Thesis Outline

Between Process and Practice: Joint Management and Conservation Agencies in Australia


Outline of Thesis – Bold Blue Text Denotes Unfinished Sections

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 Doing Joint Management: Tnorala Vignette

1.2 Problem Statement & Aim:

Joint management as a form of protected area1] management is becoming increasingly common in Australia and elsewhere. Whilst there is a rich and diverse literature documenting Aboriginal aspirations and responses to joint management initiatives, in regard to the aspirations and responses of conservation agencies to joint management very little is understood. In the context of contemporary human-environmental relationships, this thesis sets out to examine what joint management means to government conservation agencies in the Northern Territory (NT). In particular, it explores how such meanings arise, are learned, reinforced and enacted within these institutions, situated within a theoretical framework that considers both conservation agencies and joint management to be part of a wider socio-cultural system.

1.3 Overview of the Literature

1.4 Geographical and Organisational Context

1.5 Rationale for Study

1.6 Overview of Thesis


Chapter 2: Mapping the Terrain (1): Protected Areas and Conservation Agencies

 2.1 Introduction. Vingette: Fencing Acacia peuce

2.1.1 Geography – background & rationale for chapter

2.1.2 Boundaries -scope and aims of chapter

2.2 Protected Areas (definition & history)

2.3 Emergence of Conservation Agencies in Australia (General history & NT detailed organizational history)

2.4 Contemporary Conservation Agencies

2.4.1 International Trends

2.4.2 Roles, Structure & Functions of Conservation Agencies in Australia

2.5 Conclusion


Chapter 3: Mapping the Terrain (2): Joint Management

 3.1   Introduction

3.2   Mapping Definitions

3.2.1 What’s in a Name? Co-operative Management, Co-Management or Collaborative Management?

3.2.2 Joint Management In Australia: An Overview

3.3 A History of Joint Management

3.3.1 International Context

3.3.2 Land Rights, Mining & Certainty: The Beginnings of Joint Management in Australia 1963-1976

3.3.3 In the Wake of ALRA: Kakadu National Park

3.3.4 Territorial Struggles: Joint Management 1981-1990

3.3.5 Accepted Practice, Native Title and the Ward Decision: Joint Management 1990-2002

3.3.6 The Framework for the Future: A Negotiated Settlement

3.4 Discussion: Critiques of Co-Management

3.5 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Methodology

 4.1   Introduction            

4.2   Towards the Horizon: Themes within the Literature

4.2.1 Case Studies

4.2.2 Instructional Literature

4.2.3 Overviews and Description

4.2.4 Problems With the Literature

4.3 Complexity Theories: A Way Forward?


Chapter 5: Learning By Doing

 5.1   Introduction:  Vignette

5.2   Into the Field  

5.2.1     Orientation

5.2.2     Learning the Culture

5.3   Conservation Agency Structure and Organisation

5.3.1      Structuring Structures

5.3.2      Social Organisation

5.3.3      Social Positions, Roles and Rules

5.3.4      Legislation, Policy and Procedures

5.4    Agents in PWS

5.4.1      Rangers

5.4.2      Joint Management and Planning Staff

5.5   Park Management Practice

5.5.1      Defining Protected Area Management

5.5.2      Protected Area Management: On the Ground

5.5.3      Protected Area Management Practices

5.5      Discussion: District Management and the Lot of the Bureau Professional

5.6      Conclusion


Chapter 6: Defining Joint Management 

6.1   Introduction – Vignette: Business as Usual: The Politics of Film Permits at Rainbow Valley

6.2   Beginning the Journey

6.2.1      The Ambiguity of the New

6.2.2      Not Another Bloody Meeting: The Politics and Rituals of Trust

6.2.3      On Country at Last: Joint Management Camps

6.3   Defining Joint Management                        

6.3.1      Structural Definitions: Legislation and Organisation-wide Definitions

6.3.2      Agents’ Definitions: How Do PWS Staff & Traditional Owners’ Define and Understand Joint Management?

6.4   Conclusion 


Chapter 7:  Doing Joint Management 

7.1 Introduction. Vignette: Jesus Dreaming

7.2 The Flexible Employment Program

7.2.1 Getting to Yes

7.2.2 Doing the Hard Yards

7.2.3  Gaining Legitimacy

7.2.4  The Elusive ‘Next ‘ Level

7.2.5  Something More Than Paid Work Experience

7.3 Doing Joint Management: Staff Perspectives

7.4 Joint Management Planning

7.4.1 Plans of Management in Conservation Agencies: A Master Narrative

7.4.2 Revisioning Planning

7.4.3 A Good Process

7.4.4 Participatory Planning?

7.5  Governance

7.6  Afterthoughts: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Heritage Management, Capacity Building


7.7 Conclusion  

Chapter 8: Discussion: Between Process and Practice 

Chapter 9: Conclusion


1The World Conservation Union (IUCN) defines protected areas as: ‘ …areas of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means‘ (IUCN 1994).