Learning to Live with the Dingo: Understanding the Human Dimensions of Predator Management in Australia | Centre for Veterinary Education

Learning to Live with the Dingo: Understanding the Human Dimensions of Predator Management in Australia

Lily van Eeden

Lunchtime Seminar Series

Duration: 40:42

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Topic/s: dingo, wildlife

Livestock producers across Australia are at war with the dingo, who poses a threat to their stock and their livelihoods.

At the same time, governments pour never-ending resources into managing dingoes with little knowledge about whether their approaches are effective. This system isn’t working. Today, scientists globally are acknowledging the important role that predators play in regulating ecosystems and their potential in changing how we manage wildlife. In Australia, not only can dingoes play a role in suppressing kangaroos and introduced pests, but scientists are finding that lethal management of dingoes can be counter-productive to reducing livestock losses. Changing this system is difficult, so alongside ecological and agricultural research, investigation into the social and political contexts preventing progress is essential. Through historical and contemporary analysis, I investigate what shapes contemporary dingo management decisions, focusing on farmer attitudes and experiences as well as public perceptions and awareness. My research seeks to understand how coexistence can be possible, changing the way we conduct wildlife management to the benefit of biodiversity and rural communities.


Lily investigates human-wildlife conflict as a PhD student in the SOLES Desert Ecology Research Group. About eight years working as an ecologist in Australia and overseas led her to realise that often the most important thing for tackling environmental issues was understanding people. Shifting the focus of her career path to address this need, she completed an interdisciplinary masters of biodiversity conservation at the University of Oxford, and for her PhD she focuses on the human dimensions of dingo management. She’s recently been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to conduct comparative research on Australian and American predator management based out of the University of Washington