Professor Beverley Clarke


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (224)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Beverley Clarke, is a geographer, researching both formal and informal processes affecting policy, decision-making and outcomes for the environment. She is recognised for her research on community engagement, policy evaluation, capacity building, policy implications of coastal climate change, and the social dimensions of natural resource management. She has worked throughout Australia with many different stakeholder groups including all tiers of government, NGOs and the community. Her research has been noted for its direct impact and value to industry both nationally and locally. Beverley is recognised in Australia for her leadership in championing Geography (e.g. President of the IAG) and the coast (e.g. Branch Chair and Secretary of the Australian Coastal Society).

PhD University of Adelaide (2003)
Masters in Environmental Management, University of Adelaide (1997)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), Flinders University (2011)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Geography), Flinders University (1989)

2010 Graduate of the Governor's Leadership Foundation (GLF)
Honours, awards and grants

2012, Faculty of Science and Engineering Teaching Award
2007, Faculty of Social Science Teaching Award
2006, Institute of Australian Geography (IAG) Postgraduate Award for a paper based on a postgraduate thesis and published in Geographical Research.


2020 Integrated assessment of local governments’ coastal adaptation planning and practice, Climate Response Seed Grants Scheme, Flinders University, $25,000; Department of Environment and Water New life for our coastal environment - Research and Development Grant, $74,300

2020 A Blue Carbon future through introducing tidal flow to salt ponds and stranded saltmarsh for Dry Creek and the Samphire Coast” AMLR (DEW) Blue Carbon Futures Fund, $99,488.

2019 Developing policy expertise and a toolkit for evidence-based coordination of national climate resilience using a co-design professional development approach, Department of Defence, $125,877

2018 Coastal Caravan Parks: testing climate adaptation response, CHASS Research Grant Scheme, $10,000.

2017 Goyder Institute, ‘From Salt to C; carbon sequestration through ecological restoration at the Dry Creek Salt Field’ (Part of $336,392.00 Goyder Institute external funding between Flinders University, DEWNR)—Task 4 Co-benefit analysis and up-scaling, Co-investigator, $32,560.

2017 Understanding South Australian local government perceptions of Coastal Climate Change Coast Protection Board and CHASS/Finders University, $4,500.

2016 Flinders University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Reinventing Teaching and Learning Grant, International Support, Joint application (CAPS, Biology, Environment, CSEM), $20,000.

Beverley Clarke and Katherine Yates, 2015, Wildlife Conservation Fund, 'An investigation into the socio-cultural dimension of determining MPA effectiveness', $25,000.

Key responsibilities

Coordinator Master of Environmental Management

Teaching interests

As an environmentalist and a teacher it is important to me that my students are inspired by what they learn. On completion of their degrees these students have the potential to make a real difference to environmental management programs. To this end, as a facilitator of the students' learning experience, I try to create a stimulating and interesting learning environment for them, to enthuse and encourage them. To assist students in their preparation to be practitioners in the diverse field of environmental management I am conscious to design curriculum that develops their skills of distilling and analysing diverse and complex issues.

I have designed carefully structured topics that encourage students to:

  • Assess, challenge and consider a range of perspectives, to reflect upon what they are learning and recognise and develop their own opinions and be able to support them;
  • Openly discuss and share their ideas and through working in small groups, to experience trust, practice negotiation and work collaboratively;
  • Provide clear context for their research, apply sound reasoning and well structured arguments;
  • Convey what they have learned and think through a combination of written work and oral presentation.
Topic coordinator
ENVS3732 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS7711 Environmental Mangement
Supervisory interests
Coastal management
Community engagement in environmental management
Environmental impact assessment
Marine protected area management
Natural resource management and coasts
Social implications of sea-level rise
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Waste Management (1)
Principal supervisor: Water Resource Management
Associate supervisor: Wildlife Conservation (1), Waste management (1)
Expert for media contact
coastal adaptation
coastal management
environmental impact assessment
marine parks
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Media expertise
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • Sustainability
  • coastal adaptation
  • coastal management
  • environmental impact assessment
  • marine parks