Lilian has a natural and social science background and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in urban and remote settings. She is passionate about combining social and ecological science to explore the relationships between people and place, and in how different ways of interacting with the natural world, traditional knowledge systems, human values and ideas of nature influence conservation initiatives and outcomes.
Lilian worked full time as a Research Assistant with ARCUE between 2012 – 2015, primarily working on the project ‘Australian Native Grasslands: Guiding Landscapes and Communities in Transition’, a socio-ecological inquiry into understanding and mitigating the barriers to effectively managing and restoring Australia’s native grasslands. She now continues to work with ARCUE on a range of projects relating to social and cultural aspects of conservation and restoration on private and public land, while carrying out a PhD at the Fenner School for Environment and Society, ANU.
Pearce, L. M., Davison, A. & Kirkpatrick, J. B. (2015). Personal Encounters with trees: The lived significance of the private urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14, 1-7.