Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 68261


Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert is the Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change. She also convenes the Communication for Social Change plan of the Master of Communication program. She obtained a PhD in Communication in 1993 from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She joined the UQ School of Journalism and Communication (now School of Communication and Arts) in July 2006. Prior to this Elske spent almost two decades involved in research, development and teaching assignments in Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Uganda, particularly in the field of participatory research and communication for rural development.

Elske’s research interests include participatory development communication, facilitation of transdisciplinary research for development, and impact assessment of social change processes, and inter-stakeholder interfaces in development. She is currently conducting research projects in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Mongolia, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability and the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. She has published widely on a range of topics related to participatory research and communication in sustainable rural development.

Research Interests

  • Development
  • Communication


  • Bachelor of Science, Utrecht University
  • Master of Science, Utrecht University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, WUR


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Book Chapter

  • Nhuan, N. H., van de Fliert, E. and Nicetic, O. (2017). How agricultural research for development can make a change: Assessing livelihood impacts in the northwest highlands of Vietnam. Redefining diversity and dynamics of natural resources management in Asia. Volume 2, Upland natural resources and social ecological systems in northern Vietnam. (pp. 155-176) edited by Mai Van Thanh, Tran Duc Vien, Stephen J. Leisz and Ganesh Shivakoti. San Diego: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-805453-6.00010-3

  • van de Fliert, Elske (2014). Communication, development, and the natural environment. The handbook of development communication and social change. (pp. 125-137) edited by Karin Gwinn Wilkins, Thomas Tufte and Rafael Obregon. Chichester, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118505328.ch8

  • Thomas, Pradip Ninan and van de Fliert, Elske (2014). Revisiting CSC Theory. Interrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social Change. (pp. 1-19) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137426314_1

  • Baast, Erdenebolor and van de Fliert, Elske (2013). Priorities and capacity of food policy in Mongolia: The dilemma between ambitions reality. Multifunctional agriculture, ecology and food security: International perspectives. (pp. 225-244) edited by J. Ram Pillarisetti, Roger Lawrey and Azman Ahmad. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Van de Fliert, Elske (2010). Communication and Sustainable Rural Development. An Introduction to Communication and Social Change. (pp. 89-98) edited by Thomas, Pradip and Bromley, Michael. Brisbane: UQ Press.

  • Van de Fliert, Elske (2010). Participatory planning: Setting the agenda. An introduction to communication and social change. (pp. 67-76) edited by Pradip Thomas and Michael Bromley. Brisbane: UQ Press.

  • Van de Fliert, E. (2007). Communication and sustainable rural development. Communication for Social Change. (pp. 85-94) edited by Thomas, P. N.. Brisbane: The University of Queensland.

  • van de Fliert, E. (2007). For growth or well-being? Communication strategies for sustainable development in rural Asia. Moving Targets - Mapping the Paths Between Communication, Technolgy and Social Change in Communities. (pp. 45-60) edited by J. E. J. Servaes and S. Liu. Penang, Malaysia: Southbound.

  • van de Fliert, E. (2007). Participatory planning: Setting the agenda. Communication for Social Change. (pp. 61-70) edited by Thomas, P. N.. Brisbane: The University of Queensland.

  • van de Fliert, E. J. (2006). The role of the farmer field school in the transition towards sustainable agriculture. Changing Roles of Agricultural Extension in Asian Nations. (pp. 325-342) edited by A. W. Van den Ban and R. K. Samanta. New Dehli: B. R. Publishing Corporation.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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