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 UQ Global Development (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 will be supported by academic theme leads across six key areas, as well as a Global Development Hub coordinator.  The UQ International Development team will also lend support to the Hub as needed with technical leadership, training and capacity building, management and research. 

Join the GD Hub

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 recruiting Global Development Theme Leads

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. These roles will be recruiting for the themes; health; governance and public policy; and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Submit EOI: dallas.dowsett@uq.edu.au by 1 June 2022.

Download the position description

Meet our Theme Leads


Associate Professor Joerg Henning, Theme Lead: AgricultureJeorg Henning

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.


Dr Paul Rogers, Theme Lead: Energy & ResourcesPaul Rogers

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).


Associate Professor Karen McNamara, Theme Lead: EnvironmentKaren McNamara

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.

Global development offers significant opportunities to demonstrate the real-world application of UQ expertise and capabilities.

Through program delivery, innovation, policy and advisory services, our activities enable UQ to build and sustain engagement in key countries while delivering meaningful benefits to communities around the world. Few other endeavours have the potential to deliver such significant and lasting impacts.

As a member of the Global Development (GD) Hub, you will have access to:

  • a community of like-minded UQ academics, researchers, development practitioners and students
  • monthly newsletter providing updates of global development across UQ
  • feature in the Global Development Impact Plan annual report
  • cross-disciplinary resources and information
  • the latest collaboration and tender opportunities 
  • career development opportunities
  • the GlobalDev Engage series of presentations, workshops and seminars
  • apply your expertise to make a real impact in global communities

Whether you have experience in development activities, or just want to learn more, please register to join the GD Hub. 

Join the GD Hub 

A range of online tools, resources and reports will be available to GD Hub members to help you identify opportunities for collaboration.

You will need your UQ username and password to access these resources.

The GD Hub supports the implementation of UQ’s global development objectives as outlined in UQ's Global Development Impact Plan.

The Global Engagement intranet provides access to:

  • UQ's Global Development Impact Plan
  • UQ Global Development Hub Microsoft Teams community
  • The China-Global Development network staff contact list and engagement opportunities
  • Submissions to express interest in having your global development work showcased within the Global Development at UQ annual report
  • Opportunities for global development applications, tenders and events
  • Newsletter submissions to have your work feature in the monthly GD Hub newsletter

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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 Engagement & Entrepreneurship (GE&E) Office, schools, faculties, institutes, and central units. You can access the Plan on the Global Engagement intranet