Dr Hanabeth Luke, Senior Lecture in Science and Agriculture
Southern Cross University
In times of turbulent change, we need complex and adaptive solutions to support the development of socio-ecological resilience and wellbeing across our rural communities.
This critically important focal point deeply motivates Dr Hanabeth Luke to work with regional communities to develop resilience in times of transition, bringing communities to science, and vice versa. She is a passionate educator who has been teaching and conducting research in Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering since 2011. Her work both translates complex scientific research to a general readership; and uses information arising from social research to inform decisions around strategic planning for farmers and scientists, as well as industry and government.
In her work at the University she is the founding coordinator of Southern Cross University’s world-first Regenerative Agriculture degrees, which have been a resounding success, bringing together hundreds of farmers interested in regenerative transition, while also attracting new people to the sector. Dr Luke leads a number of research projects working across agricultural organisations, universities and public sector bodies. She has published academic papers on a range of topics, from social license to operate and community resilience to landscape-scale regeneration.