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Date: 7 April
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 601, Michie Building (#9)


The concept of Rural Communication Services has gained prominence over the past few years as the embodiment and institutionalisation of communication for development in support of family farming (e.g. FAO, 2017). Effective models for Rural Communication Services (RCS) are characterised by a delicate balance between information provision, facilitation of dialogue and co-creation of new knowledge within the given cultural and institutional context. The UQ Centre for Communication and Social Change led a three-year collaborative project (2014-16) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to design and establish RCS that would facilitate information exchange and collective action in nomadic herder communities involved in  the Green Gold Program. This is an innovative rangeland management program that aims at restoring degraded rangelands while improving herder family livelihoods in the seven most western provinces in Mongolia through the establishment and facilitation of a large network of Pasture User Groups and Herder Cooperatives. In this presentation we will share the principles of RCS design and establishment in a nomadic livelihood context and discuss the practices and lessons learned from the Green Gold RCS project in  Mongolia.


Presenter’s Bio

Elske van de Fliert is an Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Arts and Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of participatory communication in development and social change, and frameworks for and facilitation of transdisciplinary research for development. Her work finds application across several disciplinary fields, including agriculture, rural development and energy poverty.


About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 11 August

Technologies for the Analysis of Communication

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 18 August

Hotel October: The Deaths and Dates of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Prof. John Schad
(Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University)

Friday, 1 September

The Writer on the Road

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr James Cowan

Friday, 15 September

Birds of a feather? Trump, Chavez and the populist communication style in times of discursive disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Elena Block


Friday, 29 September

Making Hollywood Mobile: Labour in Global Film and Television Production

Room 740, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Kevin Sanson
(School of Communication, QUT)
Friday, 13 October

The Datafication of Religious Media:
Pulpit Plagiarism and the Spiritual Commons in American Sermons

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
(TC Beirne School of Law, UQ)
Friday 27 October

Cirrus: Innovative, Digitally Engaged Assessment for High Level Thinking

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Natalie Collie, Dr Jennifer Clement, Kerry Kilner
Friday, 3 November

"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Juan Zhang

Friday, 10 November

Historical Moods in Film

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink
(Macquarie University)


Level 6, Michie Building (#9)