Dr Katie Moon


I am committed to improving the health and quality of social-ecological systems. I have focused my research into three main streams that support understanding and decision-making for equitable social-ecological outcomes. I am eager to work with new collaborators and available to supervisor Honours, Masters and PhD students. color:black">Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year)  mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black">are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) under my supervision. If you are interested, please feel free to get in contact with me at k.moon@unsw.edu.au

Stream 1: Environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship is an ethic that seeks cooperative, sustainable and equitable management of resources. Within a stewardship framework, all members of society have a responsibility to steward resources to ensure that both current and future generations can access the goods and services they need from ecosystems. Stewardship is also concerned with ensuring that ecosystems themselves can continue to function and provide life-supporting services for all species.

I am collaborating on two main projects that focus on more effective operationalization of stewardship. The first project explores the relationships between stewardship and property. Because the concept is concerned with the management of resources, it must engage with ‘property’ - the medium for allocating use rights in resources. By tying the concept to the framework of property rules, rights and duties, it becomes possible to identify who has a stewardship responsibility and to whom, and relatedly, how power over resources is distributed within a system. The second project examines the possibilities for stewardship outcomes over spatial and temporal scales. We have developed an 8-step approach to identifying beneficiaries related to the prevailing system of property rights. This approach makes it possible to identify the jurisdictional scale of resource inequalities, providing opportunities to increase the equitable distribution of goods and services through the application of appropriate policy instruments.

Recent or highly cited stewardship publications

Aligning ‘public good’ environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy

Is All Stewardship Equal? Developing a Typology of Stewardship Approaches

Security and equity of conservation covenants: contradictions of private protected area policies in Australia


Stream 2: Social science philosophy and methods

People are understood through the social sciences, by examining: what they think and why; their values, culture and perceptions; their knowledge of systems and processes; and what motivates them to adopt certain behaviours. Engaging with and interpreting social science research requires at least a basic understanding of the philosophical principles and theoretical assumptions of the discipline. My work in this field supports effective engagement of the social sciences with the conservation agenda.

Two areas of interest in this space are improving the outcomes of social science in conservation and ecology disciplines, and combining methods in novel ways to create improved understandings of social-ecological systems. I have a particular interest in mental models research and am working on a number of projects in this area.

Recent or highly cited social science publications

A guide to understanding social science research for natural scientists

A guideline to improve qualitative social science publishing in ecology and conservation journals

Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology and methods (in press)

Using Multiple Methods to Understand the Nature of Relationships in Social Networks

Stream 3: Biodiversity conservation

The field of conservation biology is an action-oriented, values-based, behavioural discipline that seeks to re-imagine the future as “a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth”. This increasing focus on social and behavioural dimensions is critical to advancing the conservation agenda, because “conservation is a goal that can only be achieved by changing behavior”.

One of my current projects is with colleagues around the some of mso-ansi-language:EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">dominant assumptions made about the social dimensions of conservation. The value-laden nature of the discipline, combined with insufficient integration with the social sciences, has resulted in the manifestation of many and varied implicit assumptions about the social dimensions of conservation that can be problematic for conservation theory and practice. mso-ansi-language:EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">We examine their premises, then offer alternatives that might be useful. We anticipate that this contribution will improve engagement with social and behavioural disciplines and contribute to more effective conservation outcomes.

Recent or highly cited conservation publications

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A Landholder‐Based Approach to the Design of Private‐Land Conservation Programs:

Using quantitative influence diagrams to map natural resource managers’ mental models of invasive species management

Please get in contact with me if you would like copies of any of these manuscripts and visit my Google Scholar profile page for more publications: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=Hke8LxUAAAAJ&view_op=...

Research Area

Book Chapters

Moon K; Blackman D; Dickinson H, 2020, 'Mapping “Implementation System” Elements', in Sullivan H; Dickinson H; Henderson H (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Springer, Online, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03008-7_21-1

Blackman DA; Moon K; Harris S; Sarre SD, 2014, 'Knowledge management, context and public policy: developing an analysis framework', in Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management Adaptation and Context, Edward Elgar Publishing

Blackman D; Moon K; Harris S; Sarre S, 2014, 'Knowledge management, context and public policy: developing an analysis framework', in Örtenblad A (ed.), Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783470426.00022

Moon KA; Cocklin C, 2012, 'Policy and management options for the mitigation of environmental change', in The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change Volume 1: Approaches, Evidences and Causes Volume 2: Human Impacts and Responses, SAGE

Journal articles

Pérez-Hämmerle KV; Moon K; Possingham HP; Martinez-Harms MJ; Watson JEM, 2020, 'Eroded protections threaten U.S. forests', Science, vol. 370, pp. 921 - 922, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.abf5654

Moon K; Browne NK, 2020, 'Developing shared qualitative models for complex systems', Conservation Biology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13632

Kidd LR; Garrard GE; Bekessy SA; Mills M; Camilleri AR; Fidler F; Fielding KS; Gordon A; Gregg EA; Kusmanoff AM; Louis W; Moon K; Robinson JA; Selinske MJ; Shanahan D; Adams VM, 2019, 'Messaging matters: A systematic review of the conservation messaging literature', Biological Conservation, vol. 236, pp. 92 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.020

Gardner K; Dickinson H; Moon K, 2019, 'Re-orienting health systems through a commissioning approach: Finding solutions for improved consumer engagement', Health Research Policy and Systems, vol. 17, pp. 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12961-019-0471-9

Moon K; Guerrero A; Adams V; Biggs D; Blackman D; Craven L; Dickinson H; Ross H, 2019, 'Mental models for conservation research and practice', Conservation Letters, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12642

Moon K; Blackman DA; Adams VM; Colvin RM; Davila F; Evans MC; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Bennett NJ; Dickinson H; Sandbrook C; Sherren K; St. John FAV; van Kerkhoff L; Wyborn C, 2019, 'Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, pp. 294 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13126

Moon K; Adams VM; Cooke B, 2019, 'Shared personal reflections on the need to broaden the scope of conservation social science', People and Nature, vol. 1, pp. 426 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10043

Adams VM; Moon K; Álvarez-Romero JG; Bodin Ö; Spencer M; Blackman D, 2018, 'Using Multiple Methods to Understand the Nature of Relationships in Social Networks', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 31, pp. 755 - 772, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2018.1425514

Peat M; Moon K; Dyer F; Johnson W; Nichols SJ, 2017, 'Creating institutional flexibility for adaptive water management: insights from two management agencies', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 202, pp. 188 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.059

Moon K; Blackman D; Adams V; Kool J, 2017, 'Perception matrices: An adaptation of repertory grid technique', Land Use Policy, vol. 64, pp. 451 - 460, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.03.023

Nichols SJ; Barmuta LA; Chessman BC; Davies PE; Dyer FJ; Harrison ET; Hawkins CP; Jones I; Kefford BJ; Linke S; Marchant R; Metzeling L; Moon K; Ogden R; Peat M; Reynoldson TB; Thompson RM, 2017, 'The imperative need for nationally coordinated bioassessment of rivers and streams', MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, vol. 68, pp. 599 - 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15329

Blackman D; Moon K; Brewer T; Sarre S, 2016, 'Environmental governance for urgent and uncertain problems', Biological Invasions, vol. 19, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-016-1351-7

Moon K; Brewer TD; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Adams V; Blackman D, 2016, 'A guideline to improve qualitative social science publishing in ecology and conservation journals', Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, vol. 21, pp. 17 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08663-210317

Jakku E; Thorburn PJ; Marshall NA; Dowd AM; Howden SM; Mendham E; Moon K; Brandon C, 2016, 'Learning the hard way: a case study of an attempt at agricultural transformation in response to climate change', Climatic Change, vol. 137, pp. 557 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1698-x

Moon K; Adams VM, 2016, 'Using quantitative influence diagrams to map natural resource managers’ mental models of invasive species management', Land Use Policy, vol. 50, pp. 341 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.10.013

Moon K; Blackman D; Brewer T, 2015, 'Understanding and integrating knowledge to improve invasive species management', Biological Invasions, vol. 17, pp. 2675 - 2689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-015-0904-5

Cooke B; Moon K, 2015, 'Aligning ‘public good’ environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy', Ecological Economics, vol. 114, pp. 152 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.027

Brewer TD; Moon K, 2015, 'Towards a functional typology of small-scale fisheries co-management informed by stakeholder perceptions: A coral reef case study', Marine Policy, vol. 51, pp. 48 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.020

Moon K; Blackman D, 2014, 'A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, pp. 1167 - 1177, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12326

Pearson LJ; Moon K, 2014, 'A novel method for assessing integration activities in landscape management', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 130, pp. 201 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.06.008

Higgins V; Dibden J; Potter C; Moon K; Cocklin C, 2014, 'Payments for Ecosystem Services, neoliberalisation, and the hybrid governance of land management in Australia', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 36, pp. 463 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.10.003

Marshall NA; Dowd A-M; Fleming A; Gambley C; Howden M; Jakku E; Larsen C; Marshall PA; Moon K; Park S; Thorburn PJ, 2014, 'Transformational capacity in Australian peanut farmers for better climate adaptation', Agronomy for Sustainable Development, vol. 34, pp. 583 - 591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-013-0186-1

MOON K; ADAMS VM; JANUCHOWSKI-HARTLEY SR; POLYAKOV M; MILLS M; BIGGS D; KNIGHT AT; GAME ET; RAYMOND CM, 2014, 'A Multidisciplinary Conceptualization of Conservation Opportunity', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, pp. 1484 - 1496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12408

Moon K, 2013, 'Conditional and resistant non-participation in market-based land management programs in Queensland, Australia', Land Use Policy, vol. 31, pp. 17 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.08.011

Adams VM; Moon K, 2013, 'Security and equity of conservation covenants: Contradictions of private protected area policies in Australia', Land Use Policy, vol. 30, pp. 114 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.03.009

Januchowski-Hartley SR; Moon K; Stoeckl N; Gray S, 2012, 'Social factors and private benefits influence landholders' riverine restoration priorities in tropical Australia', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 110, pp. 20 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.05.011

Moon K; Marshall N; Cocklin C, 2012, 'Personal circumstances and social characteristics as determinants of landholder participation in biodiversity conservation programs', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 113, pp. 292 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.09.003

MOON K; COCKLIN C, 2011, 'A Landholder-Based Approach to the Design of Private-Land Conservation Programs', Conservation Biology, vol. 25, pp. 493 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01639.x

Moon K; Cocklin C, 2011, 'Participation in biodiversity conservation: Motivations and barriers of Australian landholders', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 27, pp. 331 - 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.04.001