Specialisation: Australia, rural multifunctionality, rangelands, land policy, property rights, pastoral leases
John Harvey Holmes is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Queensland and Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. He specialises in in monitoring changes in the valuation, use and governance of rural lands, currently experiencing a transition towards multifunctional occupance involving the emergence of consumption and protection goals contesting the former dominance of production goals. Also, he continues his work in appraising future directions in the ownership, management, use and administration of Australia's rangelands, and on needed reforms in property rights, focussing on pastoral lease tenures.Such reforms need to be attuned to the emergence of alternative and multiple uses and users including native title. Other interests include future disciplinary directions in Australian Geography, and impacts of welfare migration on declining near-metropolitan towns.
- Holmes, J. (2010) Divergent regional trajectories in Australia's tropical savannas: indicators of a multifunctional transition. Geographical Research 48, 342-358.
- Holmes, J. (2009) Fifty years of disciplinary flux within human geography: changing sociocognitive subdisciplines and subcultures. Australian Geographer 40, 387-408.
- Holmes, J. (2006) Impulses towards a multifunctional transition in rural Australia: gaps in the research agenda. Journal of Rural Studies 22, 142-160.
- Holmes, J. (2002) Diversity and change in Australia's rangelands: a post-productivist transition with a difference?, Transactions: Institute of British Geographers 27, 362-384.
- Holmes, J. (2002) Geography's emerging cross-disciplinary links: process, causes, outcomes and challenges, Australian Geographical Studies 40(1):2-20.
- Holmes, J. (2000) Pastoral lease tenures as policy insruments: 1847 to 1997, In Environmental History and Policy: Still Settling Australia. S. Dovers (eds.). Melbourne: Oxford UP.
- Holmes, J. (1997) Diversity and change in Australia's rangeland regions: translating resource values into regional benefits, The Rangeland Journal, 19(1):3-25.
- Holmes, J. (1996) Changing resource values in Australia's tropical savannas; priorities in institutional reform, In The Future of Tropical Savannas: An Australian Perspective. A. Ash (eds.). Melbourne: C.S.I.R.O..
- Holmes, J. (1995) Land tenures, property rights and multiple land use: issues for American and antipodean rangelands, In Diffusing Geography; Essays for Peter Haggett. A. D. Cliff et al. (eds.). London: Blackwell.