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Sociogeomorphic evolution of an Australian upland river: a physical-and-social basis for rehabilitation

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posted on 2022-03-28, 12:06 authored by Simon Mould
In many Australian river management settings there is a need to broaden and deepen participation and knowledge integration, particularly between physical and social sciences and with indigenous knowledges. Recent developments in geomorphological thinking that promote place based and reflexive practice in studying emergent landscapes may provide a basis for connecting geomorphology with diverse ways of knowing. In this thesis a sociogeomorphological view of a chain of ponds river system provides a social-and-physical historical context for river management, revealing physical and social constraints on achievement of sustainable river management. Recognising the need for more appropriate engagement with indigenous voices, this thesis established the beginnings of cross-cultural dialogue using ethnogeomorpholoical principles in a reconfiguration of relationships between people and between people and place. By remaking these relationships, the river was re-made for research participants and the researcher in a way that constitutes river rehabilitation in its own right. This conceptualisation of river rehabilitation as concerning physical-and social relationships has implications for recognition of the political work of geomorphology, alongside other ways of knowing, in achieveing sustainable river management.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction, literature review and thesis aims -- 2. Regional setting and methods -- 3. Results -- 4. Discussion -- 5. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 61-69

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environmental Sciences

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kirstie Fryirs

Additional Supervisor 1

Richard Howitt


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New South Wales


1 online resource (v, 71 pages) colour illustrations, maps

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