Postgraduate student Lily van Eeden awarded Fulbright Scholarship

13 April 2018

Lily van Eeden from the Faculty of Science and Dougal Robinson from the United States Studies Centre have been awarded the prestigious scholarships to undertake further study in the United States.

Reciprocally, the University welcomes Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Professor Jean Lau Chin from the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York.

The scholarships are administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission to foster educational exchange between host countries and the United States.

Lily van Eeden: Fulbright NSW Postgraduate Scholar

Lily van Eeden is the Fulbright New South Wales Postgraduate Scholar. Her study of the dingo and its relationship to, and impact on, Australia's ecosystem and farming economy is the focus of a major research project to address the cost to the industry of around $89 million per year.

"There's an idea that Australian farmers are at war with the dingo, which threatens their livestock and their livelihoods but the 'war' has not been successful to date, despite managing the issue for more than 200 years. In fact, the problem shows signs of worsening," said Ms van Eeden.

Lily's research explores new ways to address the issue of Australia's largest indigenous terrestrial mammal by focusing on the human dimensions of management: the farmers.

Lily will conduct comparative research looking at how Australian-American predator management systems differ by asking how farmers make decisions, who influences their choices, and what role public opinion might play in the future.

"There's so much I can learn from working with these researchers to bring home and expand the field in Australia. It will open up a world of possibilities to improve conservation and wildlife management in Australia in the future."

Lily will collaborate with the Predator Ecology Lab at the University of Washington, comparing the Australian and American contexts and providing an opportunity to learn from the experiences of ranchers who live alongside large predators such as wolves, mountain lions, and bears.

"Australia remains a long way behind America in research into the social science side of wildlife management and conservation. The Fulbright Scholarship is invaluable to furthering our understanding of human and wildlife conflict."

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