10 February 2014
A University of the Sunshine Coast academic who has gained prestigious roles with the Institute of Australian Geographers will have her finger on the national pulse of a discipline increasingly important in tackling global issues.
USC Associate Professor of Geography Jennifer Carter has been appointed editor of the peak professional body’s newsletter and a member of its council.
Dr Carter said she was honoured to be contributing to the future of geography, including its study, application, promotion and protection.
“Geography is a holistic, relevant study of space, place and environment,” she said. “It examines interconnections between people and the environment and crises facing our planet such as climate change, food resources and refugees.
“I’ll be at the forefront of policy debates, helping to show broader society the capacity of this discipline to deal with contemporary world problems.
“USC’s profile also will rise as we become a hub for collecting and disseminating information about what geographers across the nation are doing.”
Dr Carter said it was wonderful to see geography back on the national agenda, as a compulsory course in the Australian school curriculum.
“Since I joined the University in 2002, we have steadily built geography as a major for students, as well as a strategic priority in research,” she said.
“I have PhD students now looking at issues including how remote places can develop sustainable industries and how the Sunshine Coast views its own sense of place.”
Dr Carter, who is researching farming projects in the Pacific Islands, said her career in geography was inspired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, who was her undergraduate lecturer, and former USC Professor of Geography Pam Dyer.
— Julie Schomberg