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In 2017, on the 10th anniversary of the Sustainability Research Centre we decided to find out what our Alumni research students were up to after completing their research degree with us!

It was very exciting to hear from a range of our Alumni students who were enrolled in either a Masters by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). We were keen to understand what they were currently doing, what their future aspirations were and any tips they had for future students contemplating enrolling in a research program.

Below is an example of what four of our Alumni students told us.

Troy Street, Masters by Research, USC, Sustainability Research Centre

Thesis Title 

"Interpreting the Human-Landscape Dynamic of the Maleny Region"

Employment status and achievements since graduating from USC?

"Full-time PhD candidate at Latrobe University studying the environmental history of uranium mining; One month internship at Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Canberra, worked as ghost writer for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce."

What do you hope to achieve?

"Employment in academia, research or public service"

What would you recommend to other people thinking of doing a degree or course in Sustainability?

"Find a way to spread the workload evenly across the time given"

Best experiences while at the SRC?

"Meetings with very encouraging supervisors"

Person who influenced you the most during your studies?

"Dr Marcus Bussey"

Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr, PhD Graduate, USC, Sustainability Research Centre

Thesis Title 

"Scaling up, Scaling out, and Scaling in: Facilitating effective Education for Sustainability through a Decentralized Global Network"

Employment status and achievements since graduating from USC?

"Since graduating I have had my second child and have been slowly writing papers whilst looking after a toddler and a newborn."

What do you hope to achieve?

"To continue my research on human-environment interactions, focusing (at least initially) on the household scale and coastal environments."

Best experiences while at the SRC?

"Participation in international and local climate change conferences, trips to Maroochydore to engage with the SRC (as I was an external student) and the collegial working environment at the Sustainability Research Centre."

Person who influenced you the most during your studies?

"All three of my supervisors (Tim Smith, Dana Thomsen and Ben Preston) had a huge influence on me during my studies, each in different and positive ways."

Dr Michael Duggan, PhD Graduate, USC, Sustainability Research Centre

Thesis Title 

"Scaling up, Scaling out, and Scaling in: Facilitating effective Education for Sustainability through a Decentralized Global Network"

Employment status and achievements since graduating from USC?

"Full time employment. Director, Deloitte Risk Advisory."

What do you hope to achieve?

"Leading sustainability projects in the Asia-pacific whilst contributing to academia and research."

What would you recommend to other people thinking of doing a degree or course in Sustainability?

"Gain practical experience in applying your studies in sustainability wherever possible. Theory put into practice is where you really learn and gain valuable insights into how to influence the many competing agendas the impact upon sustainability."

Best experiences while at the SRC?

"Learning from and being inspired by my supervisors."

Person who influenced you the most during your studies?

"Prof. Tim Smith and Assoc. Prof. Dana Thomsen"

Please provide any additional advice for future research students?

"The one and only piece of advice I give anyone asking me about how to have a great experience in HDR studies is 'make sure to take your time finding the right fit for your supervisor(s)'. I think this can be one of the main factors influencing the direction of your HDR experience."

Dr Brian Stockwell, PhD Graduate, USC, Sustainability Research Centre

Thesis Title

"Fragticulture: Reconfiguring agricultural systems to enhance resilience and sustainability in fragmented coastal peri-urban catchments."

Employment status and achievements since graduating from USC?

"Consulting in the field, Sessional Lecturer at USC and elected Local Councillor"

What would you recommend to other people thinking of doing a degree or course in Sustainability?

"Understanding the complex world we live in will help chart the ways forward"

Best experiences while at the SRC?

"Support of supervisors initially Ron Neller, then Jen Carter and Neil Tindale."

Person who influenced you the most during your studies?

"Assoc Prof Jennifer Carter"

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