Dr Ruth Nettle leads the Rural Innovation Research Group (RIRG) at the University of Melbourne. Ruth's personal research interests include:
a) Rural workforce development (human transitions in farming and the role of collaborative action in supported change)
b) The role of extension in rural change (learning systems, adaptation)
c) Multidisciplinary research, development and extension (the role of RD&E in rural innovation)
d) Farming systems change (decision-making, technology and change)
Ruth also provides input into the strategic issues facing rural industries in Australia through strategic reviews:
• Human and social capacity
• Role of Development in the future of RD&E
• Role of extension
The Rural Innovation research Group currently includes 4 Research fellows and an active post-graduate program, with 3 PhD students.
The group teaches subjects in Human Resource Management, Innovation- Change and Knowledge transfer and contributes to Social Research Methods.
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Navigating shades of social capital and trust to leverage opportunities for rural innovati..
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Enrolling advisers in governing privatised agricultural extension in Australia: challenges and opportunities for the research, development and extension system
Jana-Axinja Paschen, Nicole Reichelt, Barbara King, Margaret Ayre, Ruth Nettle
Journal article | 2017 | The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Carlton Connect Initiative: a blueprint for regional water productivity
Michael Stewardson, Dominic SKINNER, Margaret Ayre, Snow Barlow, B Cook, Robert Farquharson, Sigfredo Fuentes, Lee Godden, David Karoly, Kenneth Langford, veronika NEMES, Ruth Nettle, Murray Peel, Vincent Pettigrove, Ian Rutherfurd, Dongryeol Ryu, K Saleem, Peter Scales, Mohsen Kalantari-Soltanieh, James Webb, et al.
Report | 2014
A consultation process for developing an innovation agenda for Regional Water Productivity in Australia: the case of a fledgling innovation platform in research
Margaret Ayre, Ruth Nettle, Erazo Bobenrieth
Conference Proceedings | 2014
Research in innovation studies suggests that appropriate starting conditions are required if alignment of research to practice and..
Governing Australia’s Dairy Farm Workforce: A New Terrain for Negotiating Rural Community Sustainability
Michael Santhanam-Martin, Ruth Nettle
Journal article | 2014 | International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Amidst heightened policy interest in the future of agriculture, there is an emerging new focus on the topic of the farm workforce ..
Supporting Integration: Knowledge co-development in a large multidisciplinary research project on water use and management in Victoria’s Goulburn-Broken catchment
SML Love, MLA Ayre, RAN Nettle
Conference Proceedings | 2010 | 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning
A framework for aligning social and technical orientations to farming systems research, development and extension - an Australasian experience.
A CRAWFORD, R NETTLE, D Armstrong, M PAINE
Conference Proceedings | 2002 | Proceedings of the 17th Symposium of the International Farming Systems Association
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
2008 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Awards - Excellence Commendation
Agriculture And Food
Australasia-Pacific Extension Network
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Applied Science (Rural Development)
University of Western Sydney
Bachelor of Rural Science (1st Class Honours)