- Code EMDV8015
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Climate, Environmental Science, Resource and Environmental Management
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
The Wet Tropics Cairns Applied Research Workshop will be conducted in the mid-year break in and around Cairns, a north Queensland delta city subject to severe development and climate change pressures. Participants will investigate case studies and issues relevant to the coastal regions of many countries in the wet tropics stimulated by visits to sites with similar challenges in and around Cairns. The course is designed for students interested in environmental and development issues and will develop skills needed for policy relevant research. The Cairns Research Workshop will bring together students, ANU staff, north Queensland based researchers, staff from local and state government agencies and the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef national parks and representatives from industry groups, non-government organizations, and local communities including Indigenous peoples. The workshop-in-the-field format will combine class seminars and small group sessions with a variety of field trips. Through their individual research projects students will be able to investigate a subject of their choice selected from a wide range of topics. These include climate change impacts on coastal communities, climate change adaptation strategies, the management of river deltas, issues related to national parks and UNESCO heritage sites, NGOs and community organizations involved in policy development and management (with particular attention to the situation of Indigenous peoples) and eco-tourism, a major industry in the Cairns region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. understand the suite of public policy issues relevant to eco-cultural tourism
2. evaluate the contribution that different disciplines can make to eco-cultural tourism public policy
3. explain and work with the tensions involved in the research-policy relationship
4. complete a substantial independent research project linked to the themes of the course.
Indicative Assessment1. 20% - 1000 word essay on one of the major workshop themes before departure. (LO two)
2. 20% - journal reflecting on the daily progress of the workshop focusing in particular on the research policy relationship as discussed with regional policy makers and managers in their presentations and during the field trips. (LO three and four)
3. 10% - 300 word outline of the proposed independent essay topic which also places their project on the research continuum listed in LO one
4. 50% post-workshop 4000 word independent research essay. (LO five)
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Workload36 hours organised class time plus excursions
Preliminary ReadingRobson, Colin, 2011, 'Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner researchers'. Wiley-Blackwell.
Honey, Martha, 2008, 'Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who owns paradise?' Island Press.
Vince, Gaia, 2014, 'Adventures in the Anthropocene: a journey to the heart of the planet we made', Chatto & Windus.
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