights from social and biophysical sciences as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Current research projects

Benchmarking weed hygiene in NSW: current knowledge and adoption of best practices among land managers, contractors and transport industries

Weed management guidelines emphasise the importance of weed hygiene—cleaning vehicles, machinery and equipment, and taking precautions in fodder and animal transport. This study aims to explore the extent to which public and private land managers, weed contractors, and agricultural transport companies know about, practice, and support good weed hygiene practices.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

Kaitlyn Height, PhD, The role of social norms in the development of collective action for agricultural weed management

AKM Nuruzzaman, PhD, Social vulnerability to climate change and microfinance organisations

Teaching

Teaching areas

SRAP2002 - Policy Analysis Case Studies

SRAP3002 - Social Science and Policy Project

SRAP5102 - Reserach design

SRAP5103 - Research report


Subject areas

Publications

Book Chapters
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2018, 'Fair for whom? How residents and municipalities evaluate sea-level rise policies in Botany Bay, Australia', in Jafry T (ed.), , Routledge, pp. 313 - 329,
2018
Kreller AM; Graham S, 2018, 'Fair for whom? How residents and municipalities evaluate sea-level rise policies in Botany Bay, Australia', in Jafry T (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, Routledge, pp. 313 - 329,
2018
2017, 'Justice approaches: methods and methodology in environmental justice research', in lukasiewicz A; dovers S; Robbin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), Natural Resources and Environmental Justice Australian Perspectives, CSIRO PUBLISHING, pp. 39 - 39
2017
2017, 'Accounting for justice in local government responses to sea-level rise: evidence from two local councils in Victoria, Australia', in Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), Natural Resources and Environmental Justice Australian Perspectives, CSIRO PUBLISHING, Clayton South, pp. 91 - 103
2017
2017, 'Current status and future prospects for justice research in environmental management', in Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), Natural Resources and Environmental Justice Australian Perspectives, CSIRO PUBLISHING, pp. 263 - 266
2017
Graham S; Barnett J, 2017, 'Accounting for justice in local government responses to sea-level rise: evidence from two local councils in Victoria, Australia', in Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES, CSIRO PUBLISHING, Australian Natl Univ, Fenner Sch Environm & Soc, Canberra, AUSTRALIA, pp. 91 - 103,
2017
Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; Mckay J; Schilizzi SG M; Graham S, 2017, 'Current status and future prospects for justice research in environmental management', in Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES, CSIRO PUBLISHING, Australian Natl Univ, Fenner Sch Environm & Soc, Canberra, AUSTRALIA, pp. 263 - 266,
2017
Graham S; Baldwin C; McKay J; Jackson S, 2017, 'Justice approaches: methods and methodology in environmental justice research', in Lukasiewicz A; Dovers S; Robin L; McKay J; Schilizzi S; Graham S (ed.), NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES, CSIRO PUBLISHING, Australian Natl Univ, Fenner Sch Environm & Soc, Canberra, AUSTRALIA, pp. 39 - 57,
2017
Graham S; McGinness HM; O'Connell DA, 2010, 'How useful is seasonal climate forecasting for tree planting decisions in south-eastern Australia? Perspectives from local knowledge experts', in Handbook on Agroforestry: Management Practices and Environmental Impact, Nova Publishers, New York, pp. 407 - 424
2010
McGinness HM; O'Connell DA; Graham S, 2009, 'EUCALYPT SEEDLING ESTABLISHMENT AND THE EFFECTS OF WATER SUPPLY AND DEMAND - PAST RESEARCH TRENDS AND PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE', in Kellimore LR (ed.), HANDBOOK ON AGROFORESTRY: MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, edn. Environmental Science Engineering and Technology, NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, INC, pp. 275 - 299,
2009
Conference Papers
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2018, 'Enhancing Biosecurity and Social Capital in Rural Management Mosaics', in Paul Carril V; Lois González RC; Trillo Santamaría JM; Haslam McKenzie F (eds.), Infinite Rural Systems in a Finite Planet: Bridging Gaps towards Sustainability, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Publicacions, Santiago de Compostela, pp. 195 - 202, presented at 26th Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, Santiago de Compostela, 16 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
2018
Graham S, 2018, 'Enhancing Biosecurity and Social Capital in Rural Management Mosaics', in Paul Carril V; Lois González RC; Trillo Santamaría JM; Haslam McKenzie F (eds.), Infinite Rural Systems in a Finite Planet: Bridging Gaps towards Sustainability, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Publicacions, Santiago de Compostela, pp. 195 - 202, presented at 26th Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, Santiago de Compostela, 16 - 21 July 2018,
2018
Journal articles
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Graham S, 2019, 'Coordinating invasive plant management among conservation and rural stakeholders', Land Use Policy, vol. 81, pp. 247 - 255,
2019
2019, 'Considering weed management as a social dilemma bridges individual and collective interests', Nature Plants, vol. 5, pp. 343 - 351,
2019
2019, 'Does the End Justify the Means? A Media Analysis of Invasive Pig and Fox Management', Society and Animals,
2019
Thompson BE; Grace ME; Foster BC; Harrison CL; Graham S, 2019, 'Does the End Justify the Means? A Media Analysis of Invasive Pig and Fox Management', Society and Animals,
2019
2019, 'Coordinating invasive plant management among conservation and rural stakeholders', Land Use Policy, vol. 81, pp. 247 - 255,
2019
Bagavathiannan MV; Graham S; Ma Z; Barney JN; Coutts SR; Caicedo AL; De Clerck-Floate R; West NM; Blank L; Metcalf AL; Lacoste M; Moreno CR; Evans JA; Burke I; Beckie H, 2019, 'Considering weed management as a social dilemma bridges individual and collective interests', Nature Plants, vol. 5, pp. 343 - 351,
2019
Graham S; Metcalf AL; Gill N; Niemiec R; Moreno C; Bach T; Ikutegbe V; Hallstrom L; Ma Z; Lubeck A, 2019, 'Opportunities for better use of collective action theory in research and governance for invasive species management', Conservation Biology, vol. 33, pp. 275 - 287,
2019
Gill N; Graham S; Cross R; Taylor E, 2018, 'Weed hygiene practices in rural industries and public land management: Variable knowledge, patchy implementation, inconsistent coordination', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 223, pp. 140 - 149,
2018
Neve P; Barney JN; Buckley Y; Cousens RD; Graham S; Jordan NR; Lawton-Rauh A; Liebman M; Mesgaran MB; Schut M; Shaw J; Storkey J; Baraibar B; Baucom RS; Chalak M; Childs DZ; Christensen S; Eizenberg H; Fernández-Quintanilla C; French K; Harsch M; Heijting S; Harrison L; Loddo D; Macel M; Maczey N; Merotto A; Mortensen D; Necajeva J; Peltzer DA; Recasens J; Renton M; Riemens M; Sønderskov M; Williams M, 2018, 'Reviewing research priorities in weed ecology, evolution and management: a horizon scan', Weed Research, vol. 58, pp. 250 - 258,
2018
Graham S; Barnett J; Mortreux C; Hurlimann A; Fincher R, 2018, 'Local values and fairness in climate change adaptation: Insights from marginal rural Australian communities', World Development, vol. 108, pp. 332 - 343,
2018
Ramm TD; Graham S; White CJ; Watson CS, 2017, 'Advancing values-based approaches to climate change adaptation: A case study from Australia', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 76, pp. 113 - 123,
2017
Graham S; Rogers S, 2017, 'How Local Landholder Groups Collectively Manage Weeds in South-Eastern Australia', Environmental Management, vol. 60, pp. 396 - 408,
2017
Jordan N; Schut M; Graham S; Barney JN; Childs DZ; Christensen S; Cousens RD; Davis AS; Eizenberg H; Ervin DE; Fernandez-Quintanilla C; Harrison LJ; Harsch MA; Heijting S; Liebman M; Loddo D; Mirsky SB; Riemens M; Neve P; Peltzer DA; Renton M; Williams M; Recasens J; Sønderskov M, 2016, 'Transdisciplinary weed research: new leverage on challenging weed problems?', Weed Research, vol. 56, pp. 345 - 358,
2016
O'Neill SJ; Graham S, 2016, '(En)visioning place-based adaptation to sea-level rise', GEO-GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENT, vol. 3,
2016
Fincher R; Barnett J; Graham S, 2015, 'Temporalities in Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise', ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS, vol. 105, pp. 263 - 273,
2015
2015, 'Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security', ETHICS POLICY & ENVIRONMENT, vol. 18, pp. 112 - 115,
2015
Bowen KJ; Miller FP; Dany V; Graham S, 2015, 'The relevance of a coproductive capacity framework to climate change adaptation: investigating the health and water sectors in Cambodia', ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, vol. 20,
2015
Graham S; Barnett J; Fincher R; Mortreux C; Hurlimann A, 2015, 'Towards fair local outcomes in adaptation to sea-level rise', CLIMATIC CHANGE, vol. 130, pp. 411 - 424,
2015
Graham S, 2015, 'Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security', ETHICS POLICY & ENVIRONMENT, vol. 18, pp. 112 - 115,
2015
Graham S, 2015, 'Rural Change in Australia: Population, Economy, Environment', RURAL SOCIOLOGY, vol. 80, pp. 389 - 393,
2015
Fincher R; Barnett J; Graham S; Hurlimann A, 2014, 'Time stories: Making sense of futures in anticipation of sea-level rise', GEOFORUM, vol. 56, pp. 201 - 210,
2014
Barnett J; Graham S; Mortreux C; Fincher R; Waters E; Hurlimann A, 2014, 'A local coastal adaptation pathway', NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, vol. 4, pp. 1103 - 1108,
2014
Graham S, 2014, 'A new perspective on the trust power nexus from rural Australia', JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, vol. 36, pp. 87 - 98,
2014
Hurlimann A; Barnett J; Fincher R; Osbaldiston N; Mortreux C; Graham S, 2014, 'Urban planning and sustainable adaptation to sea-level rise', LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING, vol. 126, pp. 84 - 93,
2014
Graham S; Barnett J; Fincher R; Hurlimann A; Mortreux C, 2014, 'Local values for fairer adaptation to sea-level rise: A typology of residents and their lived values in Lakes Entrance, Australia', GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS, vol. 29, pp. 41 - 52,
2014
Graham S; Barnett J; Fincher R; Hurlimann A; Mortreux C; Waters E, 2013, 'The social values at risk from sea-level rise', ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REVIEW, vol. 41, pp. 45 - 52,
2013
GRAHAM SO N I A; SCHANDL HE I N Z; WILLIAMS LI A N A J; FORAN TI R A, 2013, 'The Effects of Climate and Socio-Demographics on Direct Household Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Australia', GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, vol. 51, pp. 424 - 438,
2013
Graham S, 2013, 'Three cooperative pathways to solving a collective weed management problem', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, vol. 20, pp. 116 - 129,
2013
Darbas T; Williams R; Graham S, 2011, 'Green-changing: A research-based collaboration with a tree-changed rural community', RURAL SOCIETY, vol. 20, pp. 256 - 265,
2011
Graham S; McGinness HM; O'Connell DA, 2009, 'Effects of management techniques on the establishment of eucalypt seedlings on farmland: a review', AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS, vol. 77, pp. 59 - 81,
2009
Graham S, 2009, 'Irrigators' attitudes towards environmental flows for wetlands in the Murrumbidgee, Australia', WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 17, pp. 303 - 316,
2009
Huth NI; Carberry PS; Cocks B; Graham S; McGinness HM; O'Connell DA, 2008, 'Managing drought risk in eucalypt seedling establishment: An analysis using experiment and model', FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 255, pp. 3307 - 3317,
2008
Graham S; McGinness HM; O’Connell DA; Nicholls AO, 2008, 'Climatic Drivers of Revegetation Management Practices in Australia: Analysis of a Social Survey', Small-scale Forestry, vol. 7, pp. 183 - 203,
2008
Darbas T; Reeve I; Farquharson R; Graham S, 2008, 'Co-Regulation and Cotton: Governance of Natural Resource Management in the Australian Cotton Industry', Australasian Journal of Natural Resources, Law and Policy, vol. 12, pp. 87 - 113
2008
Holmgren M; Stapp P; Dickman CR; Gracia C; Graham S; Gutiérrez JR; Hice C; Jaksic F; Kelt DA; Letnic M; Lima M; López BC; Meserve PL; Milstead WB; Polis GA; Previtali MA; Richter M; Sabaté S; Squeo FA, 2006, 'Extreme climatic events shape arid and semiarid ecosystems', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 4, pp. 87 - 95,
2006
Graham S; Myerscough MR; Jones JC; Oldroyd BP, 2006, 'Modelling the role of intracolonial genetic diversity on regulation of brood temperature in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies', INSECTES SOCIAUX, vol. 53, pp. 226 - 232,
2006
Graham S; Connell J, 2006, 'Nurturing relationships: the gardens of Greek and Vietnamese migrants in Marrickville, Sydney', AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHER, vol. 37, pp. 375 - 393,
2006
Holmgren M; Stapp P; Dickman CR; Gracia C; Graham S; Gutiérrez JR; Hice C; Jaksic F; Kelt DA; Letnic M; Lima M; López BC; Meserve PL; Milstead WB; Polis GA; Previtali MA; Richter M; Sabaté S; Squeo FA, 2006, 'A synthesis of ENSO effects on drylands in Australia, North America and South America', Advances in Geosciences, vol. 6, pp. 69 - 72,
2006
Graham S; Myerscough MR; Jones JC; Oldroyd BP, 2006, 'Modelling the role of intracolonial genetic diversity on regulation of brood temperature in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies', Insectes Sociaux, vol. 53, pp. 226 - 232,
2006
Jones JC; Myerscough MR; Graham S; Oldroyd BP, 2004, 'Honey bee nest thermoregulation: Diversity promotes stability', Science, vol. 305, pp. 402 - 404,
2004
Reports
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Graham S; Gill N; Cross R; Simpson V; Taylor E; Rogers S, 2016, Weed hygiene practices in NSW: Knowledge and practices of landholders, public land managers, weed contractors and agricultural transport operators, Sydney,
2016
Barnett J; Fincher R; Hurlimann A; Graham S; Mortreux C, 2014, Equitable Local Outcomes in Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise: Final Project Report, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne,
2014
Barnett J; Fincher R; Hurlimann A; Graham S; Mortreux C, 2014, Incorporating Community Values into Climate Change Planning: A Guide for Local Government, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne,
2014