Jason Antony Byrne

Jason Antony Byrne
University of Tasmania · School of Geography and Environmental Studies

PhD Geography

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Introduction
Professor Jason Byrne is an internationally recognised expert in urban green space. His focus is on the intersection of environmental justice, green space accessibility and climate change adaptation. He has co-developed a systematic quantitative literature review technique with Professor Catherine Pickering from Griffith University and has won nationally competitive research grants on social innovation for climate change adaptation and care farming from disadvantaged children.
Additional affiliations
December 2014 - present
Griffith University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
January 2010 - December 2014
Griffith University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2006 - present
Griffith University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Urban and Environmental Planning

Publications

Publications (162)
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Over the past decade research on urban thermal inequity has grown, with a focus on denser built environments. In this letter we examine thermal inequity associated with climate change impacts and changes to urban form in a comparatively socioeconomically disadvantaged Australian suburb. Local urban densification policies designed to counteract spra...
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Hangzhou is a rapidly growing Chinese coastal metropolis that is facing climate change impacts, including intense heat waves, flooding and increased severity of storms (e.g. typhoons and thunderstorms). This paper examines whether green infrastructure (GI), specifically increased tree planting, could help Hangzhou City adapt to some of these impact...
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Geographic research on parks has been wide-ranging but has seldom examined how and why people use parks, leaving these questions to leisure science, which privileges sociodemographic variables over urban socio-spatial explanations (eg, historical, political-economic, and location factors). This article examines recent geographic perspectives on par...
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Once imported to Australia as rodent controllers, cats are now regarded as responsible for a second wave of mammal extinction across the continent. Utilising the Foucauldian concept of biopolitics, we investigate critically the institutional field of cat regulation in Australia, exemplified by the Western Australian Cat Act 2011 and the Federal Env...
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Across the world, planning and decision-making for urban forests increasingly seeks to include diverse perspectives. Yet, research on people’s perceptions of urban forests and urban trees is fragmented. To integrate and critically analyse this body of research, we conducted a review of empirical studies about people’s perceptions of urban forests a...
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Rapid urbanisation is impacting availability of greenspace, regarded as a cornerstone of liveability in cities across the globe, presenting challenges for residents and governments alike. Scholars from fields as diverse as planning, engineering, health and psychology, are calling for more urban greenspace to remedy manifold urban challenges (e.g. s...
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Much research has examined the socio-spatial distribution of, and access to, urban greenspace; the challenges of supplying greenspace, especially in periods of dynamic urban change, remain poorly understood. Multiple factors shape urban greenspace provision, however understanding the role of leadership as a factor remains somewhat elusive. Addressi...
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Managing complex problems in socio-ecological systems (SES) requires innovative approaches, which account for multiple scales, large datasets, and diverse lived experiences. By combining two commonly utilized mixed-methods, public participation GIS (PPGIS) and Q-method (Q), Q + PPGIS has the potential to reveal competing agendas and reduce conflict...
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Significance Statement Open Green Spaces (OGS) provide a range of cultural ecosystems services including health benefits through recreational and tourism opportunities. Rapid and oftentimes unplanned urbanization can result in the loss of OGS, negatively affecting urban dwellers’ health and wellbeing. An example is the rapidly expanding city of San...
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Visiting and experiencing national parks, especially hiking in backcountry areas, has become a global phenomenon. Park managers are often challenged by how to ensure that hikers are not harmed due to lack of preparedness. Rescuing injured visitors and recovering deceased can be expensive, dangerous and emotionally difficult. Prevention of harm rest...
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Australian geography has been implicated in the White settler colonial project, including in the dispossession of Aboriginal peoples from their lands and the denigration of Aboriginal knowledges. Recognising the harm caused by this racist past is crucial if geography education is to play a stronger role in decolonisation. Much work is already under...
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This chapter returns to questions around what it means to be an activist, or to “do activism” in the context of the climate emergency. Responding to climate change is a profound societal challenge and crisis that requires transformative change across society’s institutions and structures. Our interest is at the local scale where we argue internatio...
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This chapter focuses on the potential of local activists to expand their reach: to transform practices and social relations and empower actors more widely (“scaling out”), more formally (“scaling up”) and/or more profoundly (“scaling deep”) than their original scope and scale. There are lots of different ways that these different kinds of scaling c...
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This chapter explores how the shared understandings and collective capacity to address climate change are nurtured and developed at the local scale, and in doing so help to transform the status quo. Key to this is embracing the diverse nature of stories and recognising the rich possibilities of what counts as knowledge. At a local scale this range...
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In this chapter the focus is on innovative activist practices (by local government authorities, non-government organisations and the private sector) and how they connect with other practices. In doing so we identify the critical points of connection and the potential footholds or leverage points for transformational change in response to the climat...
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This chapter focuses on how responses to climate change have tended to focus on some actors and sectors to the exclusion of others. Central to this is the idea of enabling innovation. Elements of enablement include leadership, relationship building (e.g. trust, commitment, open communication, collaboration and information exchange), skills developm...
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This chapter explores the diverse collaborative practices of local climate action. Working together differently draws on a range of diverse knowledge and methods capable of producing generative and creative practices that can create genuinely new opportunities for social and environmental change. In the cases highlighted in this chapter, rethinking...
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This chapter introduces “quiet activism” and its relationship to social innovation, adaptation and other forms of activism with an embodied ethic of care. This includes an emphasis on the importance of the local scale in addressing the climate emergency and other crisis; cases of socially innovative practices and partnerships from Australia alongsi...
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Observation can help us better understand urban spaces, places and place-making. This chapter considers how observation can be used as a research method for gathering data to be used in urban analysis. Observation is more than just the act of looking. Observation requires careful and considered assessment of what is happening. The observer does not...
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This chapter discusses how students and early career researchers can use systematic quantitative literature reviews (SQLRs) to answer research questions about cities. These SQLRs can enable a greater understanding of complex patterns, processes, and relationships that occur in human settlements. The chapter begins by overviewing SQLRs, how they dif...
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As the world is increasingly urbanized, cities face critical challenges to supporting human wellbeing, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience. Many of these challenges can be addressed by urban forest conservation and enhancement initiatives. Urban forests provide many ecosystem services, such as temperature regulation, increased wildlif...
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Urban green spaces can improve residents’ health and well-being. However, international research shows that urban greening can produce gentrification effects. A dilemma for planners is determining whether the scale of greening or the characteristics of green spaces is driving gentrification. In this article, Canonical correlation analysis (CCA) and...
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Few studies have considered greenspace governance provision from a local government perspective. This paper applies previously overlooked insights from urban planning and social research, investigate the key question: ‘how do governance factors influence the provision of greenspace in cities?’. It examines governance tools, organisational leadershi...
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This book focuses on the potential and possibilities for socially innovative responses to the climate emergency at the local scale. Climate change has intensified the need for communities to find creative and meaningful ways to address the sustainability of their environments. The authors focus on the creative and collaborative ways local- scale cl...
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The evidence base for the benefits of urban nature for people and biodiversity is strong. However, cities are diverse and the social and environmental contexts of cities are likely to influence the observed effects of urban nature, and the application of evidence to differing contexts. To explore biases in the evidence base for the effects of urban...
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***available free until August 23 here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275119310960?dgcid=coauthor*** Urban greenspaces provide diverse ecosystem functions, services and benefits to residents. Much commentary has been offered to date about citizens' demands for more urban greenspace. Less attention, however, has been given t...
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Campus community gardens (CCGs) can potentially improve student health and wellbeing, mitigate social and ecological problems, and nurture university-community relationships. However, CCGs are located in complex socio-political and ecological settings and many community gardens struggle or fail. However, few studies have assessed the socio-politica...
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Rapidly ageing populations are coinciding with urbanisation and climate change providing a global challenge. Older people experience higher rates of mortality and morbidity from extreme heat. Climate change is expected to magnify urban heat island effects. Green infrastructure is increasingly recognised as capable of mitigating urban heat and could...
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'Environmental Justice: Key Issues' is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of the most dynamic fields in environmental politics scholarship. The rapidly growing body of research in this area has brought about a proliferation of approaches; as such, the breadth and depth of the field can...
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This critical commentary re!ects on a rapidly mobilised international podcast project, in which 25 urban scholars from around the world provided audio recordings about their cities during COVID-19. New digital tools are increasing the speeds, formats and breadth of the research and communication mediums available to researchers. Voice recorders on...
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Background: Urban trails are a useful resource to promote physical activity. This study identified features of urban trails that correlated with trail use. Methods: Multiuse urban trails were selected in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. An audit of each trail was completed using the Systematic Pedestrian and Cyclist Environmental Scan for Trail...
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Greenspace is a fundamental attribute of cities, supporting healthy communities. Internationally, scholars and activists frequently call for more greenspace. Recent research has identified a range of factors that contribute to, or inhibit urban greenspace provision. While municipal government is most often at the heart of local urban greenspace pro...
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The water sector is increasingly facing unprecedented challenges and disruptive change, as are many other sectors of the economy. Market shifts, privatisation, increasing competition, technological innovation, and changing consumer behaviour pose significant challenges for water utilities. Such factors have been disruptive to many other sectors, in...
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A framework for assessing photographs for the emotional and social health of young people (SHAPE) is described and tested, within the context of a rural program. Two independent raters assessed the photographs of participants. To assess inter-rater reliability, Cohen' K and Kendall's W were calculated. The two reviewers' assessments of photographs...
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Health care providers are increasingly prescribing nature exposure to treat emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties of children who experience challenging personal and social circumstances. Correlational studies suggest these prescriptions have short-term potential. The capacity for nature exposure to promote long-term change is unclear....
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The development of global metrics for evaluating university research performance has been accompanied by increasing attention to key performance metrics for individual disciplines. This paper examines research performance metrics for Australian planning academics. It addresses questions related to programs, staff, publications, and citations. The m...
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Over the past two decades, there has been an efflorescence of park and greenspace research. This trend may reflect substantial increases in urban populations globally and concomitant pressures on land resources-including greenspace. But so far research has mainly tended to focus on demand rather than supply, and specifically the practice of provisi...
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Access to urban greenspace is vital for urban residents’ wellbeing. Yet investment in new parks can trigger housing price inflation through a process termed environmental gentrification. This can in turn potentially displace marginalized and vulnerable residents. In this chapter, we examine cases from Japan and Australia, investigating how informal...
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Experiential learning, through fieldtrips and study tours, is widely recognised as an important component of education for natural and built environment disciplines. Problem-based and experiential learning within fieldtrips can promote skills development. Yet the design of the teaching and learning experience must align with learning outcomes and s...
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Green infrastructure has recently risen to international prominence for its purported capacity to enhance urban sustainability, and particularly to modulate ambient temperatures in the context of climate change. We assess whether comparatively disadvantaged residents in a sub-tropical Australian city perceive green infrastructure as an effective cl...
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Batterbury, S.P.J. and J. Byrne. 2017. Australia: reclaiming the public university? In a special collection, W. Halffman and H. Radder (eds.) International responses to the Academic Manifesto: reports from 14 countries. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2017: 23-33. (ISSN 2471-9560)
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The objective of this volume is to bring together research that focuses on productive cultivation in urban spaces from around the world and to place these empirics in a theoretical context to provide cohesion. Despite the seeming convergence in practice, the literatures on urban agriculture in the Global North (GN) and the Global South (GS) remain...
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[Free copies available from https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Uj3k5m5d7a5HV (until 4 May)] Urban greening has rapidly emerged as a key urban climate change adaptation strategy. Urban greening is thought to confer manifold socio-ecological benefits upon residents in towns and cities. Yet proponents of urban greening have seldom considered how people’s...
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Much planning theory has been undergirded by an ontological exceptionalism of humans. Yet, city planning does not sit outside of the eco-social realities co-producing the Anthropocene. Urban planners and scholars, therefore, need to think carefully and critically about who speaks for (and with) the nonhuman in place making. In this article, we iden...
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Access to urban greenspace is vital for urban residents’ wellbeing. Yet investment in new parks can trigger housing price inflation through a process termed environmental gentrification. This can in turn potentially displace marginalized and vulnerable residents. In this chapter, we examine cases from Japan and Australia, investigating how informal...
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We analyse 214 cases worldwide where non-governmental organisations (NGOs) use ecotourism for conservation. Other stakeholders in these initiatives include local communities, the private sector, and government agencies. Stakeholder relationships determine NGO roles and project management structures and governance. We classified cases into 10 struct...
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Publications examining the broad roles and approaches of NGOs in ecotourism. (DOCX)
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Case studies from three compendia (Buckley, 2003, Buckley, 2010, Zeppel, 2006). (DOCX)
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Publications describing individual NGO-based ecotourism case studies. (DOCX)
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Cosmopolitical action in the climate-changed city represents different knowledges and practices that may seem disconnected but which constellate to frame stories and spaces of the climate-just city. The question this paper asks is: how might we as planners identify and develop counter-hegemonic praxes that enable us to re-imagine our experience of,...
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Some conservationists assert that multiple-use protected areas can accommodate competing claims for resource use, including extraction (e.g. mining and fisheries) and in-situ use (e.g. ecotourism). This is despite a growing number of studies showing how communities struggling with poverty, isolation, economic stagnation and environmental degradatio...
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This survey instrument was designed for studying residents’ perception and use of informal urban green spaces via mail-back surveys. License: CC-BY 4.0 (free to share and adopt with attribution of source) This document contains 4 parts: 1. Survey instrument (English) 2. Informal greenspace typology overview sheet (English) 3. Survey instrument (Jap...
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Increased pressure to allow more recreational activities in peri-urban national parks may impact local communities. We surveyed residents living in local communities near six peri-urban national parks (IUCN Category II) in Queensland, Australia. We assessed their sense of place, their perceptions of different types of visitors’ activities, and inte...