International Development

To achieve global food security over the next 40 years global agriculture production will need to increase by 50%. We will have to produce more food through agriculture over the next 50 years than our total food production over the past 2000 years. It will be an enormous global challenge to achieve this output while also maintaining our natural environments and biodiversity. As part of our commitment to Saving the Planet, Feeding the World, our School is engaged in a variety of international development activities and we are actively expanding this engagement.

We seek to share our knowledge and expertise to help others to solve the problems they face and to develop the capacity to solve their problems without external assistance. To this end we:

  • provide teaching and training through teaching and research degrees
  • provide customised short training courses and master classes
  • undertake research in development issues
  • provide expert consultancies
  • act as an executing agency to manage complex collaboration programs
  • assist international organisations and agencies develop investment and action strategies.

Contact Us

Enquiries about current international development projects, as well as those under development, can be made to:

Professor John Gibson
Director, International Development Activities
Phone: +61 2 6773 2930

Getting started: scholarship information for Higher Degree Research students

Gaining experience in Research for Development (R4D)

  • Are you committed to using your skills to help others move up the development ladder?
  • Do you want to be part of the next generation of experts leading the way in international development?
  • Do you relish the challenge of converting your knowledge into new solutions that will work for others in very different environments?

Involvement in international development can be an extremely rewarding experience. But getting started can be difficult. Some international development projects include funding for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, but many students are not aware of these opportunities. Other projects may have opportunities for useful participation by HDR students but do not have the funding to support such participation. To overcome this barrier to getting experience in international development the School of ERS offers guidance and R4D Experience Scholarships of up to $4,000 to assist our HDR students gain experience through short-term (4 to 8 weeks) engagement overseas within a development project.

What next?

If you would like to gain experience in International Development R&D, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Review our current international development projects and discuss your interest and explore opportunities with the project coordinators.
  2. If you don't see a project that fits your interest, discuss your interest and needs with the international project coordinators closest to your areas of interest or discuss with the ERS International Development Coordinator, Professor John Gibson.
  3. If no project is able to cover the costs of your engagement in the project you can apply for an ERS R4D Experience Scholarship to support your engagement in a project. To make an application, first discuss with the ERS International Development Coordinator, Professor John Gibson.

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