Dr Aurélie Delisle

Dr Aurélie Delisle

Position: Research Fellow 
Phone: +61 (0) 2 4221 4979
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 205
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia    


Originally from France, Aurélie is an environmental social scientist and economist. She holds a PhD from James Cook University during which she closely worked with remote Torres Strait Islander communities to help sustainably manage their dugong and green turtle fisheries. She has been involved in projects looking at the socio-economic impacts of a range of industries in North Queensland, climate change adaptation projects and a climate change study in the Mekong Region. 

Aurélie joined ANCORS in March 2014 as a Research Fellow in the Fisheries Governance Programme. She is working on a Community-Based Fisheries Management Project being implemented in Kiribati while leading the gender and economics component of the project in Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. She has extensive experience working with remote communities to develop and appraise the suitability of natural resource management tools in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. She also teaches during ANCORS short courses on fisheries management and guest lectures in the School of Law and the School of Biological Sciences. 

Research interests:

Human dimensions of natural resources management; Co-Management systems; Governance in social-ecological systems; Marine Spatial Planning; Knowledge management and learning approaches; Participatory approaches to management; Gender issues in natural resources management; Food security; Cultural ecosystem services 

Current research projects:

  • Improving Community-Based Fisheries Management in Pacific Island countries in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, WorldFish and funded by the Australia Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Marine Spatial Planning in Kiribati in collaboration with CSIRO
  • Food security in Kiribati in collaboration with colleagues from the School of Medicine and the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong. 

Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision:

  • Governance issues in co-management systems (fisheries, forestry…)
  • Gender issues in fisheries of the South Pacific
  • Human dimensions of natural resource management 

Recent awards and fellowships:

Invited guest speaker at the Global Island Women Network Symposium, 13-14 February 2015, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan 

Professional membership:

Society for Conservation Biology

International Association for the Study of the Commons 


Peer reviewed Journal Articles

Watkin Lui, F., N. Stoeckl, A. Delisle, M. Kiatkoski Kim and H. Marsh (in press) Motivations for sharing bushmeat with an urban diaspora in Indigenous Australia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

Charlton, K.E., J. Russell, E. Gorman, Q. Hanich, A. Delisle, B. Campbell and J. Bell (2016) Fish, food security and health in Pacific Island countries and territories: A systematic literature review. BMC Public Health 16, 1-26

Watkin Lui, F., A. Delisle, N. Stoeckl, M. Kiatkoski Kim and H. Marsh (2016) Setting the Table: Indigenous engagement on environmental issues in a politicised context. Society and Natural Resources, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1150541.

Campbell, B., Q. Hanich and A. Delisle (2016) Not just a passing FAD: Insights from the use of artisanal fish aggregating devices for food security in Kiribati. Ocean & Coastal Management 119, 38-44

Stoeckl, N., M. Esparon, O. Stanley, M. Farr, A. Delisle and Z. Altai (2014) The great asymmetric divide: An empirical investigation of the link between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous economic systems in Northern Australia. Papers in Regional Science, 93, 783-801

Stoeckl, N., M.Esparon, M. Farr, A. Delisle and O. Stanley (2013) Distributional and consumptive water demand impacts of different types of economic growth in two northern Australian river catchments. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19, 396-432

Kaur, K., J. Butler, A. Delisle and O. Stanley (2011) Identifying links between ecosystem services and Aboriginal well-being and livelihoods in north Australia: applying the millennium ecosystem assessment framework. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, 5, 931-946

Bohensky, E., J. Butler, R. Costanza, I. Bohnet, A. Delisle, K. Fabricius, M. Gooch, I. Kubiszewski, G. Lukacs, P. Pert and E. Wolanski. (2011) Future makers or future takers? A scenario analysis of climate change and the Great Barrier Reef. Global Environmental Change, 21, 876–893

Trouilloud, W., A. Delisle and D.L. Kramer (2004) Head raising during foraging and pausing during intermittent locomotion as components of antipredator vigilance in chipmunks. Animal Behaviour, 67, 789-797  


Book Chapter 

Costanza, R, E. Bohensky, JRA. Butler, I. Bohnet, A. Delisle, KE. Fabricius, MJ. Gooch, I. Kubiszewski, G. Lukacs, P.Pert and E. Wolanski (2011) A scenario analysis of climate change and ecosystem services for the Great Barrier Reef. In: Ecological Economics of Estuaries and Coasts. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, 12. Academic Press, London, UK, pp. 305-326. 



Vaartjes, V., Q. Hanich and A. Delisle (2015) Empowering Community-Based Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management: Strategies for Effective Training and Learning, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong.

Delisle, A., F. Watkin Lui, N. Stoeckl and H. Marsh (2014) The sharing and Consumption of dugong and turtle meat outside Torres Strait: Management Strategies and Options. Final Report for the Australian Marine Mammal Centre (Project # 11.6). Townsville: James Cook University.

Delisle, A., F. Watkin Lui, N. Stoeckl and H. Marsh (2013) The sharing and consumption of dugong and turtle meat outside the Torres Strait. Progress Report for the Australian Marine Mammal Centre. Townsville: James Cook University.

Thomas, C., D. Garvey, A. Delisle and I. Gordon (2011) Climate Futures: Preparing Coastal Tourism for climate change. Canberra: CSIRO.

Stoeckl, N., O. Stanley, A. Delisle, M. Esparon, M. Farr and A. Zulgerel (2010) Socio economic activity and water use in Australia’s Tropical Rivers: a case study in the Mitchell and Daly River Catchments. Report prepared for the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge. Townsville: James Cook University.

Welters, R. and A. Delisle (2009) A holistic analysis of the socio-economic impact of the Australian Defence Organisation and its interaction with the city of Townsville. Townsville: James Cook University. 



Delisle, A. (2015) Gender in Pacific Fisheries. Invited guest commentator at the Gender Studies in the Pacific: Experiences beyond Okinawa Symposium, Okinawa, Japan, 13-15 February.

Delisle, A., N. Stoeckl and H. Marsh (2012) Evaluation of management tools in an Indigenous fishery. Society for Conservation Biology’s Oceania Section Conference, Darwin, 21-23 September.

Delisle, A., N. Stoeckl, S. Larson and H. Marsh (2011) Maintenance of one’s culture and its consequences on the management of traditional sea resources. International Association for the Study of the Commons Conference, Hyderabad, India, 10-14 January.

Delisle, A., N. Stoeckl and H. Marsh (2010) Cognitive mapping: a tool for improving our understanding of the values of Indigenous hunting. International Society for Ecological Economics Conference, Oldenburg, Germany, 20-25 August.

Delisle, A. (2010) Benefits and costs of Indigenous hunting: preliminary results. Torres Strait Regional Authority Board Committee, Thursday Island, 13 August.

Delisle, A., T. Whap, N. Stoeckl and H. Marsh (2010) Economic analysis affirms efficacy of locally devised culturally appropriate NRM strategies. Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility Conference, Cairns, 17-20 May.

Delisle, A. (2009) Perceived costs and benefits of Indigenous hunting of dugongs and marine turtles: Mabuiag Island as a case study. Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics Conference, Darwin, 26-30 October.

Delisle, A. (2009) Assessing the economic value of marine turtle hunting to inform sea resource management policy in Torres Strait, Australia. 29th Sea turtle symposium, Brisbane, 16-20 February. 

Delisle, A. (2009) Using participatory based-mapping to identify links between special places ‘on country’ and Indigenous well-being: a case study of the Mullunburra-Yidinji people. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Cairns, 10-13 February.

Last reviewed: 27 April, 2016