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Dr Douglas Bardsley

Telephone +61 8 8313 4490
Position Senior Lecturer
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Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Geography, Environment and Population

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Biography/ Background

Dr Douglas Bardsley is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population within the School of Social Sciences at Adelaide University.

Trained as a social geographer, an educator and an agricultural scientist his research interests over the last 18 years have focused on environmental and agro-ecological risk management, links between conservation and development, and education for sustainable development.  His research has been undertaken while working for the South Australian Government and while based in universities and research institutes in Australia, Switzerland and the UK, and has involved socio-ecological studies in Australia, Thailand, Turkey, Switzerland, Nepal and the European Union.  Over the last few years he has been researching climate change adaptation in the Adelaide-Mt Lofty Ranges and Alinytjara Wilurara regions of South Australia, and planning for bushfire risk mitigation within the Mediterranean biome.


Doctor of Philosophy (Geography), University of Melbourne

Post-Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne

Master of Arts by Coursework (Development Studies), Flinders University

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours, Agronomy), University of Adelaide

Teaching Interests

Dr Bardsley is currently supervising 2 students undertaking PhD Dissertations and convenes the Master of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Adelaide.

Courses taught at Undergraduate Level include:

GEOG 2139 Environmental Management

GEOG 3146 Food Security

GEOG 3137 Biogeography and Biodiversity Conservation (with Dr John Tibby)

GEOG 2142 Climate Change (with Dr John Tibby)

ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (Climate Change)

And at Postgraduate Level: GEOG 5002 Environmental Planning and Governance

Research Interests

Climate change risk and adaptation

Agrobiodiversity conservation

Agricultural development and risk

Environmental management and governance

Education policy and practice for sustainable development

Social perceptions analysis

Risk and vulnerability analysis


Bardsley D.K. (In Press) Too much, too young? Teachers' opinions of risk education in secondary school geography. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2016.1217075.

Moskwa E.C., Ahonen I., Santala V., Weber D., Robinson G.M. and Bardsley D.K. (In Press) Perceptions of bushfire risk mitigation and biodiversity conservation: A systematic review of fifteen years of research. Environmental Reviews DOI: 10.1139/er-2015-0070.

Bardsley D.K. and Wiseman N.D. (2016) Socio-ecological lessons for the Anthropocene: learning from the remote Indigenous communities of Central Australia. Anthropocene 14: 58-70.

Bardsley D.K., Wiseman N.D. and Hugo G.J. (2016) Generating narratives on future risk to inform regional climate change adaptation planning. In Knieling J. (ed.) Climate Adaptation Governance: Theory, Concepts and Praxis in Cities and Regions. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, 89-111.

Wiseman N.D. and Bardsley D.K. (2016) Monitoring to learn, learning to monitor: A critical analysis of opportunities for Indigenous community-based monitoring of environmental change in Australian rangelands. Geographical Research 54:52-71

Bardsley D.K. (2015) Limits to adaptation or a second modernity? Responses to climate change in the context of failing socio-ecosystems. Environment, Development and Sustainability 17:41-55.

Bardsley D.K. (2015) Message in a bottle: the wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change. In, Watson J. (ed.) Politics, Policy & the Chance of Change. The Conversation Yearbook 2015. Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp141-144.

Bardsley D.K. (2015) Navigating the roles of the social learning researcher: a critical analysis of a learning approach to guide climate change adaptation. Australian Geographer 46:33-50.

Bardsley D.K. (2015) Recreating diversity for resilient and adaptive agricultural systems. In Robinson G.M. and Carson D.A. (eds.) Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, pp404-424.

Bardsley D.K., Weber D., Robinson G.M., Moskwa E. and Bardsley A.M (2015) Wildfire risk, biodiversity and peri-urban planning in the Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia. Applied Geography 63:155-165.

Fielke S.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2015) A brief political history of South Australian agriculture. Rural History 26:101-125.

Fielke S.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2015) Regional agricultural governance in peri-urban and rural South Australia: strategies to improve multifunctionality. Sustainability Science 10:231-243.

Pandey R. and Bardsley D.K. (2015) Social-ecological vulnerability to climate change in the Nepali Himalaya. Applied Geography 64:74-86.

Wiseman N.D. and Bardsley D.K. (2015) Adapting to Climate Change on Country. Climate Change Addendum - Technical Report for the Alinytjara Wilurara Regional Management Plan. Government of South Australia/Australian Government, Adelaide. Available via

Wiseman N.D. and Bardsley D.K. (2015) Climate Change Addendum for the Alinytjara Wilurara Regional Management Plan, Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara, Government of South Australia/Australian Government, Adelaide. Available via

Bardsley D.K. (2014) A review of Christoff, Peter (ed.) (2014) Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World, London and New York: Routledge. Geographical Education 27:63.

Bardsley D.K. and Bardsley A.M. (2014) Organising for socio-ecological resilience: The roles of the mountain farmer cooperative Genossenschaft Gran Alpin in Graubünden, Switzerland. Ecological Economics 98:11-21.

Fielke S.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2014) The importance of farmer education in South Australia. Land Use Policy 39:301-312.

Hugo G.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2014) Migration and environmental change in Asia. In Piguet E. and Laczko F. (eds.) People on the Move in a Changing Climate: The Regional Impact of Environmental Change on Migration. International Organization for Migration, Geneva, pp21-48.

Lereboullet A.-L., Beltrando G. and Bardsley D.K. (2014) L'adaptation multiforme des terroirs viticoles au changement climatique: un cas d'étude comparative France (Roussillon)/Australia (McLaren Vale). In Quénol H. (ed.) Changement Climatique et Terroirs Viticoles, Lavoisier SAS, Paris, 377-404.

Lereboullet A.-L., Beltrando G., Bardsley D.K. and Rouvellac E. (2014) The viticultural system and climate change: coping with long-term trends in temperature and rainfall in Roussillon, France. Regional Environmental Change 14: 1951-1966.

Bardsley D.K. and Hugo G.J. (2013) Migration and climate change: examining thresholds of change to guide effective adaptation decision-making. In: Hugo G. (ed.) Climate Change and Migration, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 418-442.

Bardsley D.K. and Niven R.J. (2013) Transforming society to govern planned retreat: responding to "The contested nature of coastal climate change". Regional Environmental Change 13: 215-217.

Fielke S.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2013) South Australian farmers' markets: Tools for enhancing the multifunctionality of Australian agriculture. GeoJournal 78: 759-776.

Findlay C., Umberger W., Bardsley D., Tan Y. and Watson A.J. (2013) Asian Food in Transition: Priority Research for Food Security and Sustainable Futures in Australia, China and the Asia-Pacific Region. The University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia.

Lereboullet A.-L., Bardsley D.K. and Beltrando G. (2013) Assessing vulnerability and framing adaptive options of two Mediterranean wine growing regions facing climate change: Roussillon (France) and McLaren Vale (Australia). EchoGéo 23, DOI: 10.4000/echogeo.13384.

Lereboullet A.-L., Beltrando G. and Bardsley D.K. (2013) Socio-ecological adaptation to climate change: A comparative case study from the Mediterranean wine industry in France and Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 164: 273-285.

Niven R.J. and Bardsley D.K. (2013) Planned retreat as a management response to coastal risk: A case study from the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Regional Environmental Change 13: 193-209.

Pandey R. and Bardsley D.K. (2013) Human ecological implications of climate change in the Himalaya: Pilot studies of adaptation in agro-ecosystems within two villages from Middle Hills and Tarai, Nepal. Impacts World 2013. International Conference on Climate Change Effects. Potsdam, Germany, May, 2013.

Wiseman N.D. and Bardsley D.K. (2013) Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: A review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 18:1024-1045.

Bardsley D.K. and Wiseman N.D. (2012) It Depends Which Way the Wind Blows: An integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for the Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management region. AW NRM Board/Government of SA, Government of Australia, Adelaide. Available via

Bardsley D.K. and Wiseman N.D. (2012) Climate change vulnerability and social development for remote indigenous communities of South Australia. Global Environmental Change 22:713-723.

Bardsley D.K. and Pech P. (2012) Defining spaces of resilience within the neoliberal paradigm: Could French land use classifications guide support for risk management within an Australian regional context? Human Ecology 40:129-143.

Lereboullet A.-L., Beltrando G. and Bardsley D.K. (2012) Améliorer la capacité d'adaptation des agrosystèmes viticoles: Les apports complémentaires de la climatologie et des sciences sociales. Actes des Journées de la Commission Climat et Société du Comité National Français de Géographie, Liège, France, March 2012.

Lereboullet A.-L., Beltrando G. and Bardsley D.K. (2012) Climate change and viticulture in Mediterranean climates: the complex response of socio-ecosystems. A comparative case study from France and Australia (1955-2040). EGU General Assembly, April 2012, Vienna Austria, 194.

Bardsley D.K. and Rogers G.P. (2011) Prioritizing engagement for sustainable adaptation to climate change: An example from natural resource management in South Australia. Society and Natural Resources 24:1-17.

Bardsley D.K. and Hugo G.J. (2010) Migration and climate change: Examining thresholds of change to guide effective adaptation decision-making. Population and Environment 32:238-262.

Bardsley D.K. (2010) Research to support sustainable alternatives to the productivist paradigm in an era of climatic risk.  In: Proceedings of the Symposium Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food - ISDA 2010. Coudel E., Devautour H., Soulard C. and Hubert B. (eds.). Montpellier, June 28 to July 1, 2010, Cirad, Inra, SupAgro, Montpellier, France. 

Bardsley D.K. (2010) NatureLinks: A critical response to climate change impacts on biodiversity in South Australia.  South Australian Geographer 25:3-10, 42-44.

Bardsley D.K. and Sweeney S.M. (2010) Guiding climate change adaptation within vulnerable natural resource management systems. Environmental Management 45:1127-1141.

Bardsley D.K. and Sweeney S.M. (2010) Applying a climate change adaptation decision framework for the Adelaide-Mt Lofty Ranges. In, Jubb I., Holper P. and Cai W. (eds) Managing Climate Change: Papers from the Greenhouse 2009 Conference. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 167-176.

Hugo G., Bardsley D.K., Tan Y., Sharma V., Williams M. and Bedford R. (2009) Climate Change and Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Final Report to the Asian Development Bank, ABD, Manila.  Available in part as: Asian Development Bank (2011) Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. ADB, Manila.

Bardsley D.K. and Sweeney S. (2008) A Regional Climate Change Decision Framework for Natural Resource Management.  DWLBC Report 2008/21, South Australian Government, Adelaide.  Available at

Bardsley D.K. (2008) Agrodiversity in the Asia-Pacific. A review of Connell, John and Waddell, Eric (eds.) (2007) Environment, Development and Change in Rural Asia Pacific: Between Local and Global, London: Routledge. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 49:133-135.

Bardsley, D.K. (2008) Building Resilience into Marginal Agroecosystems: A Global Priority for Socio-ecological Sustainability. Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change, International Conference of the Socio-Ecological Research Programme, 22-23 February 2008, Berlin, Germany.

Bardsley D.K. and Liddicoat C. (2008) Community Perceptions of Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resource Management in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges. DWLBC Report 2008/14, South Australian Government, Adelaide. Available at

Crossman, N.D., Bryan B.A. and Bardsley D.K. (2008) Modelling Native and Exotic Flora Distributions under Climate Change. CSIRO Land and Water Science Report 01/08, January 2008.

Bardsley, D.K. (2007) A philosophy of diversity for sustainable agricultural development: Responding to climate change by empowering people. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 3(2):19-28.

Bardsley, D.K. (2007) Education for all in a global era? The social justice of Australian secondary school education in a risk society. Journal of Education Policy 22:493-508.

Bardsley D.K. and Bardsley A. (2007) A Constructivist Approach to Climate Change Teaching and Learning. Geographical Research 45:329-339.

Bardsley D.K. and Edwards-Jones G. (2007) Invasive species policy and climate change: social perceptions of environmental change in the Mediterranean. Environmental Science and Policy 10:230-242.

Bardsley D. (2006) Difference as a Resource for Sustainable Agricultural Development: Responding to the Globalization of Modern Agriculture by Supporting Local Agrobiodiversity. In: Dixon J., Neely C., Lightfoot C., Avila M., Baker D., Holding C. and King C. (eds.) Farming Systems and Poverty: Making a Difference -- Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium of the International Farming Systems Association: A Global Learning Opportunity (31 October - 3 November 2005, Rome, Italy). International Farming Systems Association, Rome, Italy, 13-20.

Bardsley D. (2006) There's a change on the way - An initial integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for Natural Resource Management in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Region. DWLBC Report 2006/06, South Australian Government, Adelaide. Available at

Bardsley D. (2006) The Adaptation Challenge: A Conversation in Climate Risk for 2030. A workshop tool produced for Adelaide-Mt Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and Murray-Darling Basin NRM Regions.

Bardsley D. (2006) Valuing diversity for sustainable futures: a response to Wood and Lenne. Land Use Policy 23:643-644.

Bardsley D. and Edwards-Jones G. (2006) Stakeholders perceptions of the impacts of invasive exotic plant species in the Mediterranean Basin. GeoJournal 65:199-210.

Bardsley D. and Edwards-Jones G. (2006) Changing perceptions in a changing climate: invasive plant species management in Mediterranean landscapes. In, Preston C., Watts J.H. & Crossman N.D. (eds.) Managing Weeds in a Changing Climate, Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference. Weed Management Society of South Australia, Adelaide, 103-106.

Bardsley D. and Thomas I. (2006) In situ agrobiodiversity conservation: examples from Nepal, Turkey and Switzerland in the first decade of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 49:653-674.

Bardsley D. and Thomas I. (2005) In situ agrobiodiversity conservation for regional development in Nepal. GeoJournal 62:27-39.

Bardsley D. and Thomas I. (2005) Valuing local wheat landraces for agrobiodiversity conservation in Northeast Turkey. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 106:407-412.

Bardsley D. (2004) Education for sustainability as the future of Geography education. Geographical Education 17:33-39.

Bardsley D. and Thomas I. (2004) In situ agrobiodiversity conservation in the Swiss inner alpine zone. GeoJournal 60:99-109.

Raquin A., Edwards-Jones G. and Bardsley D. (2004) Costs and benefits of invasive exotic plants in the Mediterranean. In, Arianoutsou M. and Papanastasis V.P. (eds.) Proceedings 10th MEDECOS Conference, April 25-May 1, 2004, Rhodes, Greece. Millpress, Rotterdam, 131.

Bardsley D. (2003) Risk alleviation via in situ agrobiodiversity conservation: drawing from experiences in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 99:149-157.

Bardsley D. (2002) Agriculture as conservation: the in situ conservation of crop landraces in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal. In, Holland PG, Stephenson F & Wearing A (eds) Geography -- a Spatial Odyssey, Conference Proceedings: Third Joint Conference, NZ Geographical Society & the Institute of Australian Geographers, Dunedin, University of Otago, 2001. NZ Geographical Society, Hamilton, 110-116.


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CategoriesEnvironment, Social Issues & Public Policy
ExpertiseClimate change risk and adaptation; Education policy and practice for sustainable development; Agricultural development and risk; Agrobiodiversity conservation; Environmental management and governance; Social perceptions analysis; Risk and vulnerability analysis.

Entry last updated: Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016

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