Natasha Stacey

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Office of the DVC and VP Research & Innovation , Natural Resources-based Livelihoods & HDR Coordinator – Environment, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods/College of Engineering, IT and Environment

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Natasha Stacey

Associate Professor, Leader Natural Resources-based Livelihoods Group and and HDR Coordinator – Environment, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods College of Engineering, IT and Environment, Charles Darwin University.


I am a social scientist with a PhD in anthropology and more than two decades of experience in research and development projects in natural resource management across the Asia-Pacific region.. For the last 15 years I have  worked in the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University (CDU). My PhD research focussed on Indonesian Fishing in Australian waters and I previously worked in the Pacific Islands at the South Pacific Regional Environment Program

I lead a multidisciplinary group of scientists and postgraduate scholars working on natural resource management, livelihood and food security projects in northern Australia and Southeast and mainland Asia. Our research aims to produce knowledge to enhance the livelihoods and wellbeing of Indigenous and local communities, while maintaining resource sustainability in Northern Australia and the Asia Pacific region, in particular, Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Current and recent research projects and consultancies have included: Supporting development of Indigenous Fishing Enterprises in the Northern Territory; Small-scale fisheries in Indonesia: benefits to households, the roles of women, and opportunities for improving livelihoods (ACIAR); Social Impacts of Small Scale Artisanal Mining (DFAT); Social Impact Study of the Bradshaw Field Training Area (Department of Defence); Improving coastal livelihoods and fisheries management in the cross -border regions of the Arafura-Timor Seas region (CDU);  and knowledge exchange as a tool for transboundary and coastal management of the Arafura and Timor Seas (GEF/UNDP) and  Indigenous perceptions of climate change and aquaculture enterprise development (NCCARF).

I also teach a Masters of Environment Management unit on “Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods’ focused on practical skills for enabling livelihood diversification in different Indigenous and developing country contexts.

I have supervised more than 20 postgraduate students and have 40 peer reviewed publications including a new co-authored book (2018) on Social Wellbeing and the Values of Small-scale Fisheries and a special journal issue on Understanding Coastal Livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas: Impacts and Opportunities of Contemporary Approaches to Development, Conservation and Resource Governance published in Marine Policy.


  • Sustainable livelihoods and diversification for rural people.
  • Gender, food security, traditional food systems and rural livelihoods
  • Indigenous livelihoods, natural resource management and ecological knowledge
  • Small-scale fisheries, aquaculture, marine conservation and food security
  • Applied anthropology, social impact assessment, socio-economic surveys and participatory action research 


2000   Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology), Northern Territory University

1992   Graduate Diploma of Museum Curatorship (Distinction), James Cook University.

1989   Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.

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livelihood Social Sciences
fishery Social Sciences
Indonesia Social Sciences
household income Earth & Environmental Sciences
protected area Earth & Environmental Sciences
food security Earth & Environmental Sciences
aquaculture Earth & Environmental Sciences
Bangladesh Social Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

Enhancing coastal livelihoods in Indonesia: an evaluation of recent initiatives on gender, women and sustainable livelihoods in small-scale fisheries

Stacey, N., Gibson, E. C., Loneragan, N., Warren, C., Adhuri, D., Wirwayan, B. & Fitriana, R., Dec 2019, In : Maritime Studies. 18, 3, p. 359-371 13 p., 142.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Following the fish inland: understanding fish distribution networks for rural development and food security

Steenbergen, D. J., Eriksson, H., Hunnam, K., Mills, D. J. & Stacey, N., Dec 2019, In : Food Security: the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food. 11, 6, p. 1417-1432 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Social Planning
Food Supply
rural development
food security

Gender matters in coastal livelihood programs in Indonesia

Gibson, E. C. & Stacey, N., 19 Dec 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured articleResearch

Open Access
1 Downloads (Pure)

Recent trends of forest cover change and ecosystem services in eastern upland region of Bangladesh

Ahammad, R., Stacey, N. E. T., Eddy, I., Tomscha, S. & Sunderland, T., 10 Jan 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 647, p. 379-389 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
upland region
forest cover
ecosystem service
Wood fuels

Sea Nomads: Sama-Bajau Mobility, Livelihoods and Marine Conservation in Southeast Asia

Stacey, N. & Allison, E., Feb 2019, At Home on the Waves: Human Habitation of the Sea from the Mesolithic to Today. King, T. & Robinson, G. (eds.). Berghahn Books, p. 309-331 23 p. (Environmental anthropology and ethnobiology; vol. 24).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

coral reef
Southeast Asia


Approaches to manganese mining in West Timor, Indonesia: perspectives, values, beliefs and sustainability

Author: Ling, H. J., Dec 2018

Supervisor: Stacey, N. (Supervisor), Fisher, R. (Supervisor) & Mudita, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Boats to burn: Bajo fishing activity in the Australian fishing zone

Author: Stacey, N., 1999

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU