Global Change Scholars in the spotlight

Learn about the innovative and inspiring work of UQ's Global Change Scholars.

PhD candidate's award winning research: Nkosana Mafico

Global Change Scholar and Business School PhD candidate Nkosana Mafico won several awards for his research. He is supervised by Professor Charmaine Hartel and Associate Professor Anna Krzeminska.

  • 2019 Kauffman Award for the Best Student Paper on Entrepreneurship (Gender and Diversity Division) - 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Boston, United States)
  • 2019 Best Student Paper Award (Gender and Diversity Division) - 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Boston, United States)
  • 2019 Best Paper Award (Business for Society Stream) - European Academy of Management (Portugal, Lisbon)
Nkosana Mafico with his supervisors
Nkosana Mafico with his supervisors, Professor Charmaine Hartel (right) and Associate Professor Anna Krzeminska (left).


Waste glass can be treasure as well as trash: Danish Kazmi

One person’s waste glass becomes another person’s treasure

In a bid to preserve the world’s second most used natural resource – sand – University of Queensland PhD candidate Danish Kazmi has developed a sustainable solution that could reduce its use in the construction industry.

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Danish's research is also recently featured in Quarry Magazine. This story provides a relatively detailed description of his research and presents the motivation, potential benefits and preliminary findings of the study on waste glass recycling in construction. 

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UQ PhD candidate Danish Kazmi
UQ PhD candidate Danish Kazmi

ABC Radio National Science Show: Bernadette Hyland-Wood

Open source data the basis of research, democracy and scientifically-based decision making

Bernadette Hyland-Wood has experience in the US Environmental Protection Agency. She knows the importance of government sourced data. This is non-personal data and covers food and crop production, population health, trade data and energy data, amongst a long list of related areas. Universities and research institutions use this data as the basis of many research activities. Bernadette says open data is the equivalent of a free press. In recent years she has witnessed the suspension of some open source data. Her PhD covers organizational culture and leadership in federal science agencies in Australia and the United States. 

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Global Change Scholar in the UQ 3MT Final: Andrea Shaw

Congratulations Andrea for winning through to the UQ 3MT Final! Students can cheer Andrea on at the Livestream event on 18 September. It will be held at the Red Room on the St Lucia campus. For those who can't attend, a link to watch the Livestream on your own device will be available soon. 

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3MT Finalist and Global Change Scholar, Andrea Shaw
3MT Finalist and Global Change Scholar, Andrea Shaw

Great things happen when fungi are your foci: Jed Calvert

The Queensland Mycological Society hold fungi-focused meetings every month at the herbarium of the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. They invited Global Change Scholar Jed to speak about his research into fungus-orchid symbiosis, and his PhD project on the diverse communities of fungi that live inside plants and play an important role in plant ecology.

There was a big turnout and guests engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on fungus-plant interplay, hidden diversity and the huge potential of fungi in the realms of low-input agriculture, breakdown of plastic waste and bioprospecting for new medicines. The tone was optimistic, and mushroom-shaped chocolate shortbreads were enjoyed by all who attended.

Contact Jed Calvert.

Three minutes of spiders and worms: Samantha Nixon

On Wednesday 12 September, 2018, Global Change Program Scholar Samantha Nixon competed in the final of the UQ Three Minute Thesis Competition. Samantha was awarded the runner-up prize for her presentation 'Fight creepy with crawly.'

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UQ 3MT Final 2018, Runner Up - Samantha Nixon from Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) on Vimeo.

Citizen science and STEM learning: Samantha Reynolds

Samantha Reynolds

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in Australian Science. Global Change Scholar, Samantha Reynolds, and her partner, Dr Brad Norman, were finalists in the 2018 Innovation in Citizen Science category, and attended the Award Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on August 29.

Samantha and Brad work with ECOCEAN, Australia’s only not-for-profit research organisation dedicated to conserving the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark. ECOCEAN uses photo-identification data collected by citizen scientists and electronic tracking technology sponsored by schools to learn more about the biology and ecology of whale sharks and to engage students in STEM learning.

They were joint runners-up and although they didn’t win, Samantha and Brad say it was a huge honour to be there. “The Eureka Prizes are like the Academy Awards for Australian science! It was great to see scientists being treated like stars and to celebrate the incredible scientific work being done in Australia” said Samantha.

Samantha, a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, uses the data collected by citizen scientists and STEM learners in her research into the movements and distribution of the endangered whale shark.

ECOCEAN website:


Twitter: @ECOCEANInc

Instagram: ecocean

Contact Samantha:; 0424563472

A little bit of our Syria: Daniel Seed

On 22 August, Global change Scholar Daniel Seed gave a presentation about his  "A little bit of our Syria" project: Blending photography, podcasting and augmented reality.

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"A little bit of our Syria" explores intimate stories of everyday life in Orman, a village in the South-West of Syria. It pairs photography, podcasts and some experimental augmented reality to recreate the narrative of leaving Australia, visiting, and leaving Syria behind at the end of each trip. The exhibition is a product of a collaboration between Rose Richani and Daniel Seed who met while studying Journalism and the University of Queensland. The exhibition works to highlight the importance of celebrating cultural diversity in Australia, and explore the sense of belonging in more than one place. Rose and Daniel worked collaboratively to create a unique art/tech/journalism project highlighting cultural diversity and Australia.

Daniel Seed is a Journalism PhD student and Global Change Scholar at The University of Queensland. Dan created a series of podcasts to provide spoken snapshots into Rose's life and explore the juxtaposition of the perceived reality of Syria from mainstream media, and the lived reality of Rose and her family.

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