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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 Laos

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.

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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