Michelle Dyer

Michelle Dyer
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority · Science for management

BA (Hons), PhD
Assistant Director, Social Science

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January 2017 - present
Stockholm Resilience Centre
Position
  • Researcher
January 2009 - July 2016
James Cook University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2005 - January 2016
James Cook University
Position
  • Researcher, lecturer, tutor

Publications

Publications (18)
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Formal education for women and girls ostensibly plays a major role in the development of Papua New Guinea, in rural villages and throughout the country. However, educated young women returning to their home villages face many challenges including bearing the weight of their own and their parents’ frustrated expectations. The main reasons they retur...
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The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are described as integrated and indivisible, where sustainability challenges must be addressed across sectors and scales to achieve global-level sustainability. However, SDG monitoring mostly focuses on tracking progress at national-levels, for each goal individually. This approach ignores lo...
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This study explored the shift in land use from livestock farming to game farming in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, from a social-ecological regime shift perspective. A regime shift can be defined as a large, persistent change in the structure and function of the intertwined social and ecological components of a landscape. This research focused on...
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Creating a just and sustainable planet will require not only small changes, but also systemic transformations in how humans relate to the planet and to each other, i.e., social–ecological transformations. We suggest there is a need for collaborative environments where experimentation with new configurations of social–ecological systems can occur, a...
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In low- and middle-income countries, a common component of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions is the goal of empowerment of beneficiaries, particularly poor households. Empowerment is viewed as an important development goal in itself, as well as a way to obtain improved WASH outcomes. However, empowerment is a complex and multi-dim...
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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are effective resource management and conservation measures, but their success is often hindered by non-compliant activities such as poaching. Understanding the risk factors and spatial patterns of poaching is therefore crucial for efficient law enforcement. Here, we conducted explanatory and pre-dictive modelling of p...
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The potential consequences of cross-scale systemic environmental risks with global effects are increasing. We argue that current descriptions of globally connected systemic risk poorly capture the role of human–environment interactions. This creates a bias towards solutions that ignore the new realities of the Anthropocene. We develop an integrated...
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Women’s lack of participation in important decision making is noted as an obstacle to sustainable development in many parts of the world. An initial issue for gender equity in environmental decision making in many developing country contexts is not only women’s inclusion but also their substantive participation in decision-making forums. In this ar...
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This article explores how environmental activism, in particular resistance to large scale logging companies, occupies a gendered cosmopolitan space at a village level in Solomon Islands. I compare the modes of action a group of village women's environmental activism and opposition to large scale logging in the Western Province of Solomon Islands wh...
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This article presents Solomon Islands village women's opinions about gender norms. It explores their perceptions of their ability to be involved in leadership roles and decision-making, and their analysis of how they conceive of their abilities changing. It attempts to unravel the 'push-pull' experience for Solomon Islands rural women—a push toward...
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Development policy increasingly focuses on building capacities to respond to change (adaptation), and to drive change (innovation). Few studies, however, focus specifically on the social and gender differentiation of capacities to adapt and innovate. We address this gap using a qualitative study in three communities in Solomon Islands; a developing...
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In this paper we discuss differences in the ways transnational conservationists and Melanesian farmers, hunters and fishers value 'biodiversity'. The money for conservation projects in developing countries originates from people who are embedded in a capitalist system, which allows engagement with nature as an abstract entity. Their western educati...
Thesis
This thesis is an ethnography of women on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province of Solomon Islands. It works towards making village women visible and their voices audible. A blend of quantitative and qualitative data is used to describe what women are doing, when, where, and how, and thus make sense of the position from, and within which, rur...
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Why do Solomon Islands' villagers continue to engage with large scale logging projects by foreign companies when they have decades of experience of the disadvantages of such deals? This paper explores village level narratives of equality surrounding a logging dispute in a village on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands...
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Neoliberal economic rationalizations promote gender equality and women’s empowerment as instrumental to economic development and social justice. Women are simultaneously portrayed as victims and saviours, not only for themselves but for their families, societies and the environment. These neoliberal interpretations of gender equality and action are...

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I'll be working for the Stockholm Resilience Centre to integrate gender and social analysis into resilience conceptual frameworks, assessment tools, training, and modelling. Fully integrating gender is a major aim of a Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) funded effort to strengthen connections between resilience thinking and development - "GRAID – Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for development" - see http://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2016-02-22-introducing-graid.html