Wimmera Research Group

About us


Our research investigates a range of aspects of sustainable rural and regional communities, including:

  • Behaviour change strategies
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Farmer's knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards climate change
  • Sustainability and community wellbeing indicators and reporting
  • Decision support tools for community engagement
  • Social dimensions of water management
  • Adaptive water management
  • Community perceptions of environmental management
  • Leadership in rural communities

We use a collaborative approach to our research, to help build regional capacity and capability through partnerships with local organisations, industry and government agencies, as well as with other research organisations. We have strengths in environmental and social science, with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative techniques.


With our research we aim to:

  • Advance understanding of the factors that contribute to sustainable rural and regional communities
  • Provide research partners and the community with knowledge to foster the region's capacity to adapt to change, build resilience and achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability

Current research

  • Understanding 2011 Grampians natural disaster, addressing the risk and resilience
  • Building local government change agents for resilient and sustainable communities
  • Institutional resilience and vulnerability within a complexity framework
  • Understanding the mixing behaviour of a deep reservoirs
  • Understanding biofilms in Lake Bellfield
  • Use of ponds for maintaining healthy frog populations on farms
  • Sustainable water management in tourism

Research partners