Throughout the world, vibrant rural communities are crucial to economic opportunities, social vitality and the environmental sustainability of rural areas. Prosperous, sustainable agricultural systems and functional rural communities often rely on each other.

In community development, we work with community members to foster the strength and resilience of their community, underpinning the improvement of people’s quality of life and the management of the landscapes they depend on. In agricultural extension, we help rural people and scientists to work together to better manage agricultural enterprises and natural resources.

Rural community development involves working with people and community organisations to identify and mobilise local assets, help sustain communities in the face of change, ensure appropriate engagement of people and help manage conflict. It offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, in collaboration with a variety of other sciences and professions.

Why study rural communities:

Want to understand how your agricultural practice or animal studies can help communities throughout the world? Do you want to help communities and regions to achieve sustainable development? Or do you want to learn how to work well in teams? If so, study and research in rural communities is for you.

Working with rural communities in the Solomon Islands

Rural communities graduates will find employment in:

  • Community engagement and policy roles in government and industry
  • Regional bodies for natural resource management
  • Rural development and agricultural industries
  • Agricultural extension
  • Research and development
  • International development agencies and NGOs

The School offers students the following study options:

Community and regional research being undertaken within the School includes:

  • Community engagement, in a variety of industry and government settings
  • Community-based planning
  • Rural community development
  • Social aspects of sustainability and resilience
  • Community partnerships in integrated water resources management
  • Understanding and managing social-ecological systems
  • Collaboration between government and communities
  • Indigenous co-management of natural resources

School academics in this field:

Key research collaborators with the School include:

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