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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 1, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Week 5:
Wednesday, 29 March

Seminar:  The disruptions of gold: some archaeology of the literary cultures of the global south

IASH Seminar Room, Level 4, Forgan Smith Tower (Bldg #1)

Prof Philip Mead, Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia

Week 6:
Friday, 7 April

Seminar: Strategising communication and collective action towards sustainable nomadic livelihoods (Mongolia)​

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

A/Prof Elske Van de Fliert

Week 8:
Friday, 28 April

Seminar: Ageing in a foreign land: A social identity approach to enhancing connectedness and well-being

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Week 9:
Friday, 5 May

Workshop: ARC Applications - What I Wish I'd Known

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session

Dr Kim Wilkins

Aims: To provide information on the do's and don'ts related to preparing for ARC grant applications

Audience: Early Career Researchers; Staff new to the ARC

Week 10:
Friday, 12 May

Workshop: ARC Fellowships - When, Why & How

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session


A/Prof Anna Johnston and Dr Jessica White

Aims: To provide information on ARC future Fellowship, DECRA, & other fellowships

Audience: Staff who are planning to apply for ARC fellowships, and/or other fellowships


Week 11:
Friday, 19 May

Seminar: Hyperlocal Journalism & Digital Disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Scott Downman and Mr Richard Murray
Week 12: 
Friday, 26 May

Seminar: Copyright and Creativity: Is Australian Policy Hurting Creators?

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

University Professor Patricia Aufderheide (School of Communication, American University)
Friday 9 June

Seminar: The Poetics of Religious Toleration in the Long British Eighteenth Century

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Brandon Chua
Exam Period:
Friday, 16 June

Workshop: ARC Linkage Grants - When, Why & How

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session

A/Prof Shuang LiuMs Sarina Hobbin, Prof Annemaree Carroll

Aims: To provide information on building ARC Linkage grant applications including negotiating with partner organisations

Audience: Staff who are considering developing ARC Linkage grant applications


Level 6, Michie Building (#9)