Can birds of different feathers flock together? Research collaborations in regional Australia

Collaboration is vital in NRM space, as no one person or organisation can successfully address all the complex socio-ecological issues facing NRM in Australia. Research institutes and NRM practitioner agencies bring complementary expertise, experience and resources to complex – and at times conflictual – social, institutional and external contexts, at the personal and organisational levels. Limited literature has recorded successful instances of long-term collaboration between research and practitioner NRM agencies in Australia, and even fewer peer-reviewed studies investigating possible barriers to relationships and communication on which these collaborations are based. Our study investigated the perceived barriers for establishing and maintaining agency-research collaborations, using a qualitative analysis of transcripts of interviews with ILWS/CSU researchers practitioners from North East CMA.

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