Issue 1
Monday, 27 February 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
PhD candidate Kuntal Goswami (left) with Dr Benxiang Zeng at the conference in Brazil
PhD candidate Kuntal Goswami (left) with Dr Benxiang Zeng at the conference in Brazil

PhD research wins high praise in Rio

By Patrick Nelson

A Charles Darwin University student has won high praise at a conference in Brazil where he spoke about his research into the sustainable development policies of three Australian states in the early 2000s.

Adelaide-based Northern Institute PhD candidate Kuntal Goswami won an emerging scholar award at the 13th International Conference on Environment, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro recently.

His presentation examined the policy life cycle of Tasmania Together, the South Australia Strategic Plan and Western Australia’s State Sustainability Strategy.

“I explained how the rise and fall of political commitment towards these policies relates to electoral-political factors, fiscal pressure, the demise of political champions and neo-liberal economic rationales,” he said.

Mr Goswami said that more than 170 delegates from 26 countries took part in the three-day event hosted by Fluminense Federal University. 

One of Mr Goswami’s supervisors, Alice Springs-based  Dr Benxiang Zheng, also spoke at the conference on urban waste management.