• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Peter Kanowski
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.

Achieving food and nutrition security, poverty reduction, improved wellbeing and greater equity, while conserving and enhancing natural capital, and delivering climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes, are amongst the greatest and most demanding challenges of this century. The UN Sustainable Development Goals articulate ambitions for each of these elements, and progressing towards those ambitions requires that we also address the synergies and tensions between the SDGs.


Over the past 50 years, a global network of institutions and initiatives has emerged to catalyse and communicate research, enable and link researchers, in support of agriculture and natural resources-based development to address these global challenges. Australian researchers, policy makers and practitioners have contributed to this network and activities in a variety of ways; the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has played a central role in many of these. ACIAR’s partnership mode of research for development is acknowledged globally as an exemplar that other seek to emulate.


This course capitalises on ANU researchers’ engagement in ACIAR and related work, the partnerships developed in those activities, and ACIAR’s presence in Canberra and its wider global role, to explore approaches to partnership research for agricultural and natural resource-based development, modes of working in these partnerships, and to develop knowledge and skills relevant to this work. The course draws on ANU and partner researchers, staff of ACIAR and research for development networks and institutions, and case study examples of partnership research for agricultural and natural resource-based development to provide students with both conceptual and contextual knowledge, and opportunities to develop skills and experience grounded in real cases and projects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Appreciate and critique contexts of, rationales for and approaches to partnership-based research for agricultural and natural resource-based development;
  2. Understand and give effect to the foundations of successful research for development partnerships in agriculture and natural resources and related fields;
  3. Undertake elements of research project conceptualisation, development, implementation and communication;
  4. Contribute to capacity-building in partnership-based research for agricultural and natural resource-based development contexts;
  5. Communicate their learning to relevant audiences.

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Journal based on workshop program. It is a requirement students attend at least 5 workshops. (35) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Short Review Paper (15) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Concept Note (15) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Presentation of your Concept Note (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Elaborated Partnership Research Project Proposal (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour Seminar weekly, 1 tutorial hour weekly, and 12 hours of topic and skills development workshops throughout the semester.
  • 12 hours of attendance of relevant seminars, conference presentations, workshops or similar events external to the course (e.g. at other areas of the ANU, ACIAR, CSIRO or international agencies) .
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Students are required to attend a minimum of five workshops in order to pass the course.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts

Reading list will be published onto Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Students will be assigned published papers, reviews or directed to online resources as background to seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Assumed Knowledge

Graduate-level analytical, writing and communication skills


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4150 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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