The Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) specialises in the study, research and practical application of communication processes in sustainable development; communication for social change (CSC)*. Communication for social change is an emerging frontier, the goal of which is to use communication processes, techniques and media to facilitate social, economic and technological development. The underpinning philosophy of CSC is that communication is not simply about transferring information and sending messages, but rather about listening, responding to, and helping people give direction to their own change, and supporting enabling environments for this change to take place.

The CfCSC is based at the School of Journalism and Communication at The University of Queensland, one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions. The CfCSC is the only specialised centre, and the only academic institute to offer study in this field, in Australia.

Our Centre was established in 2007 and is staffed by experienced researchers and practitioners who have global expertise in development and communication matters, including with the UN, NGOs and government institutions.

Particular processes the CfCSC specialises in includes participatory program planning, evaluation and impact assessment; communication strategy development; facilitation; adult learning; participatory needs and opportunity assessments, and action research.


The CfCSC focuses on four key themes:[open out menu]

  • Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development and social change
  • Participatory development communication
  • Facilitation of and communication for transdisciplinary R4D (research for development)
  • Media and empowerment

*Also known as Communication for Development.

 Access the CfCSC brochure here for more information about the Centre.

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