Rachel is an environmental scientist/feminist geographer with research and practitioner experience in the areas of environmental policy, Defence environmental management, biosecurity and pest risk assessment/management. Born and raised on Wiradjuri country (NSW) in a town where chunks of coal were valued backyard toys, Rachel is interested in the complex social and gendered impacts of climate change and sustainable development interventions.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Science (Botany & Zoology) with Honours degree from the Australian National University (2022), 14 years of experience working in Government and private sector consulting, and convened the ANU's Environmental Policy (ENVS3028/6528) semester 1 course in 2019 and 2020. Rachel's PhD research is with Indigenous women on their ways of being, knowing and doing sustainable development. This research seeks to critique the approaches taken by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via the viewpoints of women in two case studies - the Nyikina and Mangala people of the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) in the west-Kimberly region [who strongly influenced the ethical design and methodology], and the White Grass people of central-west Tanna, Vanuatu [where most data was able to be generated].
At ICEDS, Rachel is the Executive Education Coordinator, responsible for delivering the Institute's professional education program of climate, energy and disaster solution short courses.
- Numerous consulting reports and policy documents relating to environmental impact assessment, natural resource management (NRM) programme monitoring and evaluation, and on-ground environmental monitoring. Reports are commercial or government in confidence and unable to be shared.
- Kriticos, DJ, Stuart, RM & Ash, JE. 2004. ‘Exploring interactions between cultural and biological control techniques: modeling bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. rotundata) and a seed fly (Mesoclanis polana)’, Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds Conference, eds. J.M. Cullen, D.T. Briese, D.J. Kriticos, W.M. Lonsdale, L. Morin and J.K Scott, pp. 559-566. (CSIRO, Canberra).
- Stuart, RM. Chrysanthemoides monilifera. ‘Chrysanthemoides monilifera
- Stuart, RMChrysanthemoides moniliferaMesoclanis polana Proceedings of the 13th Australian Weeds Conference
- Stuart, RM. 2002. ‘A biological control model for Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. rotundata (Asteraceae) by Mesoclanis polana (Tephritidae)’, BSc (Hons) thesis, unpublished. (Australian National University, Canberra). (Hardcopy only available).
- ‘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].