I am an interdisciplinary social scientist working on environmental and natural resource management, and with a specialisation in fisheries and marine resource governance. I have a particular interest in qualitative and participatory research techniques, and in working with community, fisheries and Indigenous organisations on collaborative research and capacity building. I also have experience using mixed methods research approaches, and often work with decision makers and stakeholders on strategic policy oriented research.
For my Post-Doctoral Fellowship I am working on developing methods for assessing the governance of tuna fisheries in the Indo-Pacific region, in terms of how they influence the social wellbeing of fishing communities. With case studies in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, we aim to develop approaches that can be widely applied to assist in social, cultural and economic considerations being taken into account in fisheries decision making, for the betterment of the communities that depend on these resources for food and livelihoods.
Since 2005 I have worked on projects related to conservation and protected area management in India, Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste, and since 2011 on fisheries and coastal resource management in Australia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. Prior to joining UTS I established and ran Field GIS Australia, a small training and research organisation specialising in the interface between community engagement, environmental management, and spatial data technology.
Can supervise: YES
Fisheries and marine resource governance
Biodiversity and protected areas
Indigenous cultural heritage management
Community based natural resource management
Barclay, K, McClean, N, Foale, S, Sulu, R & Lawless, S 2018, 'Lagoon livelihoods: gender and shell money in Langalanga, Solomon Islands', Maritime Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 199-211.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2018, The Author(s). Gender shapes livelihoods through access to resources and the distribution of benefits from economic activities. To work effectively with local people, resource management and community development initiatives should therefore be sensitive to the influence of gender on livelihoods. This paper considers gender in the context of broader social trends around livelihoods and focuses on a case study of shell money production and trade in the Langalanga Lagoon in Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. We pool data from several recent research projects with historical material from secondary sources. We find that the gender division of labour in the shell money value chain has changed somewhat over time, particularly in that women are now actively involved in trading. However, this shift has created friction due to norms about what kinds of activities are suitable for women, and who should control cash incomes. Whilst shell money remains one of the most important livelihoods in Langalanga lagoon, our findings also illustrate that the shell money value chain and the income earned varies considerably from family to family, with some making a better living than others. We argue that interventions seeking to improve livelihoods in coastal communities should thus be based on an understanding of differentiation within communities, and practitioners should consider whether interventions will result in community development, or may have the impact of increasing inequality between families.
McClean, N 2014, 'Myth, resistance, and identity in Timor-Leste's Nino Conis Santana National park', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 153-173.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Since the end of the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste in 1999, a significant revival of local cultures and identities in public life has been occurring. In this article I discuss aspects of identity and culture among Fataluku-speaking people in relation to the recent establishment of the Nino Conis Santana National Park over much of their homeland. Today Fataluku cultural and historical stories provide a basis for their status as an autonomous and sovereign cultural group, as well as a legacy of intercultural negotiation and alliance that arguably reflects regional patterns of migration and social change over thousands of years. With the park's 15,000 residents continuing to rely on its forests and reefs for subsistence, recent restrictions on hunting have highlighted the need for increased local community support if the park is to achieve its conservation aims. I argue that long-standing traditions surrounding the negotiation of social and political change within Fataluku society provide a potential basis for cooperation with the new nation-state and for developing community-oriented park management policies. Copyright © The National University of Singapore 2014.
McClean, NR 2013, 'Being on Country: Githabul approaches to mapping culture' in Brockwell, S, O'Connor, S & Byrne, D (eds), Transcending the Culture–Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage Views from the Asia–Pacific region, ANU E Press.
This collection brings together papers on the current mechanisms in place in the region to conserve cultural heritage values.
McClean, NR Association for Handline and Pole and Line Fisheries Indonesia 2017, Identifying key social and economic issues in Indonesia's archipelagic waters skipjack and yellowfin tuna fisheries: A scoping study, Jakarta.
Indonesian Handline and Pole and Line Fisheries Association
International Pole and Line Foundation
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Jakarta
Centre for Ecological Sciences - Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore