Environmental Science

Dr Jen Bond

Lecturer in Human Geography
Albury / Wodonga
Building 760 Room 145

Jen Bond is a social scientist and joined CSU in September 2016. Her research focuses on the socio-political dimensions of natural resource management and rural development.

Jen completed her PhD in Rural Development from the University of Copenhagen in 2013, with her thesis focussing on conflict and governance (human-wildlife conflict, pastoral conflict, agro-pastoral conflict) within rural, semi-arid, agro-pastoral landscapes in Kenya, through a human security lens.

Prior to this, Jen completed her MSc. Agricultural Development in 2009, also at the University of Copenhagen, with her thesis focussing on the behavioural dimensions of pesticide use by Indigenous vegetable farmers in Jharkhand, India. Other Masters-level fieldwork was undertaken within an Indigenous Iban community in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Most recently Jen undertook an Australian Endeavour Fellowship (Postdoctoral) at Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam (March-August 2016), where she was also based as a volunteer on the Australian Volunteers for International Development program (2013-2014). This postdoctoral research used visual methods to explore farmers' pest management perceptions and practices and pesticide governance, as well as an investigation into the gendered-dimensions of rice production and policy at the nexus of climate change adaptation.

Jen also has professional experience within the Victorian grains industry, firstly as a graduate on the (then) Department of Primary Industries' Graduate Program, based in Horsham, Swan Hill and Hamilton (2004-2010) and later as a Program Manager at Mallee Sustainable Farming in Mildura (2015). While with DPI, Jen completed her G.Dip Rural Systems Management through the University of Queensland (2007), building on her extensive professional practice. Jen also holds a B.Agricultural Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (2004), during which she undertook a final year project into the herbicide resistance of soybean cells in Thailand.

In 2015-2016 Jen was a Sessional Postgraduate Lecturer at Marcus Oldham College, teaching the 'Thought Leadership through Research' and 'Case Studies in Global Agribusiness' subjects as part of the online MSc. Agribusiness.

From 2017 Jen will be teaching:

  • PKM307 Environmental Planning
  • ENM163 Natural Resource Management

Jen's research is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on human geography, development studies, sociology and political ecology perspectives. Her particular research interests are:

  • Natural resource conflict/political ecology
  • Pest management within agricultural landscapes
  • Gender and feminist perspectives
  • Rural development broadly

Please email Jen for copies or check her CRO profile:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  • Bond, J and Mkutu. K. (Forthcoming). Exploring the hidden impacts of human-wildlife conflict in northern Kenya. African Studies Review.
  • Sen, L.T. H and Bond, J. (In press). Agricultural adaptation to flood in lowland rice production areas of Central Vietnam: Understanding the 'regeneration rice' ratoon system. Climate and Development.
  • Bond, J. (2016). Conflict narratives of development extension managers in Laikipia County, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 22(1): 81-96.
  • Bond, J. (2015). Making sense of human-elephant conflict in Laikipia, Kenya. Society & Natural Resources 28(5): 1-16.
  • Bond, J. (2014). Conflict, development and security at the agro-pastoral-wildlife nexus: A case of Laikipia County, Kenya. Journal of Development Studies 50(7): 991-1008.
  • Bond, J. (2014). A holistic approach to natural resource conflict: The case of Laikipia County, Kenya. Journal of Rural Studies 34: 117-127.
  • Bond, J.L., Kriesemer, S.K., Emborg J.E and Chadha, M.L. (2009). Understanding farmers' pesticide use in Jharkhand, India. Extension Farming Systems Journal 5(1): 53-62.
Book Chapters
  • Bond, J. (2014). Conflict and communication breakdown: The case of Laikipia County, Kenya. In: From Communication Landscapes to Bullying Battlegrounds, edited by S. Ayden and M.A. Webber, pp. 95-106. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Other Publications

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