• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Geography, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

The course EMDV8066 Research Project provides students with the opportunity to conduct their own independent research, closely guided and supported by READ academic staff.  Students investigate topics relevant to environmental management, development or climate change issues. 

The topic and basic approach of the research effort is set out in semester 1, through in EMDV8008 Research Proposal. The main activities for students undertaking Research Project in semester 2 are to embark upon a process of data collection (which may involve fieldwork), to analyse primary data and/or other information from their research, to re-build a conceptual framework for understanding that information, and to situate this within the scholarly literature. Students engage in collaborative and peer review workshops, to refine and polish their writing and analysis. Students present their research, in both written form through an 8,000-10,000 word final research paper, and in oral form through a public presentation to the department.  

The students' research projects are supervised by the Course Convenor and one or more specific supervisors for each student. Students need to have achieved a distinction grade or better in EMDV8008 Research Proposal and in EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management in the first semester (or equivalent) to enrol in EMDV8066 Research Project in second semester.

The successful completion of this 12-unit research course, completed in conjunction with EMDV 8102 Research Methods and EMDV 8008 Research Proposal, can serve as the springboard for careers in advanced environmental policy analysis or doctoral studies.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Choose and apply relevant aspects of research design, methods and research methodology to investigate important questions in environmental management, development or climate change studies.
  2. Collect and analyse data in an ethical way, following a robust study design.
  3. Develop and present a scholarly argument based upon original research findings and analysis.
  4. Communicate the results of research clearly and concisely in oral and written form.
  5. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the contribution of the project by situating the findings within relevant scholarly literature.

Work Integrated Learning


This course is a guided independent learning course where students are expected to collect original research data.

Other Information

The course is taught with a combination of refresher lectures (on research design, analysis, writing papers), guest presentations, small group meetings and writing workshops. The course begins with a refresher lecture on research principles followed by a refresher lecture on data analysis and preparing papers. The course continues through guest presentations into facilitated writing workshops. The latter part of the course focuses on writing workshops, with peer review and discussion of of research findings and draft papers, and student presentations. The final assignment is a research paper describing and discussing the findings of the student's research project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 Short talks on research progress (5 minutes each) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. 2 Peer review talks (5 minutes each) (5) [LO 3,4]
  3. Draft outline of the research paper (1,000-1,500 words) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Oral presentation (15 minutes plus 5 minutes response to questions) (15) [LO 3,4,5]
  5. Final written research paper (9,000-10,000 words including references) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The standard workload for a 12 unit course is 260 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

The student must have completed EMDV 8102 Research Methods and EMDV 8008 Research Proposal, with a 70% average, to enroll in EMDV 8066 Research Project.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have previously successfully completed EMDV8008 with a mark of 70% and above and have a program average of 70%.

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for EMDV8066. The course requires students to undertake an updated literature review (largely completed in Research Proposal). Students are expected to find and access the literature that is relevant to their research topic. Additional advice on reading materials will be provided by the Course Convenor and the Research Supervisor


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7201 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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