Maddy (Madeleine) Sbeghen

Maddy Sbeghen is a PhD candidate in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. Their PhD project explores human-bird interactions and community engagement in the context of threatened migratory shorebird conservation in Australia and Japan, part of the East Asian Australasian Flyway. This research involves ethnographic approaches where research is done ‘with’ people, through in-depth conversations and participation, to unravel intangible relationships and connections with threatened species that lie beneath the surface of conservation activities. They are passionate about exploring the valuable contributions social sciences can make in enhancing biodiversity conservation, especially in understanding cultural and social dimensions of community engagement.

Supervisors: Dr Stephanie Lavau

More information at: ORCID

Contact: msbeghen [at]

Maddy Sbeghen

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and pay respects to elders – past, present and emerging. We aim to work together with Traditional Custodians to develop solutions to environmental problems in genuine partnership, respecting and appreciating their knowledge, culture, history and world views.