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07 September 2016

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Dr Daniel Connell is a Research Fellow for the Environment and Development Program. Daniel works on governance issues relating to trans-boundary rivers and has written extensively about Australia’s Murray Darling Basin.

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Masters students will soon have the opportunity to take to the tropics thanks to a new course offered as part of the Environmental Management and Development degree at Crawford School.

The Wet Tropics Cairns Applied Research Workshop will be conducted in the north Queensland city in the 2017 mid-year break. It will allow students the chance to investigate issues relevant to the coastal regions of many countries in the wet tropics through visits to sites with similar challenges in Cairns.

Course convenor Dr Daniel Connell from Crawford School said the course would offer the opportunity for students to learn some valuable lessons about environmental and development issues in tropical areas.

“Worldwide the coastal wet tropics are home to hundreds of millions of people living in highly productive but vulnerable circumstances,” he said.

“Despite its beauty and reputation for leisure Cairns shares many of these challenges and we are going to meet local researchers and managers and find out how they are responding.

“The overall theme of the course is the development of applied research techniques, but within that framework we will look at a wide range of real life situations. Using the examples available in and around Cairns we are going to investigate issues such as climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, coast reef interactions, the involvement of Indigenous people with national parks, ecotourism, foreign investment in the tourist industry and more.”

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.

Dr Connell said the course offered a valuable opportunity to learn theory and practice in the environment it applied to, and both he and the students will enjoy the experience.

“I really enjoy the intellectual intensity of this type of course. It’ll also provide a great opportunity for students working online and externally to meet other students and staff.”

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