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Prof Elaine Stratford

Honorary Fellow

The University of Tasmania

Elaine's two passions are higher education and the studies for children and young people, especially those based in island locations.

Since the mid-2000s, Elaine has been focused on understanding diverse forms of leadership as they apply to the values and mission of higher education. She now facilitates the LH Martin Institute's national Tertiary Education Leadership program at the University of Melbourne, and is both a Fellow of the Institute and an inaugural graduate of its Masters of Tertiary Education Management (2010).

In over 190 works, from scholarly books to community conversations, Elaine has written on creative responses to climate change among islanders; sustainability and globalization more broadly, especially as they are affected by geopolitics; governance and environmental policy; on sense of place and on the geographics of young people and women. Her individual and group projects have secured over $6m in competitive grants, commissioned research and consultancies, and she has contributed to four international arts festivals. Elaine has supervised 30 higher degree dissertations, 22 masters coursework theses and minor dissertations, and 36 honours degrees, and she mentors a number of staff at a number of higher education organisations.

Elaine serves as an elected member of the University of Tasmania's Academic Senate, and was Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies from 2005-2013. She is a member of the ARC College of Experts, Editor-in-Cief of Geographical Research journal, Deputy Editor of the Island Studies Journal and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Geohumanities journal. Elaine is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers and of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of Bristish Geographers and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Global Islands Network, the International Small Islands Studies Association, and the International Geographical Union's Commission on Small Islands.