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Research interests

 

Research Overview
 
In broad terms, my research focuses on the intersections between social change, environmental degradation and environmental governance. I have examined this through studies of the consumption of goods and materials, and associated issues of waste, reuse and materials recycling (Lane and Gorman-Murray 2011), and of the social and cultural aspects of land use change in rural and regional Australia and its biodiversity consequences. From 2013-16 I led a Monash University team on the Wealth from Waste CSIRO Flagship research collaboration which explored the potential for more advanced metals recycling in Australia. Through this work, I developed an interest in the interface between social science research on consumption and socio-technical transitions and industrial ecology assessments of material flows and environmental footprints.
 
Supervision areas
 

I am interested in research students with a strong background in social sciences with demonstrated experience with social science theory and methods. I particularly welcome applicants in the following areas:

  • Environmental governance at local, national and international scales particularly around biodiversity, waste and recycling, storm water, and air quality
  • Sustainable consumption – especially the links between housing and sustainable consumption
  • Environmental justice – especially the interface of expert knowledge and citizen science for improving environmental quality

 

 

 

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 1997 2018

Plant–Human Commoning: Navigating Enclosure, Neoliberal Conservation, and Plant Mobility in Exurban Landscapes

Cooke, B. & Lane, R., 2018, In : Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 108, 6, p. 1715-1731 17 p., AN-2017-0588.R2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

"Slowing" and "narrowing" the flow of metals for consumer goods: evaluating opportunities and barriers

Dominish, E., Retamal, M. L., Sharpe, S., Lane, R., Rhamdhani, M. A., Corder, G., Giurco, D., Florin, N. & Santos, D. E., 5 Apr 2018, In : Sustainability. 10, 4 , 22 p., 1096.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Unsustainable trajectories of domestic information technology use in Australia: Exploring diversity and the life course

Lane, R., Follett, K. & Lindsay, J. M., 2018, In : Geographical Journal. 184, 4, p. 357-368 12 p., GJ-RP-2017-90.R2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

What role for the social enterprises in the circular economy?

Lane, R. & Gumley, W. S., 2018, Unmaking Waste in Production and Consumption: Towards the Circular Economy. Crocker, R., Saint, C., Chen, G. & Tong, Y. (eds.). 1 ed. Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 133-147 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2019

  • 4 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission on the Victorian Circular Economy Discussion Paper

Ruth Lane (Fellow), Julian Yates (Contributor), Carl Grodach (Contributor)
31 Aug 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Draft National Hazardous Waste data and reporting standards

Wayne Gumley (Fellow), Ruth Lane (Fellow)
2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission on the Discussion Paper “Managing e-waste in Victoria: Starting the Conversation”

Ruth Lane (Fellow), Wayne Gumley (Fellow), Artem Golev (Fellow), Glen Corder (Fellow)
2015

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission on The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme - Operational Review

Artem Golev (Fellow), Glen Corder (Fellow), Ruth Lane (Fellow)
Nov 2014

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Press / Media

proposed new waste-to-energy plants for Victoria

Ruth Lane

12/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Plastic Bag Ban

Ruth Lane

2/08/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

War on Waste documentary series

Ruth Lane

2/02/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research