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Theme 5 - Education, Training and Capacity Building

This theme showcases various undergraduate and graduate programs in tropical environmental and sustainability sciences at James Cook University.  In addition, we plan to expand our activities to include outreach to the wider community, together with organising short training courses for targeted stakeholder groups within and outside Australia.

TESS is particularly fortunate to have a large number of its academic staff involved in two of JCU’s flagship courses, the Master of Development Practice (co-ordinated by Professor Jeffrey Sayer) and the Bachelor of Sustainability (co-ordinated by Professor Steve Turton).

The Master of Development Practice is a new two-year degree that provides graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge to identify and address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, conservation, climate change and agriculture. James Cook University is one of a network of universities worldwide to develop and offer this program with generous funding from the US-based MacArthur Foundation.  South East Asia and the Pacific are home to tens of millions of the world’s poorest people. From North Queensland in Australia, JCU leads this course in collaboration with universities in Indonesia and the Philippines.  For further details, please visit:

JCU is recognised as an international incubator for sustainability research and future sustainability leaders. Our commitment to sustainable ecological, social and economic advances is the driving force behind our dedicated Bachelor of Sustainability. TESS academics and researchers are providing much of the teaching input to the new Bachelor of Sustainability degree, one of only two such degrees offered in Australia.  The JCU program is innovative as it provides students with the opportunity to complete the degree with majors in either: science, business or social science.  For further details, please visit:

Theme Leader

Dr. Tasmin Rymer

Theme Members


Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Sciences

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