Ian is a researcher affiliated with the School and with CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society. He holds a PhD in sociology from The Australian National University.
Ian's research has focused on rural communities and agriculture, working in history, geography, transport and public administration as well as sociology. His most recent large scale research involvement includes a project on regionalism and federalism, funded by the Australian Research Council and another on the rice industry, funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. He was until recently a member of the executive of the International Society for the History of Traffic, Transport and Mobility.
Ian has published in many Australian and international journals, including The Australian Journal of Social Issues, Sociologia Ruralis, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Historic Environment, Journal of Transport History, Journal of the Community Development Society, Australian Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Rural Society, Disasters, Farm Policy Journal and the Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering . His books include Politics in Place: Social Power Relations in an Australian Country Town, Cambridge University Press, 1991; and with other authors he has written Immigrant Settlement in Country Areas, AGPS, 1991; Coping with Change: Australian Farmers in the 1990s, Centre for Rural Social Research, 1993, Australian Farm Families' Experience of Drought, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 1999 and A Future for Regional Australia: Escaping Global Misfortune, Cambridge University Press, 2001.