Dr Benjamin Cooke

Ben is a lecturer in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT, with a background in environment management, planning and geography.

Ben’s research interests include human-environment relations, urban natures, environmental stewardship, private land conservation and resilience theory. Ben is particularly interested in research that explores the space between social/cultural theory and applied concepts and practice in environmental management.

Ben is currently working on a research project with rural landholders in Victoria to examine their experiences of an ecosystem services program that pays them for their conservation efforts. The project is exploring themes of social and ecological resilience across spatial and temporal scales, and how these objectives align with short-term payment schemes for ecosystem service delivery.

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Why ‘green cities’ need to become a deeply lived experience

Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Green space is increasingly recognised as useful for moderating the heat island effect. Hence, this helps cities adapt to, and reduce the consequences of, climate change.

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It’s not all in your head

New study explores new ways of describing the connection between people and planet.

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Publications

Dwelling in the biosphere: exploring an embodied human– environment connection in resilience thinking

Cooke, B, West, S and Boonstra, W 2016, '(In press) Dwelling in the biosphere: Exploring an embodied human-environment connection in resilience thinking', Sustainability Science, pp. 1-13.

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The co-presence of past and future in the practice of environmental management: Implications for rural-amenity landscapes

Cooke, B 2017, 'The co-presence of past and future in the practice of environmental management: Implications for rural-amenity landscapes' in Lesley Head, Katarina Saltzman, Gunhild Setten, Marie Stenseke (ed.) Nature Temporality and Environmental Management Scandinavian and Australian Perspectives on Peoples and Landscapes, Taylor and Francis Group, New York, United States, pp. 77-93.

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The Role of Social Networks and Trusted Peers in Promoting Biodiverse Carbon Plantings

We propose that targeting champions and trusted peers in local communities could accelerate the proliferation of biodiverse carbon planting schemes.

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Dwelling in the biosphere: exploring an embodied human–environment connection in resilience thinking

Dr Benjamin Cooke, Simon West, Wiebren J. Boonstra

This paper examines how the resilience concepts of planetary boundaries and reconnecting to the biosphere frame human–environment connection in terms of mental representations and biophysical realities.

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Re-thinking rural-amenity ecologies for environmental management in the Anthropocene

Cooke, B and Lane, R 2015, 'Re-thinking rural-amenity ecologies for environmental management in the Anthropocene', Geoforum, vol. 65, pp. 232-242.

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How do amenity migrants learn to be environmental stewards of rural landscapes? Landscape and Urban Planning

Cooke, B and Lane, R 2015, 'How do amenity migrants learn to be environmental stewards of rural landscapes?', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 134, pp. 43-52.

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Aligning ‘public good’ environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy

Cooke, B and Moon, K 2015, 'Aligning 'public good' environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy', Ecological Economics, vol. 114, pp. 152-158.

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