Dr Paul Hodge, A/Prof Sarah Wright and Emma Dawes from the Discipline of Geography & Environmental Studies, School of Environmental & Life Sciences break new ground in online scholarly collaborations and networking in the field of Development Studies.
44 participants from across 10 Australian universities, 1 International university (University of the Philippines) and The Urban Poor Resource Centre (based in Manila) came together on February 15th & 16th for an inaugural international symposium. The symposium was held to forge cross-disciplinary communities of practice in development research, pedagogy and policy & practice. Participants discussed contemporary issues in development aid, ways of strengthening connections between academics and community based organisations and practitioners, and targeted policy interventions. There was also strong collaboration and ideas sharing on the challenges and possibilities of teaching Development Studies to an increasingly diverse student cohort.
This highly successful international event was an initiative of the Critical Development Study Group (CDSG) of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG). Dr Paul Hodge and A/Prof Sarah Wright who are co-conveners of the Study Group, co-chaired the symposium. Emma Dawes, Technical Officer in the School of Environmental & Life Sciences, coordinated the technology during the symposium which ensured the overall success of the innovative platform and The Centre for Teaching and Learning provided the essential online resource, Collaborate Ultra, and supported the initial training sessions.
UON staff and Students in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies
UWA staff and students participating in the Symposium
The participating Australian universities included: UoN, Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, Western Sydney University, Murdoch University, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, La Trobe University and James Cook University.