Kamaljit K Sangha
Kamaljit Sangha works as an Ecological Economist at the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University. She has developed skills and knowledge in the trans- disciplinary area of Ecological Economics—intersecting ecological, economic, and social sciences—over the last 15-20 years. Her main research interests include:
1. Understanding and highlighting the role of natural systems for human wellbeing (particularly, for Indigenous and local communities);
2. Valuing ecosystems for their services (Ecosystem Services) to inform policy decision making;
3. Developing Payments for Ecosystem Services mechanisms;
4. Sustainable natural resource management by integrating socio-economic and ecological perspectives;
5. Understanding the role of ‘country’ for Indigenous wellbeing through evaluating marketable (tangible) and non-marketable (intangible) benefits;
6. Assessing the ‘true value’ of small-scale agricultural system to promote and support sustainable, local economies.
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Books, Book chapters & Special issues
Archer R, Russell-Smith J, Kerins S, Costanza R, Edwards A, Sangha K (2019) Change and continuity: the North Australia cultural landscape. In: Sustainable Land Sector Development in Northern Australia: Indigenous rights, aspirations, and cultural responsibilities. Russell-Smith J, James G, Pedersen H, Sangha K (Eds), pp. 9-34. CRC Press, Boca Raton USA.
Russell-Smith J, James G, Pedersen H, Sangha K (Eds) (2019) Sustainable Land Sector Development in Northern Australia: Indigenous rights, aspirations, and cultural responsibilities. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Russell-Smith J, Murphy BP (2020) Contemporary fire management in Australia’s fire-prone northern savannas. In: Wildland fire science: concepts and applications. (Eds Fernandes P, Rego F, Morgan P, Hoffman C), in press. Springer, USA.
Russell-Smith J, Sangha KK, Costanza R, Kubiszewski I, Edwards A (2019) Towards a sustainable diversified land sector economy for North Australia. In: Sustainable Land Sector Development in Northern Australia: Indigenous rights, aspirations, and cultural responsibilities. Russell-Smith J, James G, Pedersen H, Sangha K (Eds). pp. 85-132. CRC Press, Boca Raton USA.
Sangha, K.K., 2009. Ecological Effects of Tree Clearing. VDM Verlag Publications. ISBN:9783-639-318863.
Chambers I, Russell-Smith J, Costanza R, Cribb J, Kerins S, George M, James G, Pedersen H, Lane P, Christopherson P, Ansell J, Sangha K (2018) Australia’s north, Australia’s future: A vision and strategies focused on sustainable economic, ecological and social wellbeing for northern Australia. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies 5:615-640.
Jalota, R. K. and Sangha, K. K. (2000). Comparative Ecological – Economic Analysis of Growth Performance of Exotic Eucalyptus tereticornis and Indigenous Dalbergia sissoo plantations in Mono- culture plantations. Ecological Economics 33 (3): 487-495.
Jalota, R.K., Sangha, K. K. and R. K. Kohli (2000). Under-storey Vegetation of Forest Plantations in N-W India – An Ecological Economic Assessment. Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants 1, no. 1&2: 115-124.
Kaur, K. (2007). Linking ecosystem services to well-being: A case study of Aboriginal communities in north Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2: 145-147.
Kaur, K. (2008) Ecological services of exotic and native tree plantations in NW India. Current Conservation 2.1: 21-22.
Kaur, K., Jalota, R K and Midmore, D. (2007) Impact of temperature and defoliation (simulated grazing) on soil respiration of pasture grass (Cenchrus ciliaris L.) in a pot experiment. Agriculture, food and environment 1 (1), 1:9.
Kaur, K., Jalota, R K and Midmore, D. (2009) Effect of clearing on soil respiration rate and its sensitivity to temperature in pasture systems. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica: Section B – Plant Soil Science 99999:1, 1-13.
Kaur, K., Jalota, R K and Midmore, D. and Walsh, K (2006) Impact of tree clearing on soil respiration and soil microbial biomass in pasture systems of central Queensland, Australia. Agriculture Journal 1 (4): 291-302.
Kaur, K., Jalota, RK, and Kohli, RK (2007) Social acceptability and value of use and non-use ecological services of exotic Eucalyptus tereticornis and indigenous Dalbergia sissoo tree plantations in N-W India. International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics 7 (W07): 68-85.
Koichi, K., Cottrell, A. Sangha, K.K, and Gordon, I. (2012) ‘Are feral pigs (Sus scrofa) a pest to rainforest tourism?’ Journal of Ecotourism 11(2): 132-148. Koichi, K., Sangha, K.K, Cottrell, A. and Gordon, I. (2012) Aboriginal rangers’ perspectives of feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource? Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 15(1): 1-19.
Koichi, K., Sangha, K. K., Cottrell, A., & Gordon, I.J. (2013). What determines acceptability of wildlife control methods? Australian case. Human dimensions of wildlife 18(2): 97-108. Koichi, K., Sangha, K.K, Cottrell, A. and Gordon, I. (2013) The Management Implications of Aboriginal Perceptions of Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa) in Northern Queensland. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 16(2): 53-72.
Nyanda, H. N., Kegamba, J. J., Sangha, K. K. 2018. Impacts of Land Cover Change on Conservation, a Linkage of Spatial Analysis and Anthropogenic Activities in Tanzania, Open Journal of Forestry, 8, 344-361.
Ralaingita MI, Ennis G, Russell-Smith J, Sangha KK, Razanakoto T (2020) The Kere of Madagascar: A qualitative exploration of community experiences and perspectives. Ecology & Society, submitted.
Sangha K, Sithole B, Hunter-Xenie H, Daniels C, Yibarbuk D, James G, Michael C, Gould J, Edwards A, Russell-Smith J (2017) Empowering the resilience of remote Indigenous communities in natural disaster prone northern Australia. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 35: 137-153.
Sangha KK, Edwards AC, Russell-Smith J (2019) Long-term solutions to improve emergency management services in remote communities in northern Australia. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 34: 62-71.
Sangha KK, Evans J, Edwards A, Russell-Smith J (2019) Measuring environmental losses from natural disasters: a case study of costing bushfires in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 34: 31-39.
Sangha KK, Evans J, Edwards AC, Fisher R, Yates CP, Russell-Smith J, Costanza R (2020) Assessing the value of ecosystem services from prescribed fire management in Australian tropical savannas. Ecosystem Services, submitted
Sangha KK, Gerritsen R, Russell-Smith J (2019) Repurposing government expenditure for enhancing Indigenous well-being in Australia: A scenario analysis for a new paradigm. Economic Analysis and Policy 63: 75-91.
Sangha KK, Russell-Smith J, Evans J, Edwards AC (2020) Methodological approaches and challenges to assess environmental losses from natural disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101619
Sangha, K. K., B. Sithole, H. Hunter-Xenie, C. Daniels, D. Yibarbuk, G. James, C. Michael, J. G. A. C. Edwards and J. Russell-Smith (2017). “Empowering Remote Indigenous Communities in Natural Disaster Prone Northern Australia.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 35(3): 137-153.
Sangha, K. K., Butler, J., Delisle, A. and Stanley, O. (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: 381- 387.Stoeckl, N., Hicks, C.C., Mills, M., Fabricius, K., Esparon, M., Kroon, F., Kaur, K., Costanza, R., (2011). The economic value of ecosystem services in the Great Barrier Reef: our state of knowledge. Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences, 1219: 113–133.
Sangha, K. K., Jalota, R.K., and Midmore, D.J. (2005) Impact of tree clearing on soil pH and nutrient availability in grazing systems of central Queensland, Australia. Australian J. Soil Research 43: 51-60.
Sangha, K. K., Midmore, D.J., Rolfe, J. and Jalota, R.K., (2005) Tradeoffs between pasture production and plant diversity and soil health attributes of pasture systems of central Queensland, Australia. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment 111: 93-103.
Sangha, K. K., Russell-Smith, J., & Costanza, R. (2019). Mainstreaming indigenous and local communities’ connections with nature for policy decision-making. Global Ecology and Conservation, 19, e00668.
Sangha, K. K., Sithole, B., Hunter-Xenie, H., Daniels, C., Yibarbuk, D., James, G., Michael, C., Gould, J., Edwards, A. and Russell-Smith, J. (2017) Empowering remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 35: 137-53.
Sangha, K. K., Stoeckl, N., Crossman, N., & Costanza, R. (2019). A state-wide economic assessment of coastal and marine ecosystem services to inform sustainable development policies in the Northern Territory, Australia. Marine Policy, 107, 103595.
Sangha, K., 2014. Modern agricultural practices and analysis of socioeconomic and ecological impacts of development in agriculture sector, Punjab, India – a review. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research 48: 331-341.
Sangha, K., Jalota, R.K., Midmore D. (2006) Litter production, decomposition and nutrient release in cleared and uncleared pasture systems of central Queensland, Australia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22 (2): 177-189.
Sangha, K.K., 2019. Failure of mainstream well-being measures to appropriately reflect the well-being of Indigenous and local communities and its implications for welfare policies. Indigenous Policy Journal XXIX, 1-14.
Sangha, K.K., Brocque, A.L., Costanza, R., Cadet-James, Y., 2015. Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians. Global Ecology and Conservation 4: 445-458.
Sangha, K.K., Russell-Smith, J., Evans, J., Edwards, A., 2020. Methodological approaches and challenges to assess the environmental losses from natural disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 49, 101619.
Sangha, KK, Maynard, S, Pearson, J, Dobriyal, P, Badola, R, Hussain, SA (2019) Recognising the role of local and Indigenous communities in managing natural resources for the greater public benefit: Case studies from Asia and Oceania region. Ecosystem Services 39, 100991.
Crossman, N., Stoeckl, N., Sangha, K.K., Costanza, R., 2018. Economic Values of the Northern Territory Marine and Coastal Environments. A report published by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), Darwin, Australia, pp.44.
Edwards, A., Russell-Smith, J., Sangha, K., Yates, C., 2015. Culturally appropriate mapping tools for informing two-way fire management planning in remote indigenous North Australian communities. In: Rumsewicz, M. (Ed.), Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC Annual Conference Proceedings. Adelaide, SA, 1-3 September 2015, pp. 13-22.
Kamaljit Kaur (2006). The role of ecosystem services from tropical savannas in well-being of Aboriginal people: A scoping study. A report for the Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Centre, Darwin, NT, pp. 86.
Kaur, K., Stanley, O., 2006. Linking ecosystem services to human well-being: A case study of Aboriginal people in north Australia. ISEE (International Society of Ecological Economics) Conference “Ecological sustainability and human well-being” Proceedings, 16-18 Dec, 2006, held at New Delhi, India, pp. 1-34.
Rolfe, J., Jalota, R. Sangha, K. and Windle, J. (2002). Grazing property carbon budget in Central Queensland – Avocet property. Carbon Budgeting in Central Queensland—a project report published by Central Queensland University, Emerald, pp. 21.
Rolfe, J., Sangha, K., Jalota, R., 2002. Opportunity costs of pasture rundown in Queensland: Is tree clearing viable over the longer-term. Proceedings of the 46th annual conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, AARES, Canberra, ACT, pp. 15.
Russell-Smith, J., Edwards, A., Sangha, K.K., 2019. Savanna fire management and bushfire and natural hazard scenario planning for north Australia. Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNH CRC), a report, pp 57.
Russell-Smith, J., James, G., Sithole, B., Sangha, K.K., Edwards, A.C., 2019. Building emergency management capacity in remote north Australian communities—status report, November 2019, Published by the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, and BNH CRC, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 16.
Russell-Smith, J., Sangha, K. K. and James, G. (2017) Scoping remote North Australian community resilience. Occasional paper series DCBR 2017/07 published by the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.
Russell-Smith, J., Sangha, K.K., Edwards, A.C., 2018. Scoping scenario planning for remote community risk management in northern Australia. Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNH CRC), Annual Report 2017-18, pp.15.
Russell-Smith, J., Sangha, K.K., James, G., 2017. Scoping remote North Australian community resilience and developing governance models through action research: Annual Report 2016-17, Melbourne, VIC, Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNH CRC), Annual Report 2016-17, pp. 24.
Sangha, K.K. (2012). Application of TEK to examine the links between well-being of Aboriginal people and Ecosystem Services from Tropical Rainforests in north Queensland. Proceedings of an international meeting by the Sub-Global Assessment Network, Stellenbosch, SA, 26-29 Nov 2012
Sangha, K.K., 2005. A framework to assess the role of ecosystem services from Australian savannas in Aboriginal well-being, ABBSA Conference Proceedings, August 5-7, 2005, Cairns., pp. 697-711.
Sangha, K.K., Edwards, A., Russell-Smith, J., 2018. Emergency management Opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in Northern Australia. Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNH CRC) and AFAC conference proceedings, Perth, Sept 2018, pp. 373-383.
Sangha, K.K., Jalota, R.K., Ashwath, N., Rolfe, J., Midmore, D.J., 2001. An ecological assessment of plant diversity in cleared and native Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) stands, in: Exelby, A., Melzer, A. (Eds.), Remnant vegetation in the Brigalow Belt: Management and Conservation. The Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Qld, Rockhampton, 20-22 February 2001, pp. 127-136.
Sangha, K.K., Jalota, R.K., Kohli, R.K., 2001. Ecological-Economic assessment of plant diversity in monoculture plantations of Eucalyptus tereticornis and Dalbergia sissoo, in: Verma, R.V., Bhat, K.V., Muralidharan, E.M., Sharma, J.K. (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Tropical Forestry Research: Challenges in the New Millenium. 2-4 August, 2000. Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, India, Peechi, India, pp. 120-126.
Sangha, K.K., Midmore, D., Rolfe, J., Jalota, R.K., 2005. Tradeoffs between pasture production and other ecological attributes of pasture systems in central Queensland, Australia. Agriculture Resource Workshop Proceedings, 28 Oct 2005, Rockhampton, Qld.
Sangha, K.K., NT Farmers Association, 2020. Innovative Economic Opportunities Through Sharing Sustainable Farming Systems Knowledge (Australia India Council funded project). A project report submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Government. Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT and the NT Farmers Association.
Sangha, K.K., Russell-Smith, J., 2015. Ecosystems based enterprise opportunities for Indigenous people in northern Australian savannas. Occasional paper series DCBR 2015/05 published by the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR), Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, pp. 27.
Sangha, K.K., Russell-Smith, J., 2015. Valuing Ecosystem Services from Fish River Station, NT. A BNHCRC report. Occasional paper series DCBR 2015/01 published by the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, pp. 22.
Sangha, Kamaljit, K., Jeremy Russell-Smith, Andrew Edwards, Cameron Yates, Jackie Gould, Christine Michael, Glenn James and ARPNet (2015). Developing enterprise opportunities and resilience in remote north Australian communities. Research proceedings from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference 2015, Adelaide, 1-3 September 2015, pp. 256-264.