Katrina Sinclair

Research interests

  • Social acceptability of agricultural and natural resource management practices
  • Enablers and constraints to adoption in livestock industries


Dr Sinclair has been responsible for initiating and conducting coastal pasture agronomy for the past 15 years with NSW DPI. Her research program has addressed key issues in the management of the forage feedbase for NSW dairy farmers. More recently, she has contributed to the understanding of deliberate transformative change and its consequences for contemporary agriculture undertaken as a PhD thesis. This social research study has provided helpful insights for policymakers, industry organisations, and practitioners in how they can support agricultural industries and their producers’ considering the need for transformation in a changing climate. She has recently completed a number of social research projects including understanding rural landholders’ perspectives on the NSW cattle tick program and assessing the social acceptability of pest animal practices in meeting Total Grazing Pressure targets. She is currently leading the social research component of two research projects: understanding the enablers and constraints to the trialling and successful management of tropical grasses and understanding those social factors that influence the landholders’ tactical decision-making in addressing feed deficits.


  • B. Sc. Agr. University of Sydney 1974
  • M. Rural Sc. University of New England 2000
  • Dip. Ed. University of New England 2001
  • PhD. Charles Sturt University 2014

Current projects

  • Extending the boundaries of tropical grasses
  • Tactical decision-making to address feed deficits

Recent publications

Sinclair K, Curtis A and Freeman, P (2019) Biosecurity in multifunctional landscapes: challenges for approaches based on the concept of ‘shared responsibility’. Preventive Veterinary Medicine (In press)

Sinclair K, Rawluk A, Kumar S and Curtis A (2017) Resilience thinking and social research: lessons from the field for those exploring social-ecological systems in agriculture and NRM. Ecology & Society 22(4):21.

Sinclair K, Curtis A, Mendham E and Mitchell M (2015) Assessing the efficacy of transition theory to identify industry transformation: a case study examining the deregulation of Australia’s dairy industry. Australian Geographer 46 (1), 113-129.

Sinclair K, Curtis A, Mendham E and Mitchell M (2014) Can resilience thinking provide useful insights for those examining efforts to transform contemporary agriculture? Agriculture and Human Values 31, 371-384.

Professional associations and activities

  • Full member, Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University)

Fields of research

  • 160804 Rural Sociology
  • 070302 Agronomy
  • 070101 Agricultural Land Management
  • 070107 Farming systems research

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Public acceptability
  • Landholder adoption
  • Landholder decision-making

Contact details


Telephone: (02) 6626 1227

Location: Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute