Dr Raven Cretney

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Qualifications: BA (Victoria University of Wellington, MEnvi (Victoria University of Wellington), PhD (RMIT)

About Raven

Raven's research focuses on the politics of disaster response and recovery, the theory and practice of effective citizen engagement and participation, and community led approaches to environmental management and conservation. Her work spans the disciplines of human geography and political science.

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in environmental planning in the School of Social Sciences.

She has also taught in the areas of human geography, environmental studies, development studies, and environmental politics and policy.

Research Interests

Her research interests include: disaster politics; resilience; activism; citizen engagement and participation; conservation & participatory environmental management.

Recent Publications

  • Lobo, M., Duffy, M., Witcomb, A., Brennan-Horley, C., Kelly, D. L., Barry, K., . . . Wolifson, P. (2020). Practising lively geographies in the city: encountering Melbourne through experimental field-based workshops. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03098265.2020.1712684

  • Munshi, D., Kurian, P., Cretney, R., Morrison, S. L., & Kathlene, L. (2020). Centering culture in public engagement on climate change. Environmental Communication, 14(5), 573-581. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1746680

  • Coffey, B., Bush, J., Mumaw, L., de Kleyn, L., Furlong, C., & Cretney, R. (2020). Towards good governance of urban greening: insights from four initiatives in Melbourne, Australia. Australian Geographer. doi:10.1080/00049182.2019.1708552

  • Barrett, P., Kurian, P., Simmonds, N., & Cretney, R. (2019). Community participation in the development of the Ōngātoro/Maketū Estuary project: The socio‐ecological dimensions of restoring an interconnected ecosystem. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi:10.1002/aqc.3048

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Environment Issues; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Politics; Geography; Human Geography

Disaster Politics; Resilience; Activism