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.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website can be found at https://sees.uq.edu.au/

Sophie’s passion has always been marine conservation, which now sees her developing Cambodia’s first effectively managed Marine Protected Area.
Sophie’s passion has always been marine conservation, which now sees her developing Cambodia’s first effectively managed Marine Protected Area.

Sophie’s passion has always been marine conservation, which now sees her developing Cambodia’s first effectively managed Marine Protected Area.

The role uses the skills Sophie learnt in her Master of Environmental Management at UQ, and sees her liaising with several significant government departments and clients.

“I work closely with the Coral Cay Conservation Head Office in the United Kingdom as well as with staff in country, project partners and the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Royal Government of Cambodia,” she said.
 
Part of Sophie’s role involves working at a community level to develop and oversee socio-economic and fisheries surveys, capacity building programmes and to develop alternative livelihood programmes in support of local communities.
 
“I enjoy the focus on governance and management effectiveness to ensure sustainable use of marine resources and conservation of the marine environment,” Sophie said.
 
Coming from Britain, Sophie was drawn to complete her Master of Environmental Management in Brisbane, as she believed the reputation of UQ and the quality of the degree was world-class.
 
“During my program I found the lecturers holding roles in global organisations to be the most beneficial aspects of my program. Their ability to draw links between theoretical concepts and real situations enabled me to place what I was learning in context.”
 
Sophie also believes that the endless opportunities on offer during her time at UQ really set the stage for her career, and helped build her confidence when approaching her work.
 
“There were so many opportunities to become involved in the wider aspects of life at UQ. I was able to volunteer to assist at the IUCN Oceania Regional Conservation Forum, giving me an opportunity to experience firsthand global conversation in progress,” she said.
 
“In addition to this I was lucky enough to secure an internship with The Nature Conservancy, providing invaluable experience working with one of the leading global conservation NGOs.”
 
Sophie’s eagerness to learn and get involved saw her achieve the Deans Commendation for High Achievement each semester. Additionally, Sophie was awarded The Nature Conservancy Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Conservation and Sustainable Development.
 
Sophie is excited for the opportunities ahead. She is determined to continue to address the mounting environmental issues around the world, particularly in marine conservation. 

Last updated: Apr 18, 2013