Natasha Stacey

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Office of the DVC and VP Research & Innovation

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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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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Dietary diversity and fish consumption of mothers and their children in fisher households in Komodo District, eastern Indonesia

Gibson, E. C., Stacey, N., Sunderland, T. C. H. & Adhuri, D., 1 Apr 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 4, p. 1-22 22 p., e0230777.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Gender matters in coastal livelihood programs in Indonesia

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

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  • 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.

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    Applying visual methods for learning and communication in natural resource management

    Author: Petheram, L., Jan 2011

    Supervisor: Stacey, N. (Supervisor) & Campbell, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU

    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


    Assessing the impact of a marine protected area on coastal livelihoods: a case study from Pantar Island, Indonesia

    Author: Fitriana, R., Mar 2014

    Supervisor: Stacey, N. (Supervisor), Stanley, O. (Supervisor) & Cunningham, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


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

    Author: Stacey, N., Nov 1999

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Contested discourses: aboriginal attitudes towards non-native plants and engagement in weed management in Cape York, northern Australia

    Author: Smith, N. M., Dec 2013

    Supervisor: Stacey, N. (Supervisor), Aslin, H. (Supervisor) & Setterfield, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU