April 21, 2017

A Better Life in the Outback

Desert lands cover about a quarter of the Earth’s land mass and are home to some half a billion people and yet they are commonly portrayed as extreme places with marginalized communities. The people who live there are often perceived as living in hardship and isolation and surviving largely due to subsidies from the “mainstream” economy. New research published in the International Journal of Sustainable Development suggests that for some desert regions, particularly Australia’s “outback”, there is huge potential given appropriate infrastructure and investment in it to become a place of great prosperity and wellbeing.

Read the full article from Science Newsline Nature and Earth here.

Re-imagining the future for desert Australia: designing an integrated pathway for enhancing liveability
by Digby Race; Alfred Michael Dockery; Lisa Havas; Catherine Joyce; Supriya Mathew; Bruno Spandonide
International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD), Vol. 20, No. 1/2, 2017