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Miss Melissa Gordon

Melissa GordonMiss Melissa Gordon

PhD student

Topic: Adoption of community engagement in Australian plantation forest companies

Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, University of Tasmania

Melissa’s research aims to improve forest plantation companies’ adoption of community engagement practices and commitment to the principles of corporate social responsibility. As part of that, her research explores company culture.

Effective participation and engagement between plantation companies and the community is essential to achieving positive social outcomes of sustainable forest management.

Melissa works with two forest plantation organisations to understand how and why those companies undertake community engagement. Using this case study method, the research aims to provide insights to help Australian forest plantation managers overcome practical limitations to community engagement adoption.

Melissa brings varied academic and practical experience to her current research. She studied a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Tropical Forestry) in her native Queensland, before gaining a range of work experience. This included one year as an AusAID Youth Ambassador for Development working on a tree farm project in the Philippines and two years as a tree farm supervisor with a plantation company in Western Australia.

Melissa’s passion is to contribute to sustainable forest management outcomes and to promote good communication between plantation companies and the community.

Melissa’s supervisors are:
Professor Frank Vanclay, University of Tasmania
Dr Michael Lockwood, University of Tasmania
Dr Jacki Schirmer, Australian National University

Her PhD studies contribute to the CRC for Forestry 'Communities' Project 4.3.