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MAX RICKER - NOVEMBER 2016

Project: The potential of grassroots sustainability movements to address a social justice agenda: a case study of the Transition Town Movement in Melbourne

With an undergraduate background in Ecology and Conservation Biology (Uppsala University, Sweden), Max went on to graduate from the Masters of Environment in November 2016, specialising in Climate Change and International Development. During his extensive time spent traveling, Max developed a strong interest in human-environment interactions. Following his thesis work on the nexus of environmental and social justice, Max is particularly interested in pursuing further sustainability work in a developing countries context where there is often a direct conflict between environmental preservation and meeting livelihood needs.
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ISOBEL GRAHAM - JULY 2017

Project: Modelling a renewable and energy independent community in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland

Blog posts: Are communities the answer to our renewable energy needs?

Isobel has completed a double degree in economics and science at the Australian National University where she specialised in chemistry and natural resource management. In her masters project she focused on renewable energy and climate change. She is currently working at an industry association in the energy industry. She graduated from the Master of Environment in July 2017.
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OLIVER HILL - JULY 2017

Project: Building a typology of best practice Social Impact Assessment: a study of community-based agreement-making in the resource sector

Blog posts: Social Impact Assessment and value coordination on the Western CapeDue diligence beyond planetary boundaries

Transitioning from undergraduate studies in geology and marine sciences, Oliver has since developed knowledge in environmental policy, sustainable resource development, resource ownership, and marine environments. His research focused on developing resource sector Social Impact Assessment (SIA) by studying leading examples of community based agreement making. The work aims to develop better practices in SIA and increase understanding of community needs prior to development, leading to a more equitable sharing of benefits. He graduated from the Master of Environment in July 2017.
 
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WIDIA LESTARI - JULY 2017

Project: Understanding governance architectures, community leadership and cultural diversity in Java, Indonesia

Her interest in these areas is rooted in her background in Urban Planning and work with many people from different disciplines. Her main interests are to work within renewable energy, climate change, poverty and development issues. Widia graduated from the Master of Environment in July 2017; tailoring her own stream combining the 'development, climate change, and renewable energy'.
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JOSE LOPEZ - NOVEMBER 2017

Project: Reducing landfill use in Burnley campus

Blog posts: Do we need a meat tax? 

After completing his undergraduate studies in Animal Science (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru), Jose developed an interest in organic waste treatment technologies and Industrial ecology to contribute to a sustainable farming. His project will evaluate the effect of providing recycling feedback to the Burnley community on the amount of recyclables collected, as well as to model the waste stream of the campus to recommend strategies that allow the waste managers to reach waste management targets.
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Jack simkin - february 2018

Project: The design of a community developed community-enterprise benefit-sharing scheme for climate resilience activities

Blog posts: UAV-assisted sustainability scienceSustainable eco-enterprise for climate resilience in Fiji; Remote controlled conservation; Resilience2017

Jack has a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) from RMIT, and realised the significance of natural resource mangement policy design after five years of working in the environmental services sector. He came back to University to explore how the system works, and more importantly, how it could work better. Jack completed the Master of Environment in early 2018, and is planning on commencing a PhD in the field of community resilience later in the year.