The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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International student Isabel Ceron has doubled her career prospects by obtaining two Master degrees from UQ.
International student Isabel Ceron has doubled her career prospects by obtaining two Master degrees from UQ.

International student Isabel Ceron has doubled her career prospects by obtaining two Master degrees from UQ.

Isabel came from Colombia to study a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at UQ in 2009. Wanting to develop her knowledge of regional areas further, upon completing her first degree, she jumped straight into a second Master degree in Regional Development.
 
 “I saw this second program as a vehicle to upgrade my skills in regional analysis methods,” Isabel said.
 
“Some of the courses I took during this last year have really helped me define my vocation for a career in strategic regional analysis and planning”.
 
While completing her Masters Isabel has been working as a Junior Consultant with the Property Economics team at Urbis.  In this role she supports senior consultants by collecting basic demographic information and data on proposed developments and infrastructure and then processes that data to facilitate high-level analysis for future development options.
 
“My studies at UQ were fundamental in landing this position,” she said.
 
“I first entered the company as a student planner, while doing the last semester of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and then continued to work with them part-time while studying the Master of Regional Development”.
 
It was the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management’s focus on research and writing in its planning programs that gave Isabel the skills she needed to pursue her career. 
 
“I am originally a print journalist, so I doubted I could become a confident planner through three semesters of study, but this paper regime did the trick”.
 
“By the end of the program, whether you are fully awake during the lectures or not, you will have formed yourself a sound understanding of the main issues of planning and sustainability”.
 
Isabel excelled during her studies receiving a number of awards including the 2010 Queensland Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Excellence award for Outstanding Student Project (Tertiary), where she worked as part of a team on a policy-design exercise to transform Brisbane into a 24-hour city.
 
She also presented her thesis paper titled ‘Towards Better Conceptualisation in the Design of Monitoring Systems for the Urban Form’ at the recent PIA state conference and received a Merit for her work in the 2011 PIA awards.
 
Now that she has finished her second Master degree Isabel has decided to stay in Australia and is moving to North Queensland to take up a position as a Strategic Planning Officer with the Mackay Regional Council.
 
The motivation behind Isabel’s decision to study in Australia was the flexible visa conditions that allowed her and her partner to work and finance their studies. After deciding on a country choosing UQ was straightforward.
 
“It's huge, academically prestigious and research-hungry, which is all you aim for when deciding where to do your postgraduate studies. Brisbane's weather is also a plus.”

Last updated: Oct 25, 2012