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Dr. Susan Rockloff

PhD (Murdoch Univ),PostGrad Dip EIA (Murdoch Univ),BSc.(Hons)(Flinders University of SA)BSc (biological sciences)(Flinders University of SA)
Lecturer - Sociology
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sciences
Building 8 - G.43
CQU Bundaberg
About Me

Dr Susan Rockloff is a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences.

Susan specialises in Environmental Sociology, Social Impact Assessment and the social dimensions of climate change. She has extensive experience in coastal zone management and environmental policy as well as stakeholder analysis, social profiling and indicator development.

Susan has been a member of the CQU Human Research Ethics CommitteePreviously, Susan was the social science expert member of the Independent Science Panel for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

She has also been involved in the Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management and the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology. She was involved in the Central Queensland Healthy Waterways Survey for the Port Curtis and Fitzroy regions.

Her research background is in natural resource management, coastal zone management, regional governance, social impact assessment, social and cultural indicators, social resilience and ecotourism.

Susan supervises doctoral-level students across a range of discipline areas (environmental science, sociology, health/nursing).

Susan holds a PhD in Environmental Science (Social Sciences)(Murdoch University), a PostGraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment (Murdoch University), a B. Science (Biology)(Honours)(Flinders University of South Australia) and a B. Science (Flinders University of South Australia).

Universities Studied At

Flinders University of South Australia

Murdoch University

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University

Murdoch University

University of Western Australia


15 year Service Award (CQU)

20 year Service Award (CQU)

Previous teaching

SOCL11055 Self & Society / Sociology of Australian Society

SOCL19069 Social Science Research

NURS20168 Research Methods in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences

SOWK14004 Reconciliation in the Workplace and Community

SOCL19065 Rural Communities and Health

NURS11062 Inclusive Practice for Nursing

SOCL19057 Environmental Sociology

FAHE13003 Special Topics

SOCL11058 Science, Technology & Society

SOCL19070 Health & Medical Sociology

SOCL19060 Human Ecology

SOCL11056 Australian Identity

Professional Experience

Professional Memberships

International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


Research Higher Degree supervision

Computer Software

QSR Nvivo



Social Network Analysis

Consultancy Work

Senior Consultative Investigator (Nov 2003 – May 2004)

Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetlands Protection Programme.

Consultancy with the Coastal Cooperative Research Centre.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4499 Other human society

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Management
• Governance of coastal zone and marine resources in developing and developed nations • Food security and agricultural land protection with climate change • Environmental and social impact assessment in relation to coastal and marine development and management • Assessing adaptability & resilience of coastal communities to climate change • Social network analysis in natural resource management • Conservation and biodiversity governance in coastal areas • Managing coastal natural resource change after episodic events

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Environmental Sociology

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Rural Sociology

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Sociological Methodology and Research Methods

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology

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