Our graduates are at the forefront of major initiatives to better manage our natural and built environments.

They investigate issues from managing the population boom in South-East Queensland to assisting with poverty reduction in South-East Asia, climate change adaptation, tailoring sustainability and carbon management projects for business, managing our natural resources, and the design of our cities and neighbourhoods. Find out more about the career possibilities in geography, planning and environmental management by reading the alumni profiles below.

Our Alumni are a unique group of people located all around the world.  This community of people continues to make significant and distinctive contributions to many professional fields around the world, changing the way we think about and interact with our environment.

 Muhammad Ajmal

Muhammad Ajmal

“The best part about my study was that it enhanced my desire to bring about positive change in the community, government, local and global environments"

A green approach to business

A green approach to business

“The opportunity to complete an Industrial Placement and also the honours research I undertook during my final year was a valuable and enjoyable experience that gave me the focus needed to pursue a career in business sustainability”.

Alumnus' bright ideas help the environment

Alumnus' bright ideas help the environment

"I plan to continue my work on interesting and challenging topics that help make our world a better and more ecologically sustainable place."

Alyce Frew

Alyce Frew

Using her studies in Commerce, Psychology and Environmental Management, Optimisation and Improvement Specialist Alyce Frew is helping an Australian energy company achieve sustainable growth.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

"I get to do lots of travel. I spent seven weeks in Africa through my job with Ensight on a Rio Tinto mine site as part of a project to develop an energy strategy for them"

Andy Stewart

Andy Stewart

“The research opportunities at UQ are top notch. Why settle for the real world when you can go a step further and change it for the better”.

Angela Marsh

Angela Marsh

Angela’s current role with CNC is varied and finds her working with spatial data, managing data collection in the field, training non-GIS staff in data capture and providing mapping for various clients.

Aya Mizumura

Aya Mizumura

"My degree from UQ prepared me with the knowledge and problem solving skills to deal with various global environmental and conservation issues"

Camille Percival

Camille Percival

Camille Percival’s Bachelor of Environmental Management provided her with many great experiences – including spotting an elusive Lumholtz tree kangaroo – and led her to a rewarding career in environmental protection.

Chiara Wood

Chiara Wood

"I work in the planning law team of the Legal Services division and my BRTP definitely helped me in getting this job, as a good understanding of the planning system is required"

Chris Isles

Chris Isles

“There is nothing better than driving around Brisbane and being able to point at the projects that you gained approval for, or seeing projects being built where you drafted the planning document that has facilitated that growth."

Chris Maddox

Chris Maddox

"Studying at UQ gave Chris the opportunity to develop contacts with researchers and respected peers in industry that in turn led to a range of jobs"

Cole Gainer

Cole Gainer

Experiencing hurricanes in New Orleans and mudslides in Machu Picchu inspired Cole Gainer’s career in environmental management.

Comila Roebuck

Comila Roebuck

Ensuring the sustainable development of large scale projects is all in a day’s work for Master of Environmental Management graduate Comila Roebuck.

Daniel Delbridge

Daniel Delbridge

Daniel Delbridge facilitates complex project decision making by using his geography degree to bridge information across engineering, construction, and the environment.

Dominique ‘Nikki’ Rubia-Tutay

Dominique ‘Nikki’ Rubia-Tutay

She is implementing programs to encourage inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the Philippines, using the skills she learnt in her Development Practice (Development Planning) program at UQ.

Dr Elin Charles-Edwards

Dr Elin Charles-Edwards

I wanted to study at UQ because the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is host to world-leading researchers in the field of migration and human spatial mobility.

Dr Joanne Nightingale

Dr Joanne Nightingale

“There aren’t nearly enough young scientists in this research area, especially women. UQ is one of the leading Universities in this field and offers a full spectrum of geographical science courses.”

Dr Saravanan Subramanian

Dr Saravanan Subramanian

Dr Subramanian is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) in the University of Bonn, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutions in development research.

Ellie Smith

Ellie Smith

“I look forward to a time when development of our resources happens with utmost concern for people and the planet rather than profit"

Gustavo Andrade

Gustavo Andrade

"I received one of the best quality educations in Australia, and consequently it is helping me to achieve my professional goals in my environmental career"

Guy Gibson

Guy Gibson

"One of the features of the UQ program was the exposure that students received to other fields of study and lecturers from other departments: everything from surveying and soil science to sociology and law"

Heidi Duncan

Heidi Duncan

Overseas study, vibrant student networks and a beautiful campus provided a winning combination for Heidi Duncan during her Regional and Town Planning studies at UQ.

Isabel Ceron Castano

Isabel Ceron Castano

[UQ] is huge, academically prestigious and research-hungry, which is all you aim for when deciding where to do your postgraduate studies

Jasmin Lightbody

Jasmin Lightbody

"I’m able to influence real outcomes on the ground, helping to create a more sustainable urban environment"

Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo

"I chose the University of Queensland because it offered the best courses in carbon management and sustainability business practice"

Joshua Soderholm

Joshua Soderholm

"I have been able to access state of the art resources, funding for my own research at UQ and most importantly, a wide range of contacts within the weather community"

Kate Isles

Kate Isles

“The value of planning, and the role it can play in improving resilience in our communities is something that I am very passionate about.”

Maria Renata Cao de la Fuente

Maria Renata Cao de la Fuente

Responsible for the activities in more than 600,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in Mexico, Renata is currently working in her dream job.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith’s enthusiasm for maps has seen him plot a career in cartography with the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources & Mines. Matt joined the Department after graduating from a Ba...

Melanie Dixon

Melanie Dixon

"Being given an understanding of the variety of environmental issues and management techniques,.... meant that I went into the workplace well-equipped to provide advice and guidance to industry and government on key issues”

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes

As the Health and Safety Officer for Brisbane Motorway Services, Michael Holmes’ role is about keeping Leighton Contractors and Lend Lease staff safe at work.

Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus

"Coming out of UQ with hundreds of hours of hands-on use of industry standard GIS technology, backed by the theory provided in the lectures had me job ready"

Miguel Angel Alvarado Molina

Miguel Angel Alvarado Molina

"Choosing UQ was a matter of deciding where I would receive a high quality education and what would be most useful to me in the future".

Nam Hoai Nguyen

Nam Hoai Nguyen

After receiving his Master of Environmental Management in 2011, UQ graduate Nam Hoai Nguyen returned home to begin working on a sustainable energy vision for Vietnam

Nicholas Nalder

Nicholas Nalder

Planning for the people and contributing to the creation of spaces is what Nicholas Nalder enjoys most about his role as a Transport Planner.

Nick Webb

Nick Webb

“As an undergraduate student I studied in the fields of both Geographical Science and Earth Science. I enjoyed the variety of courses that I could select from that suited my interests within these fields"

Paul Broad

Paul Broad

Completing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at UQ was instrumental in assisting Paul Broad to launch his own consultancy offering property research and advice to residential developers.

Paul Schmidt - BEnvMan

Paul Schmidt - BEnvMan

"UQ is a great environment to learn and experience a whole range of applications for sustainability principles"

Planning for Diversity

Planning for Diversity

“I am very keen to assist in raising the profile of social planning issues”

Ralf D Schroers

Ralf D Schroers

"Sound theoretical background & practical work during my study helped me to be firm in developing concepts, methods and applications that are crucial for my daily work”

Randall Williams

Randall Williams

“Drawing on the formal knowledge I gained from my recent studies at UQ, I can share, develop and apply solutions to sustainability problems through my growing network"

Rebecca Batton

Rebecca Batton

“UQ offered courses that were relevant to my work, so I could study through a workplace program,” Ms Batton said.

Romain Mari

Romain Mari

A love of environment creates a successful business venture

Sarah Forsyth

Sarah Forsyth

The diversity of Sarah’s work means that she is constantly on the go.

Sophie Clay

Sophie Clay

The role sees Sophie liaising with several significant government departments and clients.

Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam

“I think that having a UQ degree really gives you an edge in the job market"

Theresa Fullerton

Theresa Fullerton

"I was provided with two very rewarding professional experiences during my time at UQ..."

Trevor Kanaley

Trevor Kanaley

“Careers are not always a straight line where you study to be a planner, get a job as a planner, progress to more senior planning roles and finally retire. A planning degree can be a foundation to a wide range of careers."

Tung Phan

Tung Phan

“My Master of Environmental Management helped me to develop my skills and increase my employability.”

UQ Graduate Comes Out On Top

UQ Graduate Comes Out On Top

The Environmental Management Master´s program offered me the possibility to cater my course options depending on my interests and needs as an international full-time student

Whitney Evans

Whitney Evans

Working in a diverse range of environments and interacting with a large number of clients is what Whitney Evans enjoys about her career in Occupational Health and Safety Science.