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Senior Research Fellow, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Rachel is a social researcher and anthropologist, with a focus on environment, science studies, Pacific studies, gender, religion and race. She has undertaken research into pathways for achieving nature-based climate mitigation and adaptation, landscape and community-based resilience, the social dimensions of environmental challenges, people's connections with nature and each other, diverse knowledges and ethical systems, and the social role and position of science. She has worked in research, industry, government and NGO sectors, and at the interface of science and policy.


  • 2021–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2021
    Knowledge Broker, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
  • 2016–2016
    Project officer, Science Policy and Programs, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2011–2015
    Research fellow, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University


  • 2022 
    Australian National University, Graduate Certificate (Environment)
  • 2011 
    Australian National University, PhD (Anthropology)