Name: Samantha Ryan
Organisation: The Centre for Communication and Social Change
Role: Project Officer
The Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) was established in 2006 to further the theory, learning and application of communication for development, and to respond to the growing demand for expertise in this area. The CfCSC is based at the School of Journalism and Communication at The University of Queensland, one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions. The CfCSC’s mission is to develop, apply and facilitate communication processes, techniques and media that empower individuals, communities and organisations to enable change through transdisciplinary collaboration and capacity building. The CfCSC operates under guiding principles based on participation and equitable stakeholder involvement; from people centred and community oriented perspectives; in transdisciplinary and integrated modes; with an emphasis on listening and sharing; by seeking context specific solutions; and with respect for culture. The CfCSC expertise is social and development communication, with a particular focus in applying C4D and working in C4D. Particular areas the CfCSC focuses on includes participatory development communication, community media for development, communication rights, sustainable development, inter‐stakeholder communication, behavior change communication, community engagement in development, and ICTs and social change. Particular processes the CfCSC specializes in includes participatory program planning, evaluation and impact assessment; communication strategy development; facilitation; adult learning; participatory needs and opportunity assessments, and action research.