These five students were awarded Honours Scholarships in 2016. Discover their interests and drives, as well as the countries they’re off to and the thesis projects they’re embarking on.
Studying: Bachelor of Economics (Econometrics). within the economics honours degree program
Thesis: Peter’s thesis concerns the role of aspirations in rural-urban migration in Indonesia. He plans to investigate this by applying a structural model of individual choice about migration, which he aims to estimate using subjective expectations data from final-year vocational high school students in Lebak, Banten.
Studying: Animal and veterinary bioscience
Thesis: Nichola aims to investigate the distribution of Fasciola Gigantica (a parasitic flatworm) in Cambodia, and farmers’ understanding of it. Fasciolosis is an important parasitic disease in livestock, affecting production outcomes such as body condition score and draught capabilities. Despite these effects and their economic consequences, farmers’ knowledge of the disease and its impacts is limited, so they rarely undertake any preventative or control measures. Nichola is examining the disease’s prevalence and gathering information from surveys of farmers to investigate the source of infections, as well as farmer knowledge and practices relating to the spread of fasciolosis. Once she has analysed this information, Nichola hopes the data will contribute to the development of a control trial that she aims to complete as part of a PhD.
Studying: Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Thesis: Cambodian smallholder cattle farmers are in a position to increase their production to meet increased demand due to rising beef consumption in Southeast Asia, and thus reduce poverty through improved food security, income generation and employment.
Samantha aims to conduct a situation-and-impact assessment of previous best practice in health and husbandry smallholder beef production interventions in Cambodia, and estimate scale out the effect of these project outcomes, particularly regarding forage.
She hopes to identify and harness the drivers that result in sustained change. To do this, she needs to identify social aspects and intrinsic farmer motivations and link them to project outcomes. Samantha then hopes to prove that the positive outcomes of the interventions are sustainable to attract support from government and communities, especially donors.
Studying: Bachelor of Resource Economics.
Thesis: Manannan’s thesis is about resource economics – analysing smallholder livelihoods in the Indonesian coffee sector. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Manannan was strongly focused on agriculture and natural resource management, harmonising these interests with social geography, his second major. However, after he was awarded a New Colombo Plan mobility grant to study in Indonesia, Manannan’s which fuelled his desire to work and research.
Studying: Vivian completed a double degree in Science/Arts in 2014, majoring in Geosciences and Indonesian Studies. As part of her studies, she participated in the 2011 Geography Field School to Indonesia. She also completed two semesters of in-country study at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, through ACICIS Study Indonesia.
Thesis: Vivian is exploring peasant resistance to plans for Yogyakarta’s second airport in Kulon Progo.