Dr Rajanathan Rajaratnam

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Rajanathan Rajaratnam

Phone: +61 2 6773 3435

Email: rrajarat@une.edu.au

Qualifications

B.Sc (Hons)(Malaysia), M.S. (Florida), PhD (Malaysia)

Teaching Areas

GEPL111 Earth in Crises? (Coordinator)
GEPL112 Where in the World? Australia's Human Geography
GEPL322 Cradle to Grave - Population Geography
GEPL338/538 Research Methods
GEPL307 Climate Change and Future Planning
GEPL341/541 Environmental Biogeography (Coordinator)

Supervision Areas

Wildlife ecology, conservation biogeography for wildlife management and sustainable natural resource use by indigenous people.

Research Interests

Raj has active ongoing collaborative research in Malaysian North Borneo particularly in the areas of wildlife ecology, conservation biogeography for wildlife management and sustainable natural resource use by indigenous people.

His main research focus encompassing the above areas is in the Kinabatangan Orang-Utan Conservation Project which is run by a French NGO called HUTAN.

Raj is also involved with capacity building for indigenous field staff of HUTAN particularly in wildlife field research techniques for conservation management.

He also has some experience in human geography research being a member of a research team with Professor Jim Walmsley and Dr. Fran Rolley, through UNE's Centre for Applied Research in Social Science, which conducted research into the social costs and benefits of migration as part of a research consultancy with Australia's Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

Publications

Rajaratnam, R., Pang, C. & Ancrenaz, L. (2008). Ecotourism and indigenous communities: The lower Kinabatangan experience. Chapter 13 in Rugendyke, B & Connell, J (eds.). Tourism at the Grass Roots: Villagers and Visitors in the Asia Pacific. Routledge, Abington and New York.

Rajaratnam, R., Sunquist, M, Rajaratnam, L & Ambu, L. 2007. Diet and habitat selection of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis) in an agricultural landscape in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 209-217.

Walmsley, J., McIntosh, A. & Rajaratnam, R. 2007. Natural Capital. pp 98 – 104 in K. Carrington, A. McIntosh & J. Walmsley (eds). The Social Costs and Benefits of Migration into Australia. Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Canberra.

Walmsley, J., McIntosh, A. & Rajaratnam, R. 2007. Produced and Financial Capital – Productive Diversity. pp 81 – 97 in K. Carrington, A. McIntosh & J. Walmsley (eds). The Social Costs and Benefits of Migration into Australia. Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Canberra.

Walmsley, J., Rolley, F., Rajaratnam, R. & McIntosh, A. 2007. Settlement Patterns and Experiences. pp 8 – 24 in K. Carrington, A. McIntosh & J. Walmsley (eds). The Social Costs and Benefits of Migration into Australia. Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Canberra.

Bittman, M., Brown, J., McIntosh, A., Rolley, F., Rajaratnam, R. & Walmsley, J. 2007. Human Capital. pp 25 – 47 in K. Carrington, A. McIntosh & J. Walmsley (eds). The Social Costs and Benefits of Migration into Australia. Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Canberra.

Walmsley, J., McIntosh, A., Carrington, K., Bittman, M., Rolley, F. & Rajaratnam, R. 2007. Social Capital. pp 48 – 80 in K. Carrington, A. McIntosh & J. Walmsley (eds). The Social Costs and Benefits of Migration into Australia. Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Canberra.

Memberships

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member of IUCN's (World Conservation Union) World Commission on Parks and Protected Areas.
  • Member of the Ecological Society of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Geographers Inc.
  • Member of UNE's Paleo Group (Holocene Sea Level Research).