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Where are they now?

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We are always keen to know what our alumni are currently doing and what their aspirations are. Below are a few noteworthy examples.

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, 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"

Update on other PhD graduates

We congratulate Dr Nnenna Ike in her new full-time position as Airport Planner at The Airport Group in Brisbane.

Dr Sabiha Zafrin is now an Environmental Officer in the Department of Environment and Energy, joining her husband Dr Latif Siddique (Senior Reporting Officer, Australian Fisheries Management Authority) in Canberra.  

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?

Chief Operating Officer at Orange Sky (www.orangesky.org.au

What do you hope to achieve?

"Leading sustainability and social impact projects internationally 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 Carmen Elrick-Barr, PhD Graduate, USC, Sustainability Research Centre

Thesis Title 

"Understanding household adaptive capacity: case studies from coastal Australia"

Employment status and achievements since graduating from USC?

"Employed as a Tutor in the Geography Department, University of Western Australia and as a Research Fellow at USC"

What do you hope to achieve?

"Undertake post doctoral research, continuing focus on human-environment interactions in 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."

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