Researcher biography

Dr Severine van Bommel is working as a senior lecturer in rural development and extension in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the University of Queensland. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist (forest and nature conservation policy, communication and innovation studies) specialising in the relationship between people and their environment in agriculture and natural resource management. In her research she takes an interpretive, interactive approach focussing on the role and potential of communication in processes of innovation and change, such as the mobilization of actors around issues, the creation of meanings in interaction, contestation of knowledge, development and resolution natural resource management conflicts, adoption and diffusion of technologies and behaviour change. Her research themes fall into three categories: 1) expertise in action ; 2) rethinking of 'adoption and diffusion'; 3) multispecies ethnography and more-than-human participation in research.

She has published on topics such as multi-stakeholder negotiation, boundary work, co-production of knowledge, circulation of meaning, landscapes of practices, multi-species ethnography as well as interpretive methods and methodology. Her publications include the co-edited books Forest-People Interfaces (Wageningen Academic Publishers 2012) and Forest and Nature Governance: a Practice based Approach (Springer 2013).

Her teaching involves various interdisciplinary and social science based courses (Participatory research, Development and Extension practice; Rural Community Development, Stakeholder Engagement; Working with Groups and Teams) and postgraduate supervision. She is part of the International Interpretive Policy Analysis network (IPA) whose international conference she organised in 2014 (with collaborators). She is also part of in the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) and the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).