Information Technology for Development Research Officer
Worked with satellite data and GIS for the last 30 years, initially for CSIRO in Canberra, and subsequently for the Northern Territory government in Alice Springs and Darwin. For the last 18 years, he has worked as a Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University/Darwin Center for bushfires research focusing on GIS and Remote Sensing tools for natural resource management and good governance in Eastern Indonesian and best practice savanna fire management in Northern Australia. His current research and training development work is focused on developing Projection Augmented Landscape Models; using low tech tools to create dynamic spatial holograms of country.
+61 8 8946 6673
Books, Book chapters & Special issues
Fisher, R., Altman, J. (2020). The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers, in Glassey M. (Ed) 2020 The Year That Changed Us. Thames & Hudson Australia.
Fisher, R. and A. C. Edwards (2015). Chapter 3. Fire extent mapping: procedures, validation and website application. Carbon Accounting and Savanna Fire Management. B. Murphy, A. Edwards, C. P. Meyer and J. Russell-Smith. Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing.
Russell-Smith J, Bristow M, Brocklehurst P, Cook GD, Cuff N, Edwards AC, Fisher R, Hutley LB, Jacklyn P, James G, Legge S, Liedloff AC, Lynch D, Maier S, Meyer CP, Monagle C, Murphy BP, Oliveira S, Whitehead PJ, Yates CP (2015) Where to from here? In: Carbon accounting and savanna fire management. Murphy BP, Edwards AC, Meyer CP, Russell-Smith J (eds), pp. 329-346. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.
Edwards, A., P. Jacklyn, R. Fisher, A. Joseph, J. Russell-Smith, D. Lynch, C. Yates, J. Evans and K. K. Sangha (in press). “An assessment of the evidence that payments for ecosystem services are improving fire regimes in north Australia.”
Fisher, R., Heckbert, S., Villalobos, J. M. L., & Sutton, S. (2019). Augmenting physical 3D models with projected information to support environmental knowledge exchange. Applied Geography, 112, 102095.
Fisher, R., Ling, H., Natonis, R., Hobgen, S., Kaho, N. R., Mudita, W., … & Nampa, W. (2019). Artisanal and small-scale mining and rural livelihood diversification: The case of manganese extraction in West Timor, Indonesia. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6(1), 229-240.
Lassa, J. A., Surjan, A., Caballero-Anthony, M., & Fisher, R. (2019). Measuring political will: An index of commitment to disaster risk reduction. International journal of disaster risk reduction, 34, 64-74.
Fisher, R. P., Hobgen, S. E., Haleberek, K., Sula, N., & Mandaya, I. (2018). Free satellite imagery and digital elevation model analyses enabling natural resource management in the developing world: Case studies from Eastern Indonesia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 39(1), 45-61.
Fisher, R., & Lassa, J. (2017). Interactive, open source, travel time scenario modelling: tools to facilitate participation in health service access analysis. International journal of health geographics, 16(1), 13.
Myers, B. A., Fisher, R. P., Nelson, N., & Belton, S. (2015). Defining remoteness from health care: integrated research on accessing emergency maternal care in Indonesia. AIMS public health, 2(3), 257.
Hobgen, S. E., Myers, B. A., Fisher, R. P., & Wasson, R. J. (2014). Creating a sediment budget in a data poor context: an example from eastern Indonesia. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 96(4), 513-530.
Fisher, R. (2012). Tropical forest monitoring, combining satellite and social data, to inform management and livelihood implications: Case studies from Indonesian West Timor. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 16, 77-84.
Myers, B. A., Wurm, P., Palekahelu, D. T., Liufeto, G., Mangimbulude, J., Kapa, M., & Fisher, R. (2012). Food Security and Access to Water Resources: A Case Study at a Village in West Timor. KRITIS: Journal of Development Studies, 21(2), 134-154.
Fisher, R. P., & Myers, B. A. (2011). Free and simple GIS as appropriate for health mapping in a low resource setting: a case study in eastern Indonesia. International journal of health geographics, 10(1), 15.
Fisher, R., Bobanuba, W. E., Rawambaku, A., Hill, G. J., & Russell-Smith, J. (2006). Remote sensing of fire regimes in semi-arid Nusa Tenggara Timur, eastern Indonesia: current patterns, future prospects. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 15(3), 307-317.
Fisher, R., Vigilante, T., Yates, C., & Russell-Smith, J. (2003). Patterns of landscape fire and predicted vegetation response in the North Kimberley region of Western Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 12(4), 369-379.