Dr Margaret Ayre

Ph.D.

University Fellow

Margaret holds a Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons) and doctorate (History and Philosophy of Science) from The University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis was on the development of contemporary, cross-cultural and sea management strategies on Yolngu Aboriginal estates in North Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

She has worked as: a land/water management planner (1994/5); Lecturer with the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (1995/7); as a Senior Policy Officer (2002/07) on the development of national oceans policy; as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with CSIRO (2007/10) in collaborative water planning; and as a Research Fellow (2010-2015) and Senior Lecturer (2016-) in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

In her current role, Margaret works on transdisciplinary projects related to climate change and climate variability, catchment management, agricultural extension, regional development and collaborative research and land and sea management with Indigenous communities and organisations. 

Research Interests

Maragret is an applied social scientist and her research interests are in the production of scientific and other knowledge/s and the relationship between science, technology and society in natural resource management policy and practice, agricultural innovation systems and Indigenous community-based land and sea management.

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Research Projects

Current Projects

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, ‘Looking Back to Look Forward’ - looking at the role of Yolngu Indigenous rangers in sustainable Yolngu Aboriginal community-based land and sea management.

Tiwi Land Council and Tiwi Land Rangers to support integrated land use planning on the Tiwi Islands.

Publications & Resources

Journal Articles

Ayre, M., Nettle, R., & Erazo- Bobenreith, M. (2016). Doing water research differently for innovation in regional water productivity in Australia.  Australian Journal of Water Resources. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2016.1162763

Santhanam-Martin, M., Ayre, M., & Nettle, R. (2015). Community sustainability and agricultural landscape change: insights into the durability and vulnerability of the productivist regime.  Sustainability Science, 10. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0268-2

Ayre, M., & Nettle, R. (2015). Doing integration in catchment management research: Insights into a dynamic learning process.  Environmental Science & Policy, 47, 18-31. DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.10.011

Nettle, R., Ayre, M., Beilin, R., Waller, S., Turner, L., Hall, A., Irvine, L., &Taylor, G. (2015). Empowering farmers for increased resilience in uncertain times.  Animal Production Science, 55. DOI: 10.1071/AN14882

Hoverman, S., & Ayre, M. (2012) Methods and approaches to support Indigenous water planning: An example from the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory. Australia Journal of Hydrology, 474, 47-56.

Ayre, M., & Mackenzie, J. (2012). “Unwritten, unsaid, just known”: the role of Indigenous knowledge/s in water planning in Australia. Local Environment, 18, 753-768.

Ayre, M. (2010). What is an innovation learning community? On being inspired by teaching from country program to reflect on my participation in a Yolngu learning community. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 2, 115-124.

Ayre, M., & Verran, H. (2010). Learning to be an Aboriginal ranger: inductions into a cross-cultural knowledge domain. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 1, 2-19.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Hayman, G., Harrison, M., Cullen, B., Ayre, M., Armstrong, D., Mason, W., Rawnsley, R., Nettle, R., Beilin, R., Waller, S., and Phelps, C. (2014). Preparing Australian dairy businesses for extreme and more variable climates—a research project integrating economic, biophysical and social aspects, Proceedings of the International Livestock, Climate Change and Food Security conference, Madrid, Spain, 19-20 May.

Harrison, M., Hayman, G., Brown, R., Cullen, B., Ayre, M., Armstrong, D., Mason, W., Rawnsley, R., Nettle, R., Beilin, R., Waller, S., Phelps, C., & White, M. (2014). Preparing Australian dairy businesses for extreme and more variable climates through interdisciplinary research, Proceedings of the International Livestock, Climate Change and Food Security conference, Madrid, Spain, 19-20 May.

Nettle, R., Ayre, M., Beilin, R., Waller, S., Turner, L., Hall, A., Irvine, L., & Taylor, G. (2014). Empowering farmers to be more resilient in uncertain times, Proceedings of the Double blind reviewed for Australasian Dairy Science Symposium in Hamilton, New Zealand, 19-21 December 2014, pp. 40-55.

Ayre, M., Nettle, R., & Erazo, M. (2014). A consultation process for developing an innovation agenda for Regional Water Productivity in Australia: the case of a fledgling innovation platform in research, 11th International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Symposium, Berlin, 1-4 April.

Santhanam-Martin, M., Nettle, R., Miller, F., & Ayre, M. (2013). ‘Neo-productivism, post-productivism or bust: Grappling with farming and landscape futures in the Mitta Valley’,  Agri-food conference, 1-4 December, Melbourne

Ayre, M., Nettle, R., & Love, S. (2012). Supporting integration and co-development as processes of collective learning and action for catchment management in Australia. Proceedings of the 10th International Farming Systems Association Symposium Aarhus, 1-4 July. http://ifsa.boku.ac.at/cms/fileadmin/Proceeding2012/IFSA2012_WS5.3_Ayre.pdf

Moore, G.A., Langford, J., Ayre, M., Learmonth, G., Brizga, S., & Wallis, P.J. (2011). The Murray Darling Basin game—A model to explore water allocation decisions. MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2011 (Chan F, Marinova D & Anderssen RS (eds.)), pp. 1652-1658.

Research Reports

Stewardson, M.J., Skinner, D., Ayre, M., Barlow, S., Cook, B., Farquharson, B., et al. (2014) A Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity. Parkville, VIC: The University of Melbourne. http://issuu.com/carltonconnect/docs/water_productivity_blueprint

Ayre, M., & Nettle, R. (2012). The Value of Integrated Research. In J. Lanford (ed), Farms, Rivers and Markets Overview Report. Research report to the National Water Commission, Canberra. Parkville, VIC: The University of Melbourne.

Tan, P., Mooney, C., White, I., Hoverman, S., Mackenzie, J., Burry, K., Baldwin, C., Bowmer, K., Jackson, S., Ayre, M., & George, D. (2011). Tools for Water Planning: Lessons, Gaps and Adoption. Waterlines Report Number 37. Canberra, ACT: National Water Commission. http://archive.nwc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/10947/Waterlines_no37_tools.pdf

Hoverman, S., Ayre, M., Tan, P.L., & Jackson, S. (2010). Planning for Tiwi Islands water resources future. In P. Tan, C. Mooney, I. White, S. Hoverman, J. Mackenzie, K. Burry, C. Baldwin, K. Bowmer, S. Jackson, M. Ayre & D. George (eds.), Tools for Water Planning: Lessons, Gaps and Adoption. Waterlines Report Number 37 (pp. 283-382). Canberra, ACT: National Water Commission. http://archive.nwc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/10947/Waterlines_no37_tools.pdf.

Tan P, Jackson S, Oliver P, Mackenzie J, Proctor W and Ayre M (2008) Collaborative Water Planning: Context and Practice Literature Review. Volume 1. Uniprint, Griffith University, Brisbane. Research report to the National Water Commission.

Ayre M (2008) Collaborative Water Planning Retrospective Case Study 4.2, Water Planning in the Ord River Region of Western Australia, Griffith University and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Brisbane. Research report to the National Water Commission. http://npsi.gov.au/files/products/track/pn21213/pn21213.pdf

Arbon, V., Arnott, A., Ayre, M., Blohm, R., Grenfell, M., Purdon, A., Vemuri, R. and Wearne, G. (2003), Negotiating Work: Northern Territory Indigenous Labour Market Report and Development Plan, Centre for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Educational Contexts, Northern Territory University, Darwin.

Henry J, Smith P, Ayre M (2003) Evaluation of LearnScope. Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds. Research report to the National LearnScope Steering Committee (Commonwealth Government).

Langton M, Ma Rhea Z, Ayre M. and Pope J (2003) Composite Report on the Status and Trends Regarding the Knowledge, Innovations and Practices of Indigenous and Local Communities Relevant to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. Research report the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme. 

Ayre, M. (1998) Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation. In Arnott, A., Clark, T., Clarke, L., Henry, J., Langton, M., and Wells, J. (eds.) Djama and Vet: Exploring partnerships and practices in delivery of vocational education and training in rural and remote Aboriginal communities, NTU Press Vol. 2, pp. 71-123.

Margaret Ayre

Contacts

T: 0435 961 804
E: mayre@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne, VIC

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