Ms Rachel England

Ms Rachel England

Position: ANUCES Associate
School and/or Centres: Centre for European Studies


Phone: 0411 536 585

Location: Building 141, Linnaeus way, Canberra ACT 2601


BSc (Hons I, ANU)


Rachel England is an ANUCES Associate and a PhD research scholar at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. Her thesis is entitled 'Indigenous women’s ways of being, knowing and doing sustainable development.'

She commenced her research with the Fenner School in late March 2016. Her PhD research is interdisciplinary, focusing on Indigenous women’s ways of living sustainably on their country, and how these ways differ to the dominant sustainable development approaches and practices of their respective States. The aim is to offer insights into how sustainable development-related policy can be informed (reformed) to reconcile with Indigenous peoples’ worldviews of sustainability and their quests for self-determination.

Rachel's two semi-comparative case studies are with and for two Indigenous communities: the White Grass people of Tanna island (Vanuatu), and the Nyikina people of the Mardoowarra (colonially known as Fitzroy River, west-Kimberley region, Western Australia).

Rachel is an environmental scientist with a passion for qualitative research methodologies, decolonising research, and sustainability practices. Her other particular interests are sociology, biocultural diversity, gender studies, and science communication (graduate of two Sustainable Stand Up comedy courses).

Since 2002, Rachel has worked for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) (policy development and plant pest risk assessments), AusAID (science capacity building in Samoa), Australian Department of Defence (Defence Force training area/base environmental management), and private sector environmental consulting (for a range of government and non-government clients).

In 2018 Rachel became a partner investigator with the Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Network (an EU-funded programme that will span 2018-2020).

At ANU, Rachel is a student representative on the Climate Change Institute (CCI) internal Advisory Committee, the Fenner School Board, the Fenner School Research Committee, and the Fenner Invited Seminar Series (gender) organising committee. She is a member of the ANU Pacific Institute, ANU Gender Institute, the ANU Methodology for Integrative, Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Engagement (AMICIE) forum, and various groups within the Fenner School of Environment and Society, such as the Small Island Developing States (SIDS); Gender Equity Discussion; Policies, Institutions and Economics for Sustainability (PIES); and Human Ecology.

From 2015 to 2017, Rachel was an elected member of the ACT Branch Committee of the Australian Water Association (AWA). She is also a member of the International Water Centre (IWC), having completed an IWC Leadership Short-Course in 2014; the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS); the Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania); and the Institute of Australian Geographers.

Connect with Rachel via email or one of these social platforms: Academia | LinkedIn | ORCHID | ResearchGate | Twitter.


Written publications


  • ‘Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate’ 2nd Pacific Climate Change Conference, February 2018, Wellington NZ [presenter]
  • Codification and Creation of Community and Customary Laws in the South Pacific and Beyond Conference, July 2018, ANU, Canberra [presenter]
  • ‘Creative Conversations, Constructive Connections’ NZGS/IAG Conference, July 2018, Auckland NZ [presenter]
  • Climate Change Institute Talanoa Dialogue ‘Implementing the Paris Agreement’, August 2018, ANU, Canberra [presenter and panellist]


  • Convenor of the 2019 ENVS3028/6528 Environmental Policy [3rd/4th year + Masters].



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