What Can We Learn from the Practitioner Profiles?

  • Tanya M. HowardEmail author
  • Theodore R. Alter
  • Paloma Z. Frumento
  • Lyndal J. Thompson


In this chapter we highlight the positive lessons, innovations, breakthroughs, and insights gleaned from the practice stories. We make suggestions about how these lessons might strengthen the practice of community engagement for community-led pest management.

These lessons include:
  • the importance of listening to build rapport and a nuanced understanding of the issue facing the affected community;

  • having a clear drive to make a difference to social and environmental outcomes;

  • the value of building common ground through sharing experiences with affected communities;

  • the personal and professional benefits that come from a willingness to critically reflect and learn from experience (both positive and negative);

  • the wisdom to strive for a sustainable balance between personal effort and community ownership;

  • the political dimensions of community engagement and how these are reflected in practitioner choices;

  • the importance of personal drive, communication, learning, and recognition of different perspectives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanya M. Howard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theodore R. Alter
    • 2
  • Paloma Z. Frumento
    • 2
  • Lyndal J. Thompson
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian Centre for Agriculture and LawUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Center for Economic and Community DevelopmentPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Education and TrainingUniversity of New EnglandCanberraAustralia

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