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Schirmer, Dr Jacki

jacki schirmer

Associate Professor, CeRAPH
UC Health Research Institute

Bldg, Floor & Room: 22, B34
Telephone: (02) 6201 2785


Dr Schirmer's has worked for over a decade examining social dimensions of natural resource management in Australia. Her research focuses on understanding how people's access to and use of natural resources affects their health and wellbeing, and how changes in management of natural resources such as forests, fisheries and rural land affect the wellbeing of workers and rural communities. Her other research interests include community engagement and conflict resolution related to management of natural resources.

Research Interests

  • Understanding linkages between natural resource management and human health and wellbeing
  • social impact assessment
  • community engagement and conflict resolution

Qualifications Obtained

  • B. Sc(For) (Hons)
  • B. Ec.
  • PhD

Recent Publications

  • Schirmer, J. (Forthcoming). Environmental activism and the global forest products sector. In Hansen, E., Vlosky, R. And Panwar, R. (eds). Global forest products: trends, management and sustainability. Taylor and Francis.
  • Schirmer, J. (In press). The role of 'information' in community engagement about the environment: A case study of research into land use change. In Lockie, S. and Aslin, H. (eds). Engaged environmental citizenship, CDU Press and ANU ePress.
  • Schirmer, J., Dovers, S. and Clayton, H. (2012). Informing conservation policy design through an examination of landholder preferences: A case study of scattered tree conservation in Australia. Biological Conservation, 153, 51-63.
  • Schirmer, J., Clayton. H. and Sherren, K. (2012). Reversing scattered tree decline on farms: implications of landholder practice and perceptions in the Lachlan catchment, NSW. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 19(2), 91-107.
  • Loxton, E., Schirmer, J. and Kanowski, P. (2012). Employment of Indigenous Australians in the forestry sector: a case study from North Queensland. Australian Forestry 75(2), 73-81
  • Anderson, C., Schirmer, J. and Abjorensen, N. (2012). Exploring CCS community acceptance and public participation from a human and social capital perspective. The Journal for Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 17, 687-706
  • Schirmer, J. (2011). Social impacts of land use change. In Vanclay, F. & Esteves, A.M. (eds) New Directions in Social Impact Assessment: Conceptual and Methodological Advances, Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar. ISBN 978 1 84980 117 1.
  • Sherren, K., Yoon H.J., Clayton H., Schirmer J. (2011). Do Australian graziers have an offset mindset about their farm trees? Biodiversity and Conservation, 21(2), 363-383.
  • Dare, M., Schirmer, J. and Vanclay, F. (2011). Does forest certification enhance community engagement in Australian plantation management? Forest Policy and Economics, 13, 328-337.
  • Dare, M., Vanclay, F. and Schirmer, J. (2011). Understanding community engagement in plantation forest management: Insights from practitioner and community narratives. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 54(9), 1149-1168.
  • Schirmer, J. (2011). Scaling up: Assessing social impacts at the macro-scale. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31, 382-391.
  • Sherren, K., Fischer, J., Clayton, H., Schirmer, J., Dovers, S. (2010). Integration by case, place and process: transdisciplinary research for sustainable grazing in the Lachlan River catchment, Australia, Landscape Ecology, 25(8), 1219-1230.
  • Schirmer. J. (2009). Ethical issues in the use of multiple survey reminders. Journal of Academic Ethics, 7(1-2), 125-139.
  • Sherren, K., Dovers, S., Fischer, J., Schirmer, J. (2008). Leverage points for reversing paddock tree loss in Upper Lachlan grazing landscapes: A workshop report. Ecological Management and Restoration, 9(3), 237-240.
  • Schirmer, J. (2007). Plantations and social conflict: exploring the differences between small-scale and large-scale plantation forestry, Small-scale forestry, 6(1), 19-33.


  • Dr Schirmer has obtained over $1 million in grants over the past decade.


  • Dr Schirmer was a member of a research team shortlisted for a 2011 Eureka Prize in the category 'Research by an Interdisciplinary Team', for the 'Sustainable Farms' project