Consuming Eden: an environmental history of food, culture and nature in the Esperance bioregion

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Australia's future food security depends upon long term sustainable production systems. Whilst present agro-systems attempt adaptation to economic drivers, their long term environmental sustainability is barely considered. This thesis investigates the environmental/ecological history of food production from pre-history to present, focusing upon the Esperance Bioregion - a model for wider Australia. Producing food is an ecological process dependent on nature though critically influenced by culture. The human ecological, cultural and political processes involved transformed the evolving landscapes and Social Ecological Systems (SES) of nature, to apparently sustainable Aboriginal SES, then colonial SES, followed by modern industrial agro-systems.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Gaynor, Andrea, Supervisor
  • Mulcock, Jane, Supervisor
  • Gregory, Jenny, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date17 Sept 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 21/03/2018 to 01/10/2020. Made publicly available on 01/10/2020.


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