Leading sustainabilty research by Holly Foster
School of Management student represents Australia at the 2009 Sustainability AcademyWater scarcity is a crucial issue in regional Victoria – significantly impacting economic and social aspects of life in small towns. With drought conditions intensifying and a restructuring of the water management industry, new research into sustainable resource use without compromising the viability of regional communities – often responsible for much of Australia’s fresh produce – is pivotal.
Research in the School of Management is addressing these issues. PhD candidate Holly Foster, under the supervision of Clare D’Souza (School of Management, La Trobe University) and Pamela McRae-Williams (Water in Dry lands Research Cooperative, University of Ballarat) have been investigating the effects of increased water rationing and water pricing on consumer behaviour. These results have significant, actionable implications on quality of life and community retention in regional Victoria.
The importance of this research has recently been recognised on an international scale – Holly has been selected to attend the 2009 Sustainability Academy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada. This prestigious institution has been a forerunner in sustainable business research and boasts a prominent, high profile staff and alumni. Holly is one of only 15 postgraduate students worldwide selected to attend the Academy. Furthermore, Holly shall be the only Australian representative in the 2009 line-up.
"The PhD Sustainability Academy immerses participants in a multidimensional understanding of sustainability issues through interactive dialogue with leading faculty and leading practitioners and accomplished teachers grappling with sustainability issues. The academy stimulates cross-pollination among a diversity of theoretical and methodological traditions through intensive workshops on participants’ research-in-progress; it creates a stronger community of sustainability scholarship through close interactions with terrific faculty; and it forges bridges between academe, teaching and practice by engaging provocative thought leaders and promoting innovative approaches to sustainability education." - Richard Ivey School of Business.
As Holly prepares for her departure, she reflects on her pending attendance “it’s exciting to see others are as passionate about my research as I am – I think it will be an amazing networking opportunity.” Holly departs for Canada in late October.
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