Natasha Stacey

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Natasha Stacey

Associate Professor, Leader Natural Resources-based Livelihoods Group and School HDR Coordinator: Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, School of Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, Charles Darwin University.



2000   Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology), Northern Territory University, Australia.

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

1989   Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.


I hold 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 and in particular in Indonesia. For the last 12 years I have worked in the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

 In my role as Associate Professor at the Research Institute for the Environment an Livelihoods, I lead a multidisciplinary group of scientists and postgraduate scholars working on natural resource management, conservation, and livelihood and food security projects in northern Australia and Southeast and mainland Asia. Current and recent research projects and consultancies have included: Small-scale fisheries in Indonesia: benefits to households, the roles of women, and opportunities for improving livelihoods’ (ACIAR); evaluating Indigenous capacity for aquaculture enterprise development in NT (NAMRA); improving coastal and marine livelihoods, and fisheries management in the cross -border regions of the Arafura-Timor Seas region (CDU);  knowledge exchange as a tool for transboundary and coastal management of the Arafura and Timor Seas (GEF/UNDP) ; social impacts of artisanal mining in eastern Indonesia (DFAT GPFD); rehabilitating blue carbon mangrove habitats in Indonesia (NTG); and  Indigenous perceptions of climate change and aquaculture enterprise development (NCCARF).

I also teach a Masters of Environment 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 with a new co-authored book (2018) on Social Wellbeing and the Values of 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 

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livelihood Social Sciences
fishery Social Sciences
household income Earth & Environmental Sciences
protected area Earth & Environmental Sciences
food security Earth & Environmental Sciences
Indonesia Social 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., 6 Jun 2019, In : Maritime Studies. p. 1-13 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., Eriksson, H., Hunnam, K. J., David, M. & Stacey, N., 5 Nov 2019, In : Food Security: the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Social Planning
Food Supply
rural development
food security

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

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

The Small-Scale Fisheries of Indigenous Peoples: A Struggle for Secure Tenure Rights

Jentoft, S., Stacey, N., Sunde, J. & González, M., 2019, Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Analysis and Practice. Chuenpagdee, R. & Jentoft, S. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 263-282 20 p. (MARE Publication Series 21).

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



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

Author: Stacey, N., 1999

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU