Dr Jonathon Howard's research focus is centred on the social and psychological dimensions of achieving sustainable water use. He has over 10 years experience working in government in Natural Resource Management (NRM). His research career began as an extension of his previous employment with evaluations of various community programs. Over time that interest has become more focused and theoretically driven. It is now centred on the social psychology dimensions of water management with the main focus being applying concepts in justice, governance, and public administration to critically examine programs and policy. Jonathon conducts on-going research into water reform and catchment management. Other projects include mapping land holder preferences for water management incentives using GIS systems. Jonathon also has considerable practical experience in strategic management, risk assessment and governance having served on a various boards associated with NRM.
Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Wollongong, 1986.
Graduate Diploma of Natural Resources, University of New England, 1989.
Graduate Diploma of Business Management, University of Central Queensland, 1996.
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2009
Building Capacity to respond to climate change at a local level, PhD student Michelle Olivier, DECC. $15,000. Howard, J. (2012-2015).
Exploring the Effectiveness of Local Sustainability Strategies. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Howard, J. (2012)
Metagovernance in Regional Natural Resource Management. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Howard, J. (2012)
Investigation into the Socio-ecological System of the Murray Catchment. Murray Catchment Management Authority. Howard, J. (2012)
External Appointments & Memberships
Inland Rivers Network (Board member since 2015)
Albury City Council Sustainability Advisory Committee
Howard, J. (2018) Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development Edited by Matthias Barth, Gerd Michelsen, Marco Rieckmann, and Ian Thomas, New York, Routledge, 2016. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 34(1), 92-94.
Olivier, M., Wilson, B.P., Robinson, W., Howard, J.L. (2018) Correlating localisation and sustainability and exploring the causality of the relationship. Ecological Economics 146:749-765
Olivier, M., Wilson, B., & Howard, J. (2016) Determining localisation metrics. Social Indicators Research. doi: DOI 10.1007/s11205-016-1269-6
Howard, J. L. (2013) Managing the environment: the role of park rangers and the skills they need. Rural Society 22(3): 242–250
Howard J.L. (2012) Extremes in justice: how arguments are framed by conservation and farmer groups when attempting to influence water policy. Proceedings for the 6th Australian Stream Management conference.
Edney J and Howard J.L. (2012) Case Study: Wreck Diving. In Proceedings for the 6th Australian Stream Management conference.
Howard J.L. (2011) Using a virtual national park to teach workplace skills in conservation management. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
Howard, J. (2017) Badges for Learning: from little things big things grow, Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference. Melbourne, Nov 1-3