Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Program Team

The program has been developed by Dr Rik Thwaites whose major interests are in sustainable development, and the social dimensions of the nexus between conservation (including protected areas), communities (including Indigenous communities) and tourism. Rik trained as a geologist and worked for some years as a glaciologist with Australian Antarctic Division, and later as a freelance photographer and photojournalist, and environmental consultant. Rik came to Charles Sturt University for PhD studies in the social sciences, in which he examined the application of the Biosphere Reserve concept to a large area of grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China, and the factors influencing the sustainability of use of those grasslands.