This session covers:

  • What career opportunities are there in International Development?
  • What should students interested in International Development careers do to enhance their employability during their university studies?
  • How are the knowledge and skills gained from your studies applicable to International Development careers?

Through your booking and in the session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to leading industry professionals working in relevant roles and hear their experiences, stories and advice.

Date: Tuesday 18 April
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm (AEST)
Online: Online via Zoom

Meet our panel

Jacques Dennison, Project Officer, Australia Pacific Climate Partnership
Profile photo of Jacques DennisonJacques is passionate about food security, local-led and rights-based community development, as well as the intersection between global security and climate change. As a Project Officer for the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, he supports the procurement, technical delivery, and contract management of local-led and climate focused development projects in the Pacific region.

A 2022 UQ graduate, he completed a Bachelor of International Studies with a dual major in International Inequality & Development and Advanced French. While studying, he worked as a UQ Outreach Ambassador to raise awareness of tertiary education options and future career pathways in high schools. He was also president of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Student Coalition, a student representative on the BIS Management Committee, and the SDG manager for the Green Ambassador Program.
Dr. Deborah Cummins, Founder & Director, Bridging Peoples
Profile photo of Deborah CumminsDeborah has a PhD on local governance and democratisation from UNSW as well as a Bachelors of Arts / Laws (Honours) majoring in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. Working as a local governance and community engagement specialist since 2005, she has worked in different parts of Asia, Middle East and Africa, leading teams to provide research, monitoring & evaluation, policy analysis and program development support.

 Deborah founded Bridging Peoples in 2014, initially as an experience to see if the principles of good community development and community engagement could be usefully applied to help larger NGOs, governments and donors improve their work and impact in local communities. Since its initial success, they have gone from strength to strength, transforming from a small consulting outfit to a global network of like-minded professionals, all committed to improving the impact of aid, development and social change work at the local level.


Dr. Heloise Weber,  Senior Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Studies
Profile photo of Heloise WeberHeloise Weber’s research is animated by an interest in the historical and contemporary politics of inequalities and injustices in the organization of development globally. She approaches questions over development from a critical perspective, which considers ‘the international’ as a product of development, and the 'development' we experience as advanced crucially also through the ‘international’. Her research addresses how knowledge-production and representation shape and justify framings of ‘development’ at a macro-political level, and what this means for people. A correlate of this is her interest in struggles against such schemes, and for ‘development otherwise’.

Heloise has been an active member of the Global Development Studies Section(GDS) of the International Studies Association(ISA), has twice served as Section and Program Chair, and serves on the GDS Eminent Scholar Committee. She is a founding member of the GDS/ISA Edward Said Graduate Paper Award.


About HASS Career Seminar Series

The HASS Career Seminar Series invites HASS industry and alumni to participate in online panel discussions where students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how the panel used their HASS degrees and skills to help them transition into careers after graduation.

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Online via Zoom.