- Regional economic development
- Workforce mobility
- Demographic change
- Regional governance
- Application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies for environmental and natural resource management including renewable energy and agricultural production
- Water-energy-food nexus and environmental livelihood security.
- Issues concerned with disaster management including risk, vulnerability, early warnings and recovery
- Population health and the built environment
- Social sustainability and comparative laws, lifestyles and designs for co-living in higher-rise housing
- Urban coalitions and citizens shaping urban policy and governance (including the Committees for cities and region across Australasia, and community-led activation)
- Rethinking practices and policies for artificial lighting at night towards climate change adaption and healthier urban nightscapes for people and eco-systems
- Social planning emphasising participatory strategic and community development
- Planning and governance issues including government amalgamation, managing conflict, public and private commons, social innovation, and integrated life course approaches to urban development especially for children and young people
- Remote Aboriginal community-driven development, technology, empowerment and Indigenous peoples, traditional land management responsibility as a livelihood driver
- Resource sector social responsibility and Indigenous peoples interface, industry and regional socioeconomic development
- Issues concerned with globalisation, urban and economic restructuring, resource economies and uneven development
- Investigating how urban planning and economic development might increase productivity of innovation, social capital and knowledge-intensive industries
- Understanding labour and industry clustering and connectivity in networked economic systems applying various quantitative econometric and network analytical techniques
Natasha is a geographer who is particularly interested in understanding human-environment interactions in the management of biological resources. Some of her broad research interests include local knowledge and use of biological and environmental resources for livelihoods and ecosystem management, ecosystem services in mosaic landscapes (including smallholder agriculture, broadacre agriculture, and spatially diverse urban landscapes), and the interactions between natural and social systems in environmental management and planning.
Before joining UWA, Natasha gained experience in a variety of situations including as an environmental consultant with a small firm in Perth, as an environmental officer with a Western Australian State Government department, and with a London-based non-government organisation working on international conservation policy.
She has field experience in a range of environments and countries including Honduras, Colombia, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Australia, and speaks English and Spanish. Teaching-wise, Natasha co-ordinates GEOG3303 (Environmental Policy and Planning) and ENVT4404 (Environmental Planning and Management), as well as teaching into other units on topics related to sustainability and all aspects of environmental planning, policy and management.
- The spatial, temporal, demographic and socio-cultural characteristics of Indigenous migration in Australia and other settler-states
- The social geographies of urban-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- The development of relevant, reliable and representative indicators of Indigenous wellbeing for reporting, monitoring and planning purposes
- Development in rural Kenya (with a focus on education and gender)
- The nexus between research, policy, and practice