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Elery Hamilton-Smith (28 December 1929 – 27 June 2015) was an Australian interdisciplinary scholar and academic, and later an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Charles Sturt University.


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Elery Hamilton-Smith was born on a property named Shady Grove, near Hahndorf and grew up in rural South Australia.

He did not have conventional academic training, and graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Diploma in Social Sciences in 1956.

His professional career moved between research, consultancy and teaching in 50 countries.

  • From 1949 to 1968 he worked in teaching and community services.
  • From 1969-77 he was a social policy & planning consultant, with an honorary position as zoologist at the South Australia Museum. His work included many studies on social policy and open space in Victoria, Australia.
  • In the 1980s and 90s he was lecturer and then Professor, latterly in the Department of Leisure Studies, Phillip Institute of Technology (now RMIT University), Melbourne.
  • Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Charles Sturt University
  • He spent a total of 15 years outside Australia working for the UNESCO World Heritage Bureau and the United Nations Development Program. Educational
  • Fellowship with the Government of Canada.
  • He also had many years of working (as a volunteer) within various IUCN programs.
  • Professional contributions

    Hamilton-Smith had wide interests. He worked on:

  • social policy development and programmes dealing with youth issues.
  • development of leisure and outdoor recreation activities
  • Conservation, particularly tourism and visitor appreciation of wilderness and National Parks
  • Cave and karst management
  • sustainability and environmental studies.
  • Awards

  • Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in Australia Day Honours List in 2001.
  • former federal president of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • References

    Elery Hamilton-Smith Wikipedia

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