Nooshin undertook her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Her thesis title is “Understanding landholder participation in biodiverse carbon plantings”, which explores the socio-cultural drivers of private landholders who participate in biodiverse carbon plantings in their properties.
Furthermore, she explored the opinions of policy makers and academics in the field of carbon and biodiversity. She has also developed a Bayesian Belief Network model (probability modelling) to predict the probability of landholder participation rate in biodiverse carbon plantings. This model investigates the influence of program design, financial incentives and landholder’s value of co-benefits on the predicted participation rate.
- Developing frameworks to measure the biodiversity outcomes of citizen science programs
- Integration of Socio-ecological systems
- Building resilience in rural areas
- Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs)
- Exploring the social roots of ecological issues
- Integration of markets for ecosystem services.
Awards and grants
- 2012 United Nations Universities YRS scholarship
- 2011 APAI PhD Scholarship, RMIT
- BEng (Tehran University) 1999
- Masters (Tehran University) 2005
- PhD (RMIT University) 2016
Conference papers (delivered)
Torabi, N. (2015). Management of biodiverse forests in agricultural landscapes: The role of holistic land management approach. ANZIF 2015 Conference (Australia and New Zealand Institute of Foresters).13–15 April 2015, Creswick, Australia.
Torabi, N. (2014). The challenges and opportunities landholders face in balancing agriculture and conservation. Ecological Society of Australia 2014. 29 September to 3 October 2014, Alice Springs, Australia.
Torabi, N., Bekessy, S. (2013). Using Bayesian Belief Networks to model socio-cultural drivers of landholder participation in biodiverse carbon plantings. Society for Conservation Biology 2013. 21-25 July 2013, Baltimore, USA.
Torabi, N. (2013). The role of social networks in the success of carbon planting schemes. People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future. 2-4 July 2013, Melbourne.
Torabi, N. (2013). The role of private landholders as change agents in the success of carbon planting schemes. XIX International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, jointly with IV International Conference on Sustainability Science in Asia. 5-8 February 2013, Canberra.
Torabi, N., Mata, L., Gordon, A., Garrard, G., Wescott, W., Dettmann, P., & Bekessy, S. A. (2016). The money or the trees: What drives landholders’ participation in biodiverse carbon plantings? Global Ecology and Conservation, 7, 1 11
Torabi, N., Cooke, B., Bekessy, S. (2016) The role of social networks and trusted peers in promoting biodiverse carbon plantings. Australian Geographer. 47(2), 139-156.
Torabi N., Bekessy, S. (2015). Bundling and stacking in bio-sequestration schemes: Opportunities and risks identified by Australian stakeholders. Ecosystem Services, 15, 84 – 92.
Kragt, M.E., Blackmore, L., Capon, T., Robinson, C.J., Torabi, N. and Wilson, K.A. (2014). What are the barriers to adopting carbon farming practices?Working paper 1407, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia, 21 December 2014.
Law, E.,Bryan, B.,Torabi, N.,Bekessy, S.,McAlpine, C.,Wilson, K. (2015). Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon In: Ecosystem Services, 13, 6 - 15
Selinske, M., Cooke, B., Torabi, N., Hardy, M., Knight, A., Bekessy, S. Simple tools in complex systems: a critique of financial incentives in private land conservation. Submitted to Ecology and Society Journal.
Torabi, N. Making the Carbon Farming Initiative more appealing to farmers. Published in The Conversation, 14 June 2012.