Julian Clifton

Dr, BA Hull, PhD Liv.

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Future research

I would welcome applications for research supervision from students interested in analysing marine conservation policy and practice within Australia and overseas.
I would also welcome inquiries from students with a broad interest in natural resource management policies, institutions and processes.

Funding overview

Fisheries Research Development Corporation: CI on an AUD353,000 grant entitled 'Enhancing the understanding of the value provided to fisheries by man-made aquatic structures' led by Prof Euan Harvey (Curtin), with fellow CI's Prof Fran Ackermann (Curtin), Prof Michael Burton (UWA), Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr (UWA), Dr Johanna Zimmerhackel (UWA) and Georgie Hill (Curtin).

UWA: Lead organiser of a $19,910 Reseach Impact Growth Grant entitled 'Leveraging the Indonesia-Australia Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation' with Prof Erika Techera, Prof Malcolm McCulloch and Dr Jade Lindley.

Australian Government New Colombo Plan: AUD65,000 awarded in 2016 via a consortium with Murdoch University to support student placements within Indonesia from 2017-2020.

Australian Government AsiaBound programme: AUD21,500 awarded to support undergraduate residential fieldwork in 2014.

UWA/UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award: AUD19,000 awarded October 2011 for project entitled 'Stateless stakeholders: facilitating participatory governance in the Coral Triangle', with Dr Wolfram Dressler (UQ); Dr Greg Acciaioli (UWA) and Dr Sarinda Singh (UQ)

Previous positions

2007-date: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia
1997-2007: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK

Current projects

Current PhD supervision
Claudia Franca de Abreu: Belonging in postcolonial times: The Guarani revitalisation movement as a means of achieving resilience and wellbeing in indigenous communities

Rusianti Amat Sugio: Food security and marine resource management in Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia

Kendra Travaille: The influence of fishery attributes on governing fishery social-ecological system transitions: insights from two Caribbean spiny lobster fishery improvement projects [in collaboration with Stanford University]

Amorisa Wiwatri: The Indonesian diaspora across the Celebes Sea: citizenship, negotiation and identity.

PhD completions

Asha McNeill: Applying sustainable livelihood concepts to Australian marine protected areas. PhD awarded Nov 2019

Maria Jose Gonzalez-Bernat: Living with our backs to the sea: understanding marine and coastal governance in Guatemala. PhD awarded October 2018

Gracie Verde Selva: Can ecological fiscal transfers contribute to conservation and wellbeing? An examination of local interactions in the Atlantic forest region of Brazil. PhD awarded November 2018

Michelle Walker Pyke: How can Indigenous customary knowledge inform understanding of ecological change and enhance the care of freshwater places on the Dampier Peninsula? PhD awarded September 2017.

Genevieve Simpson: Analysing social acceptance of renewable energy policy in Australia: community, industry and government perceptions of residential solar energy PhD awarded March 2017.

Andrew Hill: Factors contributing to the establishment of marine protected areas in Australia PhD awarded July 2014.

Rita Costa Abecasis: The human dimensions of marine protected area establishment in remote island settings: a case study in the Archipelago of the Azores. PhD awarded November 2013.

Emily Ogier: Island-based tourism: governance and use of natural resources at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. PhD awarded June 2013.

Together with colleagues from University College London and Dalhousie University, I have co-edited a Special Issue of Marine Policy entitled Governing marine protected areas: towards social-ecological resilience through institutional diversity. The Special Issue is available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0308597X/41
Further details of this project are available at http://mpag.info

Teaching overview

I co-ordinate and deliver material in the following units:

  • Geographies of a Global City (GEOG1103). This unit explores the cultural, environmental and economic aspects of coastal cities worldwide.
  • Marine and Coastal Planning and Management (ENVT5502). This postgraduate unit focuses on understanding and analysing integrated coastal zone management, marine spatial planning, marine conservation and resource management within Australia and at the international level.
  • Climate Change Policy and Planning (PLNG5511). This postgraduate unit examines processes of policy formulation, negotiation and outcomes with respect to climate change. It focuses in particular on understanding how strategies of mitigation and adaptation are devised and implemented at the local, national and international scales.
  • Conservation, Development and Sustainability (GEOG5502). This is a unit in the Masters of International Development delivered with Greg Acciaoli from Anthropology and Sociology. It takes a critical look at conservation policy and practice with a particular focus on the consequences for local resource users.

I co-ordinate an overseas residential fieldwork unit GEOG2204 titled International Fieldwork in Geography. This unit runs regular and varied fieldwork trips to explore aspects of development, urbanisation and conservation in contrasting settings led by various colleagues in Geography. Previous destinations and fieldwork leaders include the USA (Prof Tonts), Barcelona (Drs Maginn and Pauli), Spain (Dr Pauli), Germany and Austria (Drs Mouat and Leopold) and Japan (Drs Martinus, Hipsey and Callow). I have led the fieldwork on two occasions to Bali in 2014 and 2016. In 2020, I will lead this unit on a two week expedition to remote lowland rainforests and coral reefs of SE Sulawesi, Indonesia.

In 2013, I delivered the Water, Sustainability and Development Semester 1 module in the Master of Integrated Water Management Program organised through the International Water Centre in collaboration with the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Monash University.


My principal research interests lie in processes of interaction and conflict between local user groups and conservation policy-makers in the marine environment. I have a longstanding focus on marine protected area institutions and governance in Indonesia, where conservation policy reflects a complex interaction between international NGOs, national and local government and various local stakeholders. My research interests have recently extended to include evaluations of vulnerability to climate change in fishing communities of the Seychelles along with similar studies of adaptation and resilience in Australian coastal communities. I am also developing a research programme focusing on the potential for community-based tourism development in coastal regions of Myanmar.


Conversational French and beginners Indonesian

Research expertise keywords

  • Marine conservation
  • Marine national parks
  • Marine planning
  • Marine policy
  • Environment in Indonesia and Southeast Asia
  • Small island development and conservation
  • Local communities and natural resource management


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