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Study sustainability

The SRC includes 32 HDR students. Enrolments are now open for the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts (Research) programs.

There are also a number of other relevant postgraduate programs offered at USC. The SRC is also responsible for delivering the undergraduate major and minor in sustainability offered at USC.

Take a look at the current HDR students and their profiles.

Higher degree by research completions

2020 HDR completions
2019 HDR completions
2018 HDR completions
2017 HDR completions
2016 HDR completions
2014 HDR completions
2012 HDR completions
2010 HDR completions

Congratulations to our 2020 SRC HDR graduates

Dr Hannah Dambo

Thesis title: 'A Study of Educational Resilience Amongst African Refugees in South East Queensland'.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Marcus Bussey

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

Ms Kristin Emanuelsen

Thesis title: 'Importance of sewing to Inuit Women in the Canadian Arctic'.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Tristan Pearce 

Completed: Master of Arts, 2020

Dr Marcelle Holdaway

Thesis title: 'Corporate accountability, community, and gas fields in australia: exploring the landscapes, transforming the landscapes'.

Principal Supervisor: A/Prof Sohail Inayatullah

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

Dr Jack Koci

Thesis title: 'Hillslope gully erosion in savanna rangelands tributary to the Great Barrier Reef: Catchment hydrogeomorphic processes, sediment and nutrient fluxes'.

Principal Supervisor: Prof Roy Sidle

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

Dr Flora Kwapena

Thesis title: 'Land reforms in Papua New Guinea:  Will they empower the rural woman?'    Principal Supervisor: Prof Jen Carter

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

Ms Isabelle Oude-Egberink

Thesis title: 'The impacts of farmer organisations for women in Preah Vihear, Cambodia.'

Principal Supervisor: Dr Chris Jacobson

Completed: Master of Arts, 2020

Dr Sarah Pye

Thesis title: 'Saving Sun Bears: Exploring the life of Dr Wong Siew Te'

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Williams

Completed: Doctor of Creative Arts

Dr Liubov Skavronskaya

Thesis title: 'Novelty in Memorable Tourism Experiences'.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Brent Moyle

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

Dr Luke Verstraten

Thesis title: 'Improved design of roof drainage systems with box gutters, overflows and downpipes'

Principal Supervisor: Dr Graham Ashford

Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2020

 

2019 SRC HDR graduates
Dr Ximena Arango

Thesis title: 'Impacts of dolphin provisioning feeding on visitors’ intended pro-environmental attitudes, behaviours and actions in Tin Can Bay, South East Queensland'.
Principal Supervisor: Prof Bill Carter
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2019

Mr Lauchlan Bye

Thesis title: 'Development of Specialised Technology for use in Predictive Flood Modelling'
Principal Supervisor: 
Dr Helen Fairweather
Completed:
Master of Science, 2019

Ms Renee Currenti

Thesis title: 'Adaptation to climate change in Nawairuku Village, Ra Province, Fiji'.
Principal Supervisor: 
Dr Tristan Pearce
Completed:
Master of Arts, 2019

Special congratulations to Renee who was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal when she graduated on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Dr Maureen Rhemann

Thesis title: 'Asymmetry. Disruption. Futures. A Depth and Layered Approach to Understanding the Futures of Change'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Sohail Inayatullah
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2019

Dr Thomas Wegener

Thesis title: 'Globalisation and the Sustainability of Small Manufacturers: Challenges Facing the Surfboard Artisans of Australia'.
Principal Supervisor: 
Prof Tim Smith
Completed: 
Doctor of Philosophy, 2019

2018 SRC HDR graduates
2018 SRC HDR graduates
Dr Kate English

Thesis title: 'Understanding climate change and adaptation in a third sector sustainability organisation'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Claudia Baldwin
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2018

Dr Nnenna Ike

Thesis title: 'Exploring affordable student accommodation in Australia: Towards an integrated planning approach'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Claudia Baldwin
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2018

Mr Eric Lede

Thesis title: 'Adapting to climate change in the context of multiple stressors in the Canadian Arctic'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Tristan Pearce
Completed: Master of Arts, 2018

Ms Valmae Rose

Thesis title: 'Vulnerability and power to shape the future'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Marcus Bussey
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2018

Congratulations to Dr Nnenna Ike. Photographed at the September 2018 Graduation ceremony.

2017 SRC HDR graduates
2017 SRC HDR graduates
Dr Marta Botta

Thesis title: 'Exploration of internal and external indicators of social change in sustainable communities: A futures perspective'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Marcus Bussey
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr

Thesis title: 'Understanding household adaptive capacity: case studies from coastal Australia'.
Principal Supervisor: Professor Tim Smith
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

Mr Gary Forsdike

Thesis title: 'Evaluating and Sustaining Efforts to Limit Nearshore Solid Waste Pollution in a Southeast Asian Island Community'.
Principal Supervisor: Prof Patrick Nunn
Completed: Master of Arts, 2017

Dr Victor MacGill

Thesis title: 'Convergence as an example of a medium scale acephalous group exploring ways to reduce structural violence'.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Marcus Bussey
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

Dr Colin Russo

Thesis title: 'Engaging Futures: Futures methods transforming governance'.
Principal Supervisor: Professor Sohail Inayatullah
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

Dr Canh Toan Vu

Thesis title: 'Barriers to enabling principles of uncertainty and controversy in urban flood decision-making in the context of climate change: The case of Quy Nhon city, Vietnam'.
Principal Supervisor: 
Professor Neil Powell
Completed: 
Doctor of Philosophy, 2017

2016 SRC HDR graduates
2016 SRC HDR graduates:
Dr Thalia Bohl-Van Den Boogaard 

Thesis title: 'Indigenous business ventures and contemporary business planning at South Goulburn Island.'  
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jennifer Carter, Dr Joanne Freeman and Dr Paul Manuell
Completed: Master of Arts, 2016

Dr Michael Duggan

Thesis title: 'Scaling up, scaling out, scaling in: Facilitating effective Education for Sustainability through a Decentralised Global Network.'
Supervisors: Professor Tim Smith and Dr Dana Thomsen
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2016

Dr George Freduah

Thesis title: 'Climate Change and Fisheries in Ghana: Trends and Associated adaptive strategies by Small Scale Fishers.'    
Supervisors: Dr Pedro Fidelman and Professor Tim Smith
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2016

Dr Megan Marks

Thesis title: 'Visualising the Environment: the power of environmental art to encourage pro-environmental behaviour and engender a sense of place.'
Supervisors: Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin and Dr Lisa Chandler
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2016

Dr Caroline Osborne

Thesis title: 'The Potential of Social Capital to Contribute to Best Practice Urban Planning Outcomes.'

Supervisors: Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin and Associate Professor Dana Thomsen
Completed: Doctor of Philosophy, 2016