Bambang Budiwiranto and his research team with students of the Madrasah in Indonesia
Bambang Budiwiranto and his research team with students of the Madrasah in Indonesia

The Master of Communication for Social Change is one of the few Master degrees in the world designed to strengthen critical skills in the use of communication to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals and communities.

The CSC Master builds capacities to work in the state, governmental and NGO sectors. It also furthers research skills and critical thinking.
 
Some of the careers CSC Master graduates have followed are in international development agencies, health and rural development, community engagement, community and mainstream media, project management, education, governmental, not-for-profit, and policy development, among others.
 
Read more about our illustrious Masters and PhD alumni below. 
 
To find out more about what communication for social change looks like in practice, have a look at our Communication for Social Change Awards booklet, which profiles our shortlisted nominees for the Communication for Social Change Awards, the only Award of its kind in the world that recognises individuals and organisations using media and communication to create change in their communities. 
Careers in Communication for Social Change section

Jordan Tredinnick: Overcoming barriers to diversity within the UQ workforce

Jordan Tredinnick has spent the past two years employed as a Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at the University of Queensland.

Veronica Cazut: Ensuring the Argentinian public's right to know about environmental management in mining

Veronica Cazut has spent the past two years working for the United Nations (UN) project in Argentina designed to strengthen the government’s capacity to regulate the environmental management of the mining industry.

Shanti Des Fours: Affirming dignity in times of financial hardship

CSC Master's program alumna Shanti Des Fours is coordinating a community microfinance program at the Byron Community Centre.

Eadie Hancock: Communicating strength in diversity at ECCQ

As Communications and Policy Officer at the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), Eadie is part of a team supporting the needs and interests of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Emily Lush: Supporting HIV/AIDS healthcare in Cambodia through grassroots NGO communication

UQ CSC Masters alumna Emily Lush is a multi-talented communication professional. A former magazine editor, blogger, designer and ethical fashion entrepreneur, Emily is now lending her skills to a health communication NGO in Cambodia.

Samantha Ryan: Respect, connection & reciprocity key to CSC in the Pacific

Alumna of the UQ CSC Master's program Samantha Ryan is living and working in the Solomon Islands. We asked her about her experiences and thoughts about communicating for social change in the Pacific.

Rozita Abdullah: Researching Islamic televangelism and social change in Malaysia

CfCSC PhD alumna Dr Rozita Abdullah talks about life as an academic Malaysia, and her research project into Islamic televangelism.

Dhina Mutiara Kartikasari: Telling stories to advocate for Indonesian women

Postgraduate alumna Dhina Mutiara Kartikasari is using her CSC storytelling skills to advocate for women living in remote areas of Indonesia.

Alana Phelan: Supporting refugee students through education and activism

After graduating with a Diploma of CSC in 2011, Alana Phelan went on to become a teacher at one of Brisbane's most diverse high schools, and be involved with the Free Mojgan campaign.

Chelsey Parish: Communicating for the UNDP in Lao PDR

Former CSC postgraduate student Chelsey Parish is living in Laos, working in a communications role for the United Nations Development Programme. We caught up with Chelsey to find out more.

Dr Sim Sar: Participatory research helps PNG farmers adapt to big changes

Q&A with PhD Alumni Dr Simphorian Sar about his career supporting farmers in Papua New Guinea through research for development (R4D)

Kabilan Vairamuthu: Tamil Film Industry a tool for social change

Alumnus Kabilan Vairamuthu explores many forms of communicating for social change in India.

Pamela Ramirez: Exploring ‘participation’ in Chilean citizen newspapers

Pamela Ramirez describes her experiences working for an online citizen newspaper project in Chile

Dr Erdenebolor Baast: Supporting Mongolia’s Nomadic Herders

This month we caught up with former postdoctoral researcher Dr Erdenebolor Baast, who is now coordinating Mongolia's Green Gold extension project.

An Nguyen: Improving the livelihoods of small scale farmers

This month we caught up with CSC Masters alumna An Nguyen, who is working as Country Manager for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Vietnam.

Anya Lim: Embracing creativity, social entrepeneurship and Filipino pride

We took the time to catch up with CSC Masters alumna Anya Lim, a young social entrepeneur who is Creative and Managing Director of ANTHILL which turns the local textiles of indigenous weavers into high fashion.

Ali Rae: Telling the other side of the story with Al Jazeera

Ali is currently working for Al Jazeera English (AJE) in London as a digital producer.

Gillian Marshall Pierce: Taking a masterclass in grassroots community campaigning

No sooner had Gillian Marshall Pierce accepted her Master degree in Communication and Social Change and taken off her graduation gown, she was rushing off to run as a political candidate for the Queensland Greens in the seat of Indooroopilly.

Vira Riyandari Ramelan: Enhancing communication in development initiatives

Vira is working as Senior Communication Consultant for the Low Carbon Support Programme (LCS), a program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Laura McDowell: Supporting Indigenous language, culture and music through radio

Laura McDowell is a current CSC Master student, who has been working for the last two years as radio producer and coordinator for PAW Media.

Anne Curson: Using CSC for advocacy in the development of public policy

Anne Curson is a former Master of Communication for Social Change student who works as a Government Relations and Policy Advisor for a large NGO in Queensland, Australia.

Thi Le Tran: Bringing social change through corporate social responsability

Having graduated with her Master in Communication for Social Change, Le works as a Corporate Communications Officer for Besra, a gold mining company that operates in the mountainous Quang Nam Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

Bambang Budiwiranto: Teaching CSC to a new generation of students in Indonesia

Bambang Budiwiranto, on completing his PhD with the Centre in 2013, is now teaching a new generation of students on CSC at the Institute of Islamic Studies of Lampung in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Winnie Emeka-Okolie: Using CSC for livestock policy in Nigeria

Winnie graduated from the Master of Communication for Social Change in July 2012 and currently works as an Assistant Director and Communication Specialist for the Federal Department of Livestock, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria.

Kiery Manassah: Giving voice to the voiceless in the Pacific

Kiery graduated in 2012 and currently works as Senior Communications Officer for the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PIPP) in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Nilesh Nikade: Championing children's rights in India

Former CSC masters student Nilesh Nikade is currently working with the India office of Save the Children, one of the world’s leading child rights organisations, which works across 120 countries and is operational in 15 states across India.

Carolina Siqueira: Working with indigenous communities in the remote Northern Territory

After completing the master of Communication for Social Change, Carolina knew she wanted to stay in Australia to put the knowledge acquired during her studies into practice.

Jaime Manalo: Linking CSC theory and practice in the Philippines

Upon completing his master’s degree in Communication for Social Change in 2011, UQ alumni Jaime Albarillo Manalo IV has been practising CSC in the rural communities of the Philippines.

People with intellectual disabilities share stories through radio

The Ability Radio Project is a Brisbane based social inclusion initiative engaging people with intellectual disabilities (ID) through radio. In August 2015, co-coordinator Kim Stewart ...

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Making research count for farmers: An analysis of participation and communication in agricultural research for development in Eastern Indonesia. PhD conferred 2013.

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