Deakin University program

Sustainability and Development

Welcome to the unit, ADH717: Sustainability and Development; exploring sustainability in the context of development programs.

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Explore the relationship between humans and the environment

Interrogate the importance of sustainability across policy and practice and the significance of working closely with affected communities to achieve sustainable outcomes that are meaningful to the people concerned.

Examine concepts such as complexity theory, equality, sustainable development and ecological understandings of our economic system, and join the critical debate on sustainability across different development contexts.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

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Who will you learn with?

Hi there, I'm a PhD Candidate looking at regenerative agriculture and the changing nature of farms. My background is in sustainable architecture, urban design, strategic planning, and climate policy.

Max Kelly has over 15 year’s experience teaching and researching issues in sustainability and development. Max has experience across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate diverse theoretical perspectives of sustainable development, and analyse how these have been applied in real-world scenarios
  • Identify and explain the complex interrelationships between ecology, society and sustainable development
  • Critically analyse a range of mainstream and non-mainstream perspectives on sustainable development
  • Apply alternative thinking to address issues of sustainability and development.

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