Associate Professor Beverley Clarke

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences 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.


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

Beverley Clarke, 2013, (Ninti-One: Innovation for remote Australia), 'Australian Feral Camel Project - media analysis', $17,523

Beverley Clarke, 2011 (Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board), 'Climate change vulnerability-gap analysis of threatened coastal habitat, Stage II'. $26,875.

Nick Harvey and Beverley Clarke, 2011-2013, (CSIRO Flagship, Coastal Collaboration Cluster) 'Institutional and Social Barriers to Science impact, Theme 2 Socio-cultural investigation, $517,203.00.

Beverley Clarke, 2010, (Coast Proection Board, DEWNR), 'Analysis of Australian Coastal policies', $7,000.

Beverley Clarke, 2009, (Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board), Climate change vulnerability-gap analysis of threatened coastal habitat in the AMLR, $17,646.

Beverley Clarke, 2009, (FRDC Tactical Research Fund) 'Research audit of social sciences research in fisheries', $33,873.

Beverley Clarke, 2008, (WA Department of Planning and Infrastructure), CoastWest Evaluation, $35,000

Key responsibilities

Teaching Program Director - Social Science
Director of Studies Master of Environmental Management
Flinders University Social and Behavioural Sciences Ethics Committee

Research expertise
Environmental science and management
Human geography
Research interests

Beverley's research interests include:

  • Coastal Climate adapation
  • Coastal management
  • Community engagement in environmental management
  • Marine Protected Area management
  • Natural Resource Management and coasts
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Policy evaluation

Non-Refereed Conference Presentations

Clarke, B. 2013, Wither Coastal Management in Australia?, 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, UK.

Clarke, B., Middle G, Brown, L et al. 2013, Approaches to teaching IA in Australian Universities, Impact Assessment, the next generation, 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 13-16 May, Alberta, Canada.

Middle, G, Brown, L, Franks, D, Harris-Roxas, B, Clarke, B et al, 2013, Reducing green tape or rolling back IA in Australia, Impact Assessment, the next generation, 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 13-16 May, Alberta, Canada.

Clarke, B. 2012, What's Hot and What's Not? Teaching EIA at Flinders University, Special symposium: State of Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia, November 12-13, ANU, Canberra.

Clarke, B. 2011. NRM and the Coast: Past, Present and Future. NSW 20th Annual Coastal Conference, Tweed Heads, NSW, 8-11 November.

Clarke, B. 2011. Coastal Habitat vulnerability assessment, identification and action. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers conference, 12-16 April, Seattle, Washington.

Government Reports

Clarke, B. 2010, Analysis of Coastal Policies of Australian State and Territory Governments, Report prepared for the South Australian Coast Protection Board, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Adelaide.

Clarke, B. 2010, Research audit of social sciences fisheries research: FRDC Project No. 2009/317, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. ISBN 978-0-646-53506-7.

Clarke, B. & Simpson, N. 2010, Climate Change Vulnerability - Identification of threatened coastal habitat in the AMLR based on existing coastal action plans, for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Adelaide.

Teaching interests

I am the Teaching Program Director for Social Science.

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
ENVS3711 Introduction to managing coastal and marine environments
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
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • Sustainability
  • coastal adaptation
  • coastal management
  • environmental impact assessment
  • marine parks

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