Elise Schuster joined UQ International Development in early 2020 as a Development Assistant in the Pacific team after graduating from the University of Queensland in 2019. As an early-career international development professional, Elise has a diversity of experiences in the Indo-Pacific Region in development, health, human rights and the Responsibility to Protect. Elise is a 2017 New Colombo Plan Scholar, and utilised the scholarship to study Northeast Asian politics in Seoul, South Korea, and undertake a research and events coordination internship in Bangkok, Thailand. Elise has undertaken a range of volunteer roles, including English tutoring with North Korean and Afghani refugees, supported research, events and conferences organised by the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and served as President of the Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition at UQ. Prior to studying at UQ, Elise served as a medic in the Australian Army, during which time she provided health and logistics support to multilateral naval exercises in several Pacific Island Countries. In 2020, Elise founded Melior Futuri, a blog that shares the stories, experiences and wisdom of emerging researchers and practitioners in development, humanitarianism, peacebuilding and human rights.


  • Certificate IV Nursing, RMIT
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies), UQ

· Bachelor of Social Science (Health & Society), UQ