Bachelor of Development Studies


Meet Achievers from the Bachelor of Development Studies


Global Food Security Policy Adviser

Craig Robinson is a Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) graduate who has gone on to do some incredible work in the field of agriculture and food security for the Australian Federal Government.

In addition to gaining extensive technical knowledge in the fields of community development, global food security and policy advice provision throughout his employment with the Australian Federal Government, some of Craig’s key responsibilities have encompassed developing and advising on Australia’s position in key food security multilateral processes, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the G20, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the United Nation’s.

“The Bachelor of Development Studies provided a critical introduction to the issues I have worked on since graduating. Tackling an issue such as food insecurity requires a multi-disciplinary approach that considers environment, economic, political and social factors.”


Visual Storyteller

Conor Ashleigh is a graduate of the Bachelor of Development Studies and has gone on to make a name for himself around the globe. Conor's passion for social justice and working with those less fortunate has led him to travel the world and hi photos have been featured in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Moncole, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Buzzfeed among others.


Educator and Philanthropist

Cassandra Weller is a Bachelor of Development studies student who also works as a professional hairdresser. After travelling overseas to South America, Cassandra was inspired to set up an organisation aimed at helping women living in poverty. Cassandra founded and runs the not-for-profit With These Two Hands, and regularly travels to Ecuador to teach women hairdressing skills so they can go on to make a living. The program has been hugely successful - learn more about her story.


New Colombo Scholar

Lisa Butson is the student ambassador for the Bachelor of Development Studies (2015-16) and recipient of the 2016 New Colombo Scholarship. The scholarship enabled Lisa to travel to the Philippines for Semester 1, 2016, where she undertook an internship at De Salle University studying water and waste water management. The New Colombo Plan is a signature Australian Government initiative that aims to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to live, study and undertake work placements in the Indo-Pacific.


Town Planner

Josh"I am currently working as a town planner in the private sector in Newcastle. My degree has allowed me to achieve more than I ever expected to. By completing it, I have been given the opportunity to work in a field of high demand due to the current shortage of town planners.

I chose Newcastle because it was the closest uni to my hometown that offered development studies. Secondly, Newcastle offers a great lifestyle. I left Sydney to study and I haven't looked back!"

Initially starting a different degree, the Bachelor of Development Studies appealed to Josh so much he decided to change his study path. Josh's advice for students thinking of a development studies degree is to go for it.

The degree covers so many important, contemporary concerns; it will really open your eyes to global issues and experiences of others in the world. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help, all of the staff are so supportive and approachable.

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