Listen: Demystifying engaged-research and its contribution to agriculture

In this Dean's Research Seminar, Professor Ruth Nettle, Agriculture Domain leader and Leader, Rural Innovation Research Group, discusses the imperative for engaged research along with insights into engaged research approaches and impacts from the work of the Rural Innovation Research Group.

The Group received the 2019 University Award for Excellence in Industry-Engaged Research.

The University of Melbourne emphasises the imperative for translational research to be in dialogue with single-discipline research for a greater flourishing of the University’s research effort overall. More engaged research is needed to progress this ideal, and agriculture has led developments in engaged research approaches over many decades.

In the seminar below, Professor Nettle explores how the Group has engaged with industry through three case studies and answers questions from the audience.

The Dean’s Research Seminars aim to showcase to a non-specialist audience the breadth, aims, importance and impact of research being undertaken across the Faculty. They are open, and should be of interest, to all staff and students.

Professor Ruth Nettle

Professor Ruth Nettle leads the Rural Innovation Research Group at the University of Melbourne. Ruth's personal research interests include rural workforce development; the role of extension in rural change; multidisciplinary research, development and extension; and farming systems change including decision-making, technology and change.

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Professor Ruth Nettle addresses staff and graduate researchers of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Photo: Stuart Winthrope.

Professor Nettle also provides input into the strategic issues facing rural industries in Australia through strategic reviews, including human and social capacity, the role of development in the future of RD&E and the role of agricultural extension.