The Great Barrier Reef: Politics of Marine Conservation program is part of a thematic series of OGE programs that focuses on human and environment interactions on a global scale.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its extraordinary beauty and biodiversity, the Great Barrier Reef is a global environmental icon and home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Despite its protected status, the Reef has become a symbol of the challenges facing humanity in balancing economic imperatives with environmental protection.
Enter the complex world of environmental politics and policy, where marine science and conservation efforts meet economic and political institutions to drive policy outcomes. This program will take you to Queensland, Australia, where the coastal city of Townsville will serve as your gateway to understanding the array of competing interests that affect the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will meet with local politicians, bureaucrats, activists, marine scientists, Indiginous peoples and “ordinary Australians” to understand varying perspectives on issues surrounding the protection and preservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
Through an integration of lecture, discussion, field research, and experiential activities, the course will use the Great Barrier Reef as a case study to examine the process of evidence-based policymaking, emphasizing the roles of vested interests, party politics, and political institutions.
Georgetown Faculty Director(s):
Alan Tidwell, Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies (CANZPS)