Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert is the Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change. She also convenes the Communication for Social Change plan of the Master of Communication program. She obtained a PhD in Communication in 1993 from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She joined the UQ School of Journalism and Communication (now School of Communication and Arts) in July 2006. Prior to this Elske spent almost two decades involved in research, development and teaching assignments in Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Uganda, particularly in the field of participatory research and communication for rural development.
Elske's research interests include participatory development communication, facilitation of transdisciplinary research for development, and impact assessment of social change processes, and inter-stakeholder interfaces in development. She is currently conducting research projects in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Mongolia, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability and the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. She has published widely on a range of topics related to participatory research and communication in sustainable rural development.