Australian geographers make a major contribution to educating and informing Australians about the region.
Areas of specific interest include:

  • The impacts of climate change in the region—including the biophysical and human processes contributing to climate change, and the interconnections between the two.
  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change – place-specific responses.
  • Sea-level rise and its implications for the island nations of the Pacific.
  • The causes of wetland loss and degradation.
  • Conflicts over land and resource development that examine how complex interactions between local, regional, national and international levels produce different outcomes in different places.
  • Linkages of rural communities with urban areas through permanent or temporary migration.
  • The nature of agricultural change.
  • The efforts of local communities and marginalised peoples to find development approaches that meet their needs and values.
  • Water management in a multinational context.
  • Food security.
  • Intra-regional migrations.

Rising sea levels areas are a threat to the island of the islands of the Pacific (Source: Shutterstock)

Relevant careers include climate change assessment and planning; community development; environmental and social impact assessment; environmental monitoring and management; environmental science; geographic information systems (GIS); mitigation and disaster management; international development and aid; local and regional development; natural resource management; planning; populational analysis; public policy; defence and natural security; remote sensing; sustainability; and tourism management.