Understanding the complex relationship between development processes and the natural environment in urban and rural contexts is crucial to sustainable societies.
Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Batterbury
In developing countries and in both urban and rural areas, there is a complex relationship between development processes and the natural environment. The Development specialisation analyses and provides skills necessary for the sustainable development of economies and environments. Understanding 'environment and development' draws upon inter-faculty expertise at the University of Melbourne.
Studying both rural and urban landscapes, students can look at issues including international development policy, carbon sequestration in the tropics, the political ecology of development, food security, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and urban growth and planning.
Students with an undergraduate degree from disciplines including arts and humanities, social sciences, management, health and education. It may also interest business and government professionals and those working in NGOs.
Example Career outcomes
This stream is a platform for business and government professionals and those working or wishing to work in the non-governmental sector. Students will acquire skills for implementing sustainable development strategies in developing countries and in the western world.
View full list of Development subjects in the Handbook
Example study plan (200 point program)
Political Ecology of Development
Environmental Risk Assessment
Monitoring and Evaluation in Development
Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Migration and Development
Management in Development A
Environmental Research Project
Partnerships for Sustainable Futures
Monitoring Environmental Impacts
"I spent some time teaching in a volunteer organisation in Peru, and coming into the program, decided that I wanted to learn more about how societies develop and how this process can be improved. I have a background in Urban Planning and Design which I think really helped me to understand many issues in the environment but not the reasons behind them. I chose to focus on emergency management and disaster relief and am now working at RedR Australia delivering customised training in the humanitarian sector."