Global Development Hub

The Global Development (GD) Hub is open to all UQ and external stakeholders with an interest in global development work at UQ. Learn more below on how you can connect with the GD Hub.

The GD Hub harnesses UQ’s wealth and diverse breadth of expertise to provide opportunities and solve challenges globally. Through the GD Hub, you can connect with a community of like-minded UQ academics, researchers, development practitioners and students across a range of disciplines, faculties and institutes who are either currently engaged in, or holding an interest in, global development work.

The GD Hub is informed by the Global Development Reference Group and the Global Development at UQ Network and supported by the Global Development Hub coordinator.  The International Development team will also lend support to the GD Hub as needed with technical leadership, training and capacity building, management, and research. 

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1. Themes

The GD Hub promotes the capabilities of UQ’s expertise across six broad thematic areas. 

Our themes

As part of UQ's Global Development Impact Plan, we have identified six strategic themes which are relevant to development sector priorities. Explore our strengths in each of the areas listed below. 

Theme Leads

Global Development Theme Lead roles have been established to propel the implementation of the Global Development Impact Plan. 

We're considering Global Development Theme Leads for 2023

Working collaboratively across key themes, the Global Development Theme Leads will be passionate about global development and build collaboration across UQ, lead activities that secure funded global development projects and support International Development business development and project activities.

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Previous Theme Leads


Jeorg HenningAssociate Professor Joerg Henning, Theme Lead: Agriculture

Joerg is a Veterinary epidemiologist with over 15 years of research experience in epidemiology and biostatistics, with a focus on international animal health and production in low and middle-income countries. Has successfully obtained collaborative research investments for global agriculture development from a wide range of Australian (ACIAR) and international (DIFID, IMMANA, MSSRF, BBSRC) organisations. With a passion for Global Development in agriculture that is based on broad and transdisciplinary partnerships between different schools within universities, industry bodies, government organisations and small – and medium-scale farming communities.

Paul RogersDr Paul Rogers, Theme Lead: Energy & Resources

Paul is a researcher focused on finding new and innovative ways to promote sustainable development in communities and regions impacted by the extractive industries, particularly the Development Minerals Sector, in the Asia-Pacific region. Current research projects include a study on regional minerals cooperation in Southeast Asia for the association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a project on sourcing sustainable aggregate for the infrastructure sectors in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Karen McNamaraAssociate Professor Karen McNamara, Theme Lead: Environment

Karen is a human geographer that is interested in how people’s livelihoods (in a broad sense) can be enhanced to respond to poverty, disaster risk and climate change. Currently managing a significant four-year project on climate-induced non-economic loss, grief and recovery in the Cook Islands and Vanuatu in close partnership with local, grassroots organisations.


Martie-Louise VerreynneProfessor Martie-Louise Verreynne, Theme Lead: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Martie-Louise studies how small and entrepreneurial businesses leverage capabilities and networks to support innovation. Particularly interested in the processes and technologies of open innovation and how it applies to social or environmental innovation and how it plays out in regions such as South East Asia and Africa.



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Global Development Impact Plan (2021-2025)

The Impact Plan sets out a whole-of-UQ vision for delivering significant global impact within the development sector through the combined expertise of UQ International Development and the broader Global Partnerships office, schools, faculties, institutes, and central units. You can access the Plan on the Global Partnerships intranet