Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Research and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments: Australian and Indian perspectives

In April 2015 a Symposium and Workshop were held in Delhi, India. The symposium and workshop demonstrated the benefits from collaboration, considered the issues, and in the workshop, commenced development of processes to overcome barriers as a step to establishing a virtual hub to advance mutual understanding and co­operation for rural development.

In doing so, the Symposium harnessed the knowledge and skills of participants from India and Australia who are leaders in their fields and are influential in research and its application in both the field and policy. It built new, and expanded current relationships between Australian and Indian researchers, practitioners, educators and farmers.

The symposium focused on the opportunities and benefits from collaboration across distances. In particular, it provided examples from current collaborative projects and activities to illustrate the exciting opportunities, and explore approaches to enhance those opportunities.

Key written papers from the Symposium are provided on this site.

View videos of presentations

Interview about the Virtual Hub for Rural Transformation

The symposium papers have been organised into the following three themes:

  1. Existing collaboration activities and approaches.
  2. Building knowledge together – farmers, practitioners and academics as co-researchers.
  3. The potential of collaboration – benefits issues and challenges – building a new future in collaboration and communication.

View outcomes from the Workshop.

The symposium and workshop were supported by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Australia-India Council (AIC) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the project "Advancing Mutual Understanding and Cooperation for Rural Development".

Symposium Proceedings

To view papers presented at the Symposium, please click on the links below.

Theme 2: Building knowledge together – farmers, practitioners and academics as co-researchers

 Presentation TitlePresenter
1 Building a case for the co-production and re-integration of practice and theory: PRADANs Development Apprenticeship Programme [PDF]Nivedita Narain
2 Practice in the field: dialogues, dilemmas and discourses [PDF]Rukmini Sen
3 Action research: writing on righting wrongs? [PDF]Anup Dhar
4 Transforming the political – politising transformation: beyond developmentalism[PDF]Bhavya Chitransh
5The diary and the field: methodological reflections on transformative praxis or the lesson from anthropology[PDF]Wrick Mitra
6The role of faculty vis-a-vis the field in development practice [View Presentation on Graham Centre YouTube Channel]Anil Persaud

Theme 3: The potential of collaboration – benefits, issues and challenges: building a new future in collaboration and communication

 Presentation TitlePresenter
1 Development, inequality and climate change [PDF]Colin Butler
2 Promoting food, nutrition and livelihood security for the rural poor through a process of dialogue and action reflection [PDF]Ardhendu Chatterjee


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