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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
CQU Bundaberg
About Me

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

Susan specialises in Environmental Sociology and Social Impact Assessment. She has extensive experience in coastal zone management and environmental policy as well as stakeholder analysis, social profiling and indicator development. Susan's passion is in the governance of natural resources.

Susan is also a member of the CQU Human Research Ethics Committee.

Previously, Susan has 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)

Academic Awards 

Doctor of Philosophy  Murdoch University, Western Australia (part-time)   2003  Topic: Organising for Sustainable Natural Resource Management: Representation, Leadership and Partnerships at Four Spatial Scales.

Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment (Distinction/High Distinction) School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Western Australia (part-time)  1997

Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) (Honours)  Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 1990

Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 1989

Merit Awards

Land and Water Australia Postgraduate Scholarship             1997

Zonta International Scholarship for Women in Science           1987


CQUniversity - high achievement in research in the area of Natural Resource Management, presented by the Vice Chancellor.

Previous teaching

SOCL19057 Environmental Sociology

SOCL11058 Science, Technology & Society

SOCL19070 Health & Medical Sociology  

SOCL19060 Human Ecology

SOCL11056 Australian Identity

SOCL11055 Self & Society

Professional Experience

April 2013 - June 2016, Social science research expert for Independent Science Panel of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (State Govt Initiative)

Feb 2013 - present, member on CQU Human Research Ethics Committee

Nov 2000 - Feb 2006, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Social Science Research (Institute for Health & Social Science Research), CQUniversity, Rockhampton.

Feb 2006 - present, Lecturer, School of Human, Health and Social Sciences, CQUniversity, Bundaberg.

Professional Memberships

International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Computer Software

QSR Nvivo

Consultancy Work

Social Science Researcher (April 2013 - present)

Social and cultural indicator development

Independent Science Panel, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership

Gladstone Harbour Report Card (2014, 2015)

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:

  • Policy and Administration
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Sociology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available 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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