Elaine Stratford

A cultural and political geographer by training, my research is motivated by trying to understand the conditions in which people flourish in place, in their movements, in daily life, and over the life-course.

Most of my efforts are currently directed to thinking about social change and spatial justice, and to raising aspirations for lifelong learning in Tasmania. I do that work as a member of the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change. Between 2015 and 2017, I started this line of inquiry as the inaugural Director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, and before that was a member of the then School of Geography and Environmental Studies, including as Head of School from 2005 to 2013.

My work is deeply interdisciplinary in scope. I have engaged in enriching collaborations with geographers, ecologists, public health professionals, policy experts, historians, sociologists, planners, literary scholars, anthropologists, lawyers, linguists, philosophers, and artists. Much of that work has been funded by nationally competitive research grants, or commissioned research contracts with all tiers of government. Much of it has given effect to policy debates and policy shifts, and most of it has also been reported in high quality international journals, international keynote speeches, or in books and book chapters with leading publishers.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Professor, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • 2015–2017
    Inaugural Director, Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania
  • 1997–2015
    Level B to Level D academic, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania
  • 2005–2013
    Head of School, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania

Education

  • 2010 
    LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne, Masters of Tertiary Education Management
  • 1996 
    Environmental Studies, The University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 1986 
    Flinders University, Adelaide, BA(Honours)Geography
  • 1984 
    Flinders University, Adelaide, BA in Geography and Visual Arts

Publications

  • 2018
    Home, Nature, and the Feminine Ideal: Geographies of the Interior and of Empire, Rowman & Littlefield International
  • 2018
    Guy AJ and Stratford E, 'Planning reform and heritage conservation: debating the greater good in historic Battery Point, Tasmania', Australian Planner
  • 2018
    chapter: with Therese Murray, Bodies: The body of the drowned: convicts and shipwrecks', in Territory Beyond Terra, K Peters, P Steinberg, E Stratford (eds), Rowman & Littlefield International
  • 2018
    Territory Beyond Terra [Kim Peters, Philip Steinberg, Elaine Stratford], Rowman & Littlefield International
  • 2017
    Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations [Elaine Stratford, editory], Routledge
  • 2017
    chapter: 'Journey to the "undiscovered country": growing up, growing old, and moving on', in Intergenerational Mobilities: Relationality, Age and Lifecourse, L Murray and S Robertson (eds), Routledge
  • 2017
    chapter: 'Imagining the Archipelago', in Archipelagic American Studies: Decontinentalizing the Study of American Culture, Duke University Press
  • 2016
    chapter: 'Skateboarding as Social and Environmental Praxis: Navigating a Sustainable Future', in Geographies of Children and Young People: Geographies of Global Issues, Change and Threat, Springer, T Skelton, N Klocker, N Ansell (eds), Springer
  • 2016
    Mobilizing a spatial politics of street skating: thinking about the geographies of generosity', Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • 2016
    Farbotko C, Stratford E, Lazrus H, 'Climate migrants and new identities? The geopolitics of embracing or rejecting mobility', Social and Cultural Geography
  • 2016
    Cook S, Davidson A, Stratford E, Middleton J, Plyushteva A, et al., 'Co-producing mobilities: negotiating geographical knowledge in a conference session on the move', Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2016
    chapter: with Karen George, 'Oral History and Human Geography', Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, I Hay (ed), Oxford University Press
  • 2016
    chapter: with Matthew Bradshaw, 'Qualitative Research Design and Rigour', Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, I Hay (ed), Oxford University Press
  • 2016
    chapter: '"Dear Prime Minister": Mapping Island Children's Political Views on Climate Change', in Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, M Benwell and P Hopkins (eds), Routledge
  • 2016
    chapter: 'Oral History and Narrative', in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Association of American Geographers
  • 2015
    Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course, Routledge
  • 2015
    Stratford E, Low N, 'Young islanders, the meteorological imagination and the art of geopolitical engagement', Children's Geographies
  • 2015
    chapter: with Nel Smit and Jenny Newton, 'Engaging Young People in Climate Change and Sustainability Trails: Local Geographies for Global Insights', in Space, Place and Environment, Geographies of Children and Young People, K Nairn, P Kraftl, T Skelton (eds), Springer
  • 2015
    'A critical analysis of the impact of Island Studies Journal: a retrospect and prospect', Island Studies Journal
  • 2014
    Castles A, Stratford E, 'Planning reform in Australia's island-state', Australian Planner
  • 2013
    Walker J, Orpin P, Baynes H, Stratford E, Boyer K, et al., 'Insights and principles for supporting social engagement in rural older people', Ageing and Society
  • 2013
    Stratford E, Farbotko C, Lazrus H, 'Tuvalu, sovereignty and climate change: considering fenua, the archipelago and emigration', Island Studies Journal
  • 2012
    Stratford E, Langridge CF, 'Critical artistic interventions into the geopolitical spaces of islands', Social and Cultural Geography
  • 2012
    Stratford E, ''Ah! could I tell the wonders of an isle'... contemplating island futures', Southerly
  • 2012
    chapter: 'Vantage points: Observations on the Emotional Geographies of Heritage', in Extreme Heritage Management: The Practices and Policies of Densely Populated Islands, Baldacchino, G (ed) , Berghahn
  • 2011
    Stratford E, Baldacchino G, McMahon E, Farbotko C, Harwood A, 'Envisioning the Archipelago', Island Studies Journal
  • 2010
    Lockwood M, Davidson JL, Curtis J, Stratford E, Griffith R, 'Governance principles for natural resource management', Society and Natural Resources
  • 2009
    chapter: 'Isolation as disability and resource: considering sub-national island status in the constitution of the 'New Tasmania'', in The Case for Non-Sovereignty: Lessons from sub-national island jurisdictions, G Baldacchino and D Milne (ed), Routledge
  • 2009
    Lockwood M, Davidson JL, Curtis A, Stratford E, Griffith R, 'Multi-level Environmental Governance: lessons from Australian natural resource management', Australian Geographer
  • 2006
    Stratford E, 'Technologies of agency and performance: Tasmania Together and the constitution of harmonious island identity', Geoforum
  • 2002
    Stratford E, 'On the edge: a tale of skaters and urban governance', Social and Cultural Geography
  • 2001
    Stratford E, Harwood A, 'Feral Travel and the Transport Field: Some Observations on the Politics of Regulating Skating in Tasmania', Urban Policy and Research
  • 1999
    Australian Cultural Geographies, Oxford University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Child maltreatment, violence, offending, and educational attainment: policy and practice implications for women, children, and adolescents
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Tasmania
  • 2016
    Facilitating school-parent-community partnerships throughout Tasmanian to help children realise their educational potential
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Ian Potter Foundation
  • 2016
    Kentish Local Government Area Community Learning Plan
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Kentish Council, Tasmania
  • 2016
    Understanding education and career pathways for young Tasmanians
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of State Growth, Tasmania
  • 2016
    Launceston Big Picture School Evaluation
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education, Tasmania
  • 2016
    Review of Literacy Teaching, Training and Practice in Government Schools
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education, Tasmania
  • 2015
    Mobilities and Active Experiences in Tasmania
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Tasmania
  • 2014
    The Lively Regional City: Mapping City Centre 'Assemblages' that Work
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2008
    Community Engagement for Productive Ageing: Models to Support Rural Healthy Ageing through the Maintenance of Community Involvement and Contribution
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2006
    Pathways to Good Practice in Regional NRM Governance
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Land and Water Australia
  • 2003
    Island Communities, Island Rhetoric: Sustainable Development and the Global Promise?
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts (2016-2018)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers
  • Member, Association of American Geographers
  • Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Editor-in-Chief, Geographical Research journal
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • Editorial Board member, Geohumanities journal
  • Executive Board Member, International Small Islands Studies Association
  • Deputy Editor, Island Studies Journal

Research Areas

  • Policy And Administration (1605)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Land Use And Environmental Planning (120504)

Honours

Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers