Dr Andrea Rawluk is an environmental sociologist and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. She focuses on a growing need for collaborative research and teaching that addresses contemporary social and environmental challenges. She contributes to working in social ecological challenges, such as bushfire and restoration, through sharing knowledge and engaging in conversations with the public and academy.
Originally from Canada and with a background in both the natural and social sciences, Andrea has a diversity of experiences in landscape change and transformation, working from a direction of social ecological justice, decolonisation, and diversification. She has had the privilege of working with different communities in the Canadian Arctic, Panama, regional Canada, Australia and Indonesia. In her research, she pursue topics including (but not exclusively): social ecological landscape change, collaborative research practice, bushfire planning and management, and walking with Traditional Owners to explore knowledge sharing of healthy Country. She coordinates two post-graduate subjects at the University of Melbourne: Sustainable Landscapes (ENST90043) and Building Resilient Settlements (ABPL90320) and is passionate about exchanging knowledge with and learning from members of the public, community organisations and students.