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Breaking records and raising awareness for mental health

Call for new round of PEATLI applicants

Interested in participating in a project in Indonesia with rural communities and local institutions?

Daniel Cruz: Food Sovereignty and the practice of transformative social change: the Navdanya case in India

As part of the Centre's CSC Exchange events, Daniel will share his research design and plans for fieldwork in India.

Event for CSC students: Masterclass: The Pedagogy of Listening

Event for CSC students Masterclass Date: Friday 3rd May 2019 Time: 10:30am-12:30pm venue: Room 208, Joyce Ackroyd Building (37), St Lucia Campus This masterclass is in two parts. The first part challenges ...

Jaime Manalo IV: Participatory methods to understand decision-making processes of Filipino rice farmers in the face of climate change

 CSC Exchange event

Kylie Navuku: Positioning famous fictional characters as celebrities to communicate and raise social change awareness

Mairead MacKinnon in China

Early in July 2019 CfCSC PhD candidate and UQ sessional academic Mairead MacKinnon attended the Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges conference in China.  Held at Shanghai In...

NCP-PEATLI ready to depart for Indonesia

Centre Director Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert and a group of undergraduate UQ students are making their final preparations for their upcoming visit to Indonesia.  The group is part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) supported ‘P...

New PEATLI participants selected

Thank you to everyone who applied and congratulations to the new PEATLI participants who will be heading to Indonesia in November to work with local communities in Peatland restoration. 

Paul Halman: Community participation in the humanitarian response for education after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal

As part of the Centre's CSC Exchange series, Paul Halman discusses his fieldwork in Nepal working in the area of Education in Emergencies (EiE)

Universitas Indonesia visit

Centre staff and participants in the New Colombo Plan (NCP) - Peatland community Engagement And Transdisciplinary Learning - Indonesia (PEATLI) collaboration were fortunate to meet with a delegation visiting from the Department of Communication of U...

Mohamed Fiky Herdiansyah: Practicum Placement Experience at APNIC Foundation


Student Participatory Media screenings are well received

Master students in the COMU70013: participatory media production course, had the exciting opportunity to screen their short films in this year's Community Participatory Film screening event at the Kingston community Centre, Logan, and the UQ Pro Bono Centre.

Master Students reflect on their Foundational course

We sat down to chat with four master students to find out what they thought about their time in the Communication for Social Change: Foundations Course.

Dr. Hagos Nigussie Kahssay - Folk Tales and Food Security

2017 CSC graduate, Dr Hagos Nigussie Kahssay, used his childhood experience, as well as his academic education, as inspiration for the enlightening PHD project, Folk media forms and their potential for food security communication in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia.

Nissa Cita A.: The role of curiosity in professional and academic life

UQ, CSC alumna, Dr Nissa Cita A. has used her degree to its fullest potential in her home country, Indonesia, playing a pivotal role in an exciting environmental project, WAVES. While beginning a new career journey, as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, she took the time to answer some of our questions about her CSC experience. In this Q&A, Nissa discusses what her time with WAVES and in academia has taught her about the CSC field and imparts some advice for the CSC Master’s students of today.

Erfan Daliri: Using art to orchestrate change

CSC graduate Erfan Daliri has created a social change festival called Newkind whilst investigating the use of the arts in social change.

“The most important thing was to listen” – CSC Master Students on their community consultation assignment

In week 9 of Semester 1 2017, 15 Communication for Social Change Master students shared their findings of a community consultation exercise they did as an assignment for the Participatory Development Communication course (COMU7013) to stakeholders, peers and peer researchers at the Pasifika House in Logan.

Rev. Fr. Dr Gerald M. Musa: Training Future Change Makers and Promoting Development through Communication for Social Change

UQ CSC PhD alumni Rev. Fr. Dr Gerald M. Musa is a talented religious leader and scholar at the Centre for the Study of African Culture and Communication, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Gerald’s work focuses on conflict management and promoting peace through the use of communication processes and techniques.

Enggar Paramita: Facilitating digital storytelling with farmers and youths in Timor-Leste

CSC Master’s program student Enggar Paramita had the opportunity to do a practicum placement with the “Smallholder Cattle Enterprise Development” project in Timor-Leste for three weeks in February, 2017. This project is a collaborative endeavour between Australian (UQ) and Timorese agricultural and communication academics and professionals that is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR, DFAT).

Interrogating gender-based violence discourses and representation in Italy: Dr Daniela Bandelli

In the CSC research field, there is an increasing debate and call for researchers to explore new thinking, theories, institutional critiques and innovative methods beyond the traditional boundaries of the field. Dr Daniela Bandelli, a PhD graduate of the Centre for Communication and Social Change, has responded to this call in her new book – Femicide, Gender and Violence Discourses and Counterdiscourses in Italy. This fascinating and provocative book critically engages with feminist gender-based violence discourses in Italy through the lens of Foucault’s theory of ‘Biopower’ and social movement voices.

Grady Walker: Demonstrating a Freirean approach to movie-making

The Centre's Grady Walker has been awarded a PhD for his research demonstrating how movie-making can be used as praxis in critical pedagogy.

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.

Cass Vickers: Sharing stories of homelessness, connection & many loads of laundry

CSC postgraduate student Cassandra Vickers has spent the past few months collecting stories that showcase the impact of charity Orange Sky Laundry.

Steven Sam: Mobile phones a (limited) tool for social change in post-conflict Sierra Leone

The Centre's Steven Sam has been awarded a PhD for his fascinating research exploring and critiquing the potential for mobile phone technologies to affect structural social change

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.

Tamara Plush: Uncovering the complex link between PV and transformational change

Exploring the link between PV and political engagement for meaningful citizen impact has earned the Centre’s Tamara Plush her PhD.

Huu Nhuan Nguyen: Assessing development impacts of AR4D in Vietnam

Huu Nhuan Nguyen has been awarded his PhD for research designing and testing a holistic framework for assessing the impacts of AR4D in the Northwest Highlands of Vietnam

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.

Daniela Bandelli: Impressing assessors with PhD study on gender violence discourses

The future is looking bright for the Centre's latest PhD graduate Daniela Bandelli who achieved the rare feat of being awarded a doctorate for her thesis with no revisions requested from examiners.

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.

Zen Lim: Using radio and music to engage a new generation

Master’s student Zen Lim has been lending his CSC skills to 4ZZZ Community Radio, supporting the next generation of music industry enthusiasts.

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.

Mohammad Sahid Ullah: Taking the road less traveled to research rural telecentres

PhD candidate Mohammad Sahid Ullah spent six months relying on the kindness of strangers in order to conduct his research on telecentres in remote areas of Bangladesh.

Trilce Patron Lecca: Promoting community entrepreneurship in remote Peru

Trilce Patron Lecca has been working on 'entrepreneurship for community well-being' in the small fishing village of Lobitos.

Ana Gallon: Helping launch service for pets of people homeless in Brisbane

Through participatory research, CSC postgraduate student Ana Maria Gallon supported the launch of Pets in The Park Brisbane, an initiative providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness by caring for their animal companions.

Kirsty-Lee Workman: Community collaboration key to mining free future

Masters student Kirsty-Lee Workman is using her communication for social change skills to support the Darling Downs community of Oakey transition towards a mining free future.

Kabilan Vairamuthu: Tamil Film Industry a tool for social change

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

Allyson Starky: “Get on your bike!”

Allyson lent her communication skills to Pedal Brisbane, an Arts and Bicycle advocacy group.

Fr. Ambrose Pereira: Creating change through Participatory Video in the Solomon Islands

Fr. Ambrose Pereira uses participatory video to engage youth people in the Solomon Islands for his practicum studies.

Tamara Plush: Training South African community mobilisers in Participatory Video

CfCSC uses story-based participatory video to explore gender issues in South Africa

Mallory Peak: Q&A on PhD field work in Bosnia-Herzegovina

PhD candidate Mallory Peak updates us on her fascinating field work in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Pamela Ramirez: Exploring ‘participation’ in Chilean citizen newspapers

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

Bilge Ozgun: Photo storytelling with Muslim women

In a new photo storytelling project, Masters student Bilge Ozgun has been exploring personal stories of Muslim women and their decisions to wear or not wear head scarves and coverings.

Eadie Hancock: Evaluating AVI volunteer communication in Indonesia

Masters student Eadie Hancock spent a month in Indonesia working on communication strategies for Australian Volunteers International (AVI).

Marilyn Zhang: Awarding ICT innovators

Masters student Marilyn Zhang is an intern at APNIC, working on this year's ISIF Asia Awards.

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.

Grady Walker: Researching filmmaking praxis in Nepal

Recently PhD candidate Grady Walker returned from his research field work in Nepal and we took some time to talk with him about his experience.

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.

Emily Lush: Writing creatively to weave together culture, heritage and identity in Timor Leste

Combining her interest in cultural development and her skills as a writer, Emily Lush delivered a creative writing workshop program for young people with Many Hands International (MHI) in Timor Leste.

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.

Jordan Tredinnick: Conducting a social impact assessment in Cherbourg

Jordan Tredinnick worked at Human Ventures for her practicum, conducting a social impact assessment of Human Venture's Creative Tracks program in Cherbourg, a remote indigenous community in western Queensland.

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).

Fr. Ambrose Pereira in the CSC Master: "A time to learn, reflect and understand"

After spending 15 years in the Solomon Islands working with youth, Fr. Ambrose takes a new challenge as a Master student.

Veronica Cazut: Storytelling for youth social enterprise

For her Practicum placement during the Master, Veronica worked for a youth-led social enterprise called Milaana.

Nanda and Yutainten: Using participatory communication to support Queensland's ethnic communities

Nanda Nugrahanti and Yutainten from Indonesia worked together for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) as part of their practicum placement.

Rosemarie Tapia: Researching media, mining and the community

Rosemarie Tapia is a Chilean journalist who came to Australia to undertake the Master of Communication for Social Change at The University of Queensland. As part of the Master's practicum Rosemarie worked for the Minerals Industry Safety and...

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.

Dhina Mutiara Kartikasari: Bringing Indonesian experiences to Australia

Dhina Mutiara Kartikasari is a communications practitioner from Indonesia, who is currently undertaking the third semester of the Master of Communication for Social Change.

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.

Marian Reid: Exploring the role of culture in development in Timor

In November 2013, CSC Masters student Marian Reid spent three weeks with Many Hands International for her practicum placement in Timor Leste.

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.

Muhammad Makki: Conducting field work in a conflict zone

Makki reflects on his field experience and on the contentious topic of coal seam gas exploration.

Anya Lim: Growing the SEED of change

Anya Lim completed her Practicum with Social Ventures Australia creating communication and marketing plans for SEED Parks and Property Maintenance and Australian Indigenous Youth Academy.

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.

Mary Warus: Graduating against the odds

An inspiring story of resilience developed from the CfCSC, showing us that team work, unity, sympathy and lots of love is what we need to create a better world.

Elena Block: Presenting communication research on Hugo Chavez

Triggering political and social change: The case of Hugo Chavez.

Dr Tammy Law

Overview Dr Tammy Law is a Sessional Academic in the Centre for Communication and Social Change and has been teaching in the School of Communication and Arts since 2012. Tammy holds a PhD in Media and Com...

2016 PNOA projects

Each year, as part of the Participatory Development Communication course (COMU7013), CSC postgraduate students design, conduct, analyse and report on a Participatory Needs an...

Dr Kylie Navuku

Kylie is a Research & Engagement Officer with the Centre for Communication & Social Change

Gerald Musa: Exploring peace talks between Christian and Muslim religions in Nigeria

Father Gerald Musa, both a Catholic priest and PhD candidate at the Centre for Communication and Social Change, is due to complete his three-year thesis Dialogue as communication: Challenges and prospects of Christian-Muslim dialogue in Nigeria.

Jenny Max: Winning the Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Award

Jenny Max wins prestigious Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Award.

Menglu Tang: Interning with UN organisation in South Korea

From Pujiang, Eastern China, to The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and now Incheon City, South Korea, Menglu (Marie) Tang’s post-graduate studies journey has been truly international.

Winnie Emeka-Okolie: Influencing change in Nigerian agriculture

As a result of her thesis-related work the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is replicating participatory practices in its future programs.

COMU7013 PNOA Stories

As part of the Participatory Development Communication course (COMU7013) of the CSC Master students design, conduct, analyse and report on a Participatory Needs and Opportunity Assessment (PNOA) relating to a simple, real life issue for a client organisation.

Practicum Stories

Student stories about their COMU7015 Practium placements

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