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
SRAP2002 - Policy Analysis Case Studies
SRAP3002 - Social Science and Policy Project
SRAP5102 - Reserach design
SRAP5103 - Research report