Research & publications


Essays and creative non fiction

Cleland, Deborah (2019) Smoke: the legacy of tobacco in rural Victoria, Overland

Cleland, Deborah (2019) The Perfect Scholar, Paradigm Shift

Cleland, Deborah (2017) Fishing for a career: alternative livelihoods and the hardheaded art of academic failure, Journal of Working Class Studies 2(2): 148-160 (special edition on Academic Poverty

Cleand, Deborah (2016) Feminism and creativity, Feminartsy

Cleland, Deborah (2011) If wishes were fishes, Griffith Review 32: Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas (p233-240)

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Hamilton, Sharynne, Deborah Cleland, and Valerie Braithwaite (2019) “‘Why can’t we help protect children too?’Stigma by association among community workers in child protection and its consequences.” Community Development Journal.

Cleland, Deborah and Raissa O’Caya San Jose (2018) Rehearsing inclusive participation through fishery stakeholder workshops in the Philippines, Conservation and Society, 16(3)  351-362 PDF: ConservatSoc000-1880994_003120

Cleland, Deborah (2017) A playful shift: field-based experimental games offer insight into capacity reduction in small-scale fisheries, Ocean and Coastal Management, 144: 129-137

Cleland, Deborah (2017) Viable metaphors: the art of participatory modelling for communicating sustainability science. Knowledge Management for Development Journal 13(1): 39-55

Muallil, Richard, Deborah Cleland and Porfirio M Aliño, (2013) Socioeconomic factors associated with fishing pressure in small-scale fisheries along the West Philippine Sea biogeographic region, Ocean and Coastal Management 82, 27-33

Cleland, Deborah et al (2012) Simulating the Dynamics of Subsistence Fishing Communities: REEFGAME as a Learning and Data-Gathering Computer-Assisted Role-Play Game, Simulation & Gaming, 43(1): 102-117

Melbourne-Thomas, Jessica, Craig R. Johnson, Pascal Perez, Jeremy Eustache, Elizabeth A. Fulton and Deborah Cleland (2011) Coupling Biophysical and Socioeconomic Models for Coral Reef Systems in Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean. Ecology and Society 16 (3): 23

Muallil, Richard, Rollan Geronimo, Deborah Cleland, Reniel Cabral, R, Maria VA Doctor, Abbie Cruz-Trinidad and Porfirio M Aliño, Willingness to exit the artisanal fishery as a response to scenarios of declining catch or increasing monetary incentives, Fisheries Research 11:1-2, 74-81

Cleland, Deborah and Wyborn, Carina (2011) A reflective lens: applying critical systems thinking and visual methods to ecohealth research, Ecohealth 7(4), pp414-424

Perez, Perez, Anne Dray, Deborah Cleland, D, Ernesto Arias-Gonzalez (2009). An Agent-Based Model to Address Coastal Management Issues in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, In Anderssen et al (eds) MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, pp. 72-79

Book chapters, E-books & guides

Wyborn, Carina & Deborah Cleland,  (2010) “Using visual methods to explore conflicts in land and seascape management” in V.A. Brown et al, Tackling wicked problems: using the transdisciplinary imagination, Earthscan, London (winner of the 2010 Gerald Young Book Award for ‘the highest standards of scholarly work in the field of human ecology)

Cleland Deborah, Maria Doctor Maria VA and Pascal Perez (2010) ReefGame Tool Demonstration Guide in: Ecosystem-Based Management Toolkit for Philippine Coastal Resource Management. Marine Science Institute, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Cleland Deborah et al (2010) “SimReef and ReefGame: gaming for integrated reef research and management” in Cleland, D, Melbourne-Thomas, J, King, M, Sheehan, G, (eds) Building capacity in coral reef science: An anthology of CRTR scholars research, p123-131

Other media

Interview for scienceRewired (October 2012)

Alino, Perry, Abbie Trinidad, Reniel Cabral, Richard Muallil, Deborah Cleland, Mags C Quibilan & Samuel Mamauag (2011) ‘Sharing knowledge – an excellent base for good decisions: Knowledge sharing projects from the Philippines’, Decision Point #49: Decisions in the Coral Triangle

Research Interests

  • Regulation and social capital
  • Qualitative social research
  • Transdisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and integrative research
  • Protected area management
  • Socio-economic agent based modelling
  • Public participation, action research and participatory modelling
  • Role of fun, hope, games and creativity in sustainability and behaviour change
  • Visual methods
  • Action research
  • Project ethnography

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