Brave new women podcast
Dr. Sonia Marshall talks about being a woman working on the environment and the great things being done on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
"Lucky for me, I have really, really grey hair. At about the age of 35, I decided to let my hair go completely grey. I would sit in the board room meetings with mainly men around the table and me in a more junior position and I'd watch their body language. Things like if you don't agree, you put your hands behind your head or your hands down on the table or sit back in your chair. And me and my grey hair walked in there. The body language and the colour of my hair gave me authenticity in male-dominated board rooms and groups. It really made a difference." - Dr. Sonia Marshall
Dr. Sonia Marshall grew up on a farm in north-west Queensland which is now Undara Volcanic National Park. It has the longest system of lava tubes in the world. As a result of her contact with the numerous scientists who came to study them, Sonia knew very early that she was going to work in environmental management.
She talks about the differences between “environmental interpretation” - a one-off engagement on a particular environmental subject - and “environmental psychology” - a framework for people’s immediate emotional responses in a particular situation.
She currently works in environment and sustainability policy on the Sunshine Coast and tells us about the main projects she has worked on, including the application to have the Sunshine Coast recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere.