Learn about and help solve a complex issue in Indonesia

The UQ Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) facilitates study trips that offer UQ students from a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to explore a real-life, complex issue in Indonesia.

Hosted by various Indonesian partner organisations, students will spend 2.5 weeks in a specific province in Indonesia to unravel the policies and programs that are in place to address the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and identify ways how communities can be more effectively engaged and empowered to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2023-24, PEATLI stands for ‘Poverty, community Engagement And Transdisciplinary Learning – Indonesia’ and focuses on SDG-1: ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere’.  The project is conducted in collaboration with the Research Centre for Social Welfare, Villages and Connectivity of the Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (KSDK-BRIN) and Brawijaya University.

During the fieldwork, students work in teams of mixed disciplinary backgrounds and with support from Brawijaya University students as translators. The teams will conduct a participatory situation analysis with stakeholders at national, regency and community level about the policies and programs that target SDG-1. They will also learn from community members how these programs affect their families, and assess the effectiveness of engagement and empowerment processes towards community-led sustainable development, in particular SDG-1.

In 2023-24, two PEATLI cohorts will be mobilised, as follows:



Preparatory workshops (15 hrs) at UQ St Lucia campus

2nd half of Semester 2 2023

2nd half of Semester 1 2024

Travel to Indonesia

18 Nov to 5 Dec 2023

6-21 Jul 2024 (TBC)

In-country introductory program (3-4 days)

At Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java


North Lombok Regency

West Nusa Tenggara Province

East Lombok Regency

West Nusa Tenggara Province

A number of travel grants funded by the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program are available for students who are:

  • Australian citizens.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree at UQ.
  • Able to get credit for the mobility towards their undergraduate program through a course taken in the semester following travel to Indonesia.

The PEATLI project is supported by a range of undergraduate programs under the faculties of HASS, Science, BEL and HABS. Students should discuss with their Program Convenor how they can use the PEATLI experience for course credit, for instance, through a practicum, internship or industry placement course, a research or special studies course, or a course that has a piece of assessment that allows to report on the research and/or engagement work done in Indonesia.




Information sessions are organised on:

  • PEATLI-5: Wed, 23 August 2023, 16:30-17:30 AEST
  • PEATLI-6: Wed, 15 November 2023, 16:30-17:30 AEST
  • Venue: Room 208, Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 827 3632 1191

Click HERE to download the Expression of Interest form and return it to the project leader. Closing date to submit an expression of interest is Friday, 15 September 2023 for PEATLI-5 and Monday, 4 March 2024 for PEATLI-6. Announcement of selection will be made within one week after the closing date.

Additional information

Previous PEATLI cohorts were hosted by the Indonesian Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency to explore the issues involved with community-led peatland restoration and sustainable management. They visited the provinces of Central and West Kalimantan (PEATLI-1 and -3, resp.), Riau (PEATLI-2), and Jambi (PEATLI-4). Some of their experiences are captured in the following stories: