Stewart  Lockie Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Stewart Lockie

Director, The Cairns Institute
James Cook University

Stewart Lockie is an environmental sociologist who's research addresses natural resource governance, biodiversity, food security, risk and global environmental change. As Professor of Sociology and Director of The Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Prof Lockie works with a range of people and institutions dedicated to social and environmental justice for people of the tropics and worldwide.


Prof Lockie received a PhD in Sociology from Charles Sturt University in 1997. The focus of this research, the evolution and impacts of environmental policy in agriculture, has since been extended to studies of biodiversity conservation, environmental standards, markets in ecosystem services, food security, coastal management, resource development, management of natural and industrial hazards etc.

The quality of Prof Lockie's work was acknowledged in 2012 in his election to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Prof Lockie also has considerable leadership experience, having led research centres and schools at Central Queensland University, the Australian National University and James Cook University.

Prof Lockie is Foundation Editor of Environmental Sociology, published by Routledge and official journal of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24). He also serves on the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee for Scientific Planning and Review


    B.App.Sci. (Agriculture)(Hons), Uni Western Sydney, 1991
    Ph.D. (Rural Sociology), Charles Sturt University, 1997

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    • environmental policy
    • environmental sociology
    • food and agriculture
    • natural resource management
    • rural sociology
    • social impact assessment

Personal Interests

    Running, cycling, triathlon, gardening, trekking, camping and my children's science projects.



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A Brief Sociology of Time

Published: Nov 17, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stewart Lockie explores the battles to control time, especially future time, that define our age. Safe passage to the future, he argues, is ultimately about power and who gets to decide what versions of the future are worth aiming for.

Social and Environmental Change

Published: Jul 28, 2014

We ask Stewart Lockie about society's understanding of social and environment change, what challenges there are for governing bodies dealing with social–ecological change and if he could make one policy change what would that be?