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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 and Social Sciences
About Me

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

Susan specialises in Environmental Sociology, in particular the social dimensions of climate change and natural disasters. She has experience in social impact assessment, stakeholder analysis, social profiling, social and cultural indicator development, as well as coastal zone management and environmental policy.

Susan has been a member of the CQU Human Research Ethics Committee. Previously, Susan was the social science expert member of the Independent Science Panel for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and she has also provided advice to the government on zoning plans for conservation. She has undertaken research projects for the Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management and the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology. She was also involved in the Central Queensland Healthy Waterways Survey for the Port Curtis and Fitzroy regions.

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

Susan supervises doctoral-level students across a range of discipline areas (environmental science, sociology, health/nursing), topic areas (eco-anxiety, climate change, consumption attitudes & behaviour change, disability) and research designs (mixed methods, qualitative) and methodologies (grounded theory, cases study, phenomenology).

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

SOCL11059 Introducing Social Change

SOCL19069 Social Research Methods

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


Research Higher Degree supervision

Computer Software

QSR Nvivo


Survey Monkey

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.

Recent Research Projects
Tackling eco-anxiety in young people through tree planting and education
From: 25/05/2021 to 31/10/2023
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Noosa Biosphere Reserve Small Project Funding
Total Funding: $10,000.00
Challenges for Adopting Smart Water Meters in Regional Communities
From: 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Bundaberg Regional Council
Total Funding: $25,000.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4499 Other human society
  • 4409 Social Work
  • 4406 Human Geography

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
"The Bricoleur - Re-choreographing lives - re-writing the masterscript" The phenomenon of mothering as described by mothers of children living with spastic cerebral palsy.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Tackling eco-anxiety: using tree planting to offset transport emissions in the Noosa Shire
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
Influencing Australian consumers’ attitudes to meat consumption: Use of an educational intervention about land clearing and biodiversity loss.
Principal Supervisor
Complete Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Changing ecologies, shifting identities: the role of landscape and experience in shaping environmental values.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Intertidal conservation versus industrial development and the consequential social issues surrounding the Port Curtis region.
Associate Supervisor
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

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