TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Owen Stanley

Owen Stanley

Owen Stanley
Project Leader
Charles Darwin University

Owen is a Professor with the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University. Most of Owen's research and consultancy has been in the area of the economic development of remote Australian Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.  Owen has also conducted research in the development of indigenous communities in Alaska and in PNG.  Other areas of research interest include regional economic development, cost-benefit analysis, and environmental economics.

Owen led a project that looked at new ways to involve Indigenous people in water planning during the first phase of TRaCK research.


Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes For Governments, this research enabled Indigenous aspirations to be more clearly heard within mainstream water planning processes, thus leading to more inclusive policy making and better decisions. For Indigenous land holders, ranger groups and organisations this research has developed skills, capacity and confidence that they are able to actively shape decisions that affect the river values that are important to them. Through this research Indigenous landholders are now better positioned to understand and say what's important to them and how they want the future to unfold. For catchment authorities, natural resource management boards and landcare groups, this research has meant that their work in identifying priority land management tasks is done with a more active and useful contribution from Indigenous partners.