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I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, at the University of Canberra. My current research explores the role and mechanisms for more participatory forms of governance within rural and regional communities. This includes (i) understanding the socio-political community context, including existing power relations, networks and institutions; (ii) identifying current governance arrangements and the strengths and weaknesses, including existing forms of participation across the community; iii) identifying, often in collaboration with communities, how to support positive community engagement processes in policy governance, industry and NRM contexts, and (iv) communicating the diversity of research findings into outcomes accessible by a range of audiences including policy-makers, community members and stakeholders. I have undertaken a range of projects across water management, community development, forest management and agricultural sectors.


Specifically, my academic interests focus on:

  • Community engagement strategy development and training for the forest sector and other stakeholders including NRM agencies and local government.
  • Improving engagement between communities, decision makers and experts to promote effective decision making.
  • Governance within regional communities. Understanding the differences between communities and how to work with communities for sustainable futures. I undertake this work in both communities and industry-based sectors.
  • Environmental governance and its interface with national policy agendas.


I was a Schlich Medallist at the Australian National University, where I completed undergraduate degree in Science (Forestry) (Honours First Class) in 1998. I then worked in the forest industry in Victoria and Tasmania as a forester until 2006 when I commenced my doctorate with the CRC for Forestry at the University of Tasmania. 

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Tasmania

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Are Environmental Water Advisory Groups an Effective Form of Localism

DARE, L. & Lukasiewicz, A., 28 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62, 2, p. 205-228 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

governance approach

Framing up the “Stretching” of Co-Management

Pearson, L. J. & Dare, M. L., 11 Jan 2019, In : Society and Natural Resources. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

protected area
best practice

Planning a Global Knowledge City: Experience from Melbourne, Australia

TULI, S., HU, R. & DARE, L., 2019, In : International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development. 10, 1, p. 26-42 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Strategic plan

From global forests to local politics: unwrapping the boundaries within forest certification

Dare, L., 2 Oct 2018, In : Australian Journal of Political Science. 53, 4, p. 529-547 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

local politics
3 Citations (Scopus)

Australian water governance in the global context: understanding the benefits of localism

DARE, L. & Daniell, K. A., 3 Sep 2017, In : Policy Studies. 38, 5, p. 462-481 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social learning