Dr Natalie Jones

Senior Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science

Senior Lecturer

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science

Overview

Natalie is an applied anthropologist that is dedicated to advancing the role of social science in agriculture and natural resource management within interdisciplinary teams. Her research interests involve understanding how people perceive and interact with environmental systems.

Natalie has established a strong track record in applying cognitive constructs, including mental models and values, to explore how people make sense of and relate to their environment, particularly in relation to water resources. She has an interest in designing and implementing participatory processes to support decision-making.

She is currently leading the social component of an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research project in Fiji which aims to develop a value chain for converting senile coconut trees into engineered wood products. This will reduce reliance on native forest harvesting, provide new income opportunities for landholders and make more productive use of agricultural landscapes.

Natalie has conducted applied social science research within a number of interdisciplinary teams involving governments, research organisations, non-governmental organisations and Indigenous groups. She has published more than 25 academic papers and book chapters.

Natalie is a Senior Lecturer within the School of the Environment. Prior to taking up her position at UQ, Natalie was a Researcher at the Australian National University working in the Resource Management of the Asia Pacific Program. This involved working as a social scientist in an international collaboration with CIRAD – Agricultural Research for Development, to evaluate 34 participatory modelling projects globally. She has undertaken consultancies with various natural resource management groups within Australia, including Healthy Land and Water and Seqwater.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Managament, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Dev, Australian National University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Jones, Natalie A. and Baldwin, Claudia (2023). Mental Models and Values: Application to Natural Resource Management. Rural Development for Sustainable Social-ecological Systems. (pp. 415-436) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-34225-7_20

  • Pinner, Breanna, Ross, Helen, Jones, Natalie, Babidge, Sally, Shaw, Sylvie, Witt, Katherine and Rissik, David (2019). A custodial ethic: Indigenous values towards water in Moreton Bay and catchments. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 29-44) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Ross, Helen, Rissik, David, Jones, Natalie, Witt, Katherine, Pinner, Breanna and Shaw, Sylvie (2019). Managing for the multiple uses and values of Moreton Bay and its catchments. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 563-578) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Ross, Helen, Jones, Natalie, Witt, Katherine, Pinner, Breanna, Shaw, Sylvie, Rissik, David and Udy, James (2019). Values towards Moreton Bay and catchments. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 47-60) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Perez, Pascal, Aubert, Sigrid, Dare, William’s, Ducrot, Raphaele, Jones, Natalie, Queste, Jerome, Trebuil, Guy and Van Paassen, AnneMarie (2014). Assessment and monitoring of the effects of the ComMod approach. Companion modelling: a participatory approach to support sustainable development. (pp. 155-187) edited by Michel Etienne. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8557-0_7

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor