Professional Short Course

Socially Responsible Renewable Energy Development Short Course

The renewable energy landscape is changing quickly.

Learn how to deliver better community engagement and benefit sharing strategies that foster social licence to deliver successful projects.

State Governments are driving faster rates of renewable energy development to meet targets, address climate change and replace retiring coal fired power stations. Renewable energy is also being positioned as a key economic opportunity for regional communities.

We need renewable energy developers who can secure and maintain community support for current and emerging opportunities. Getting the social aspects right will:

  • Help the renewable energy industry thrive into the future
  • Deliver benefits in regional communities and harness community support
  • Assist State Governments to meet their renewable energy targets

This eight-week online course will equip renewable energy practitioners with training in best-practice community engagement and benefit sharing concepts and methods. Hear from industry leading guest speakers each week!

Socially Responsible
Renewable Energy Development

  • 8 week course, 3hrs/week –
    (2hrs online, 1 hr pre-reading)

  • Online course via Griffith University’s Microsoft
    Teams platform

  • Digital Badge from Griffith University

  • $1,600 full fee
    $1,200 subsidised
  • 25% discount for 2 or more participants from the same organisation
Course participants on zoom
Course facilitator Dr Jarra Hicks (top left) and 2021 course participants

Our 2023 May/June course is now full but we are in the process of developing future learning opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Recognise key social considerations that should be incorporated into renewable energy development.

Identify key characteristics of effective community engagement and benefit sharing strategies that support best-practice outcomes for mid and large-scale projects.

Apply key community engagement and benefit sharing strategies to meet the needs of unique social contexts and analyse how a developer’s approach may impact on social licence to operate.

Reflect on how introduced strategies and skills could influence future personal and/or professional initiatives.

Who should attend?

Renewable energy practitioners, advocates and policy makers, especially those in project development, project management and community engagement roles.

Participants can earn a Digital Badge on completion of the course requirements.

Course outline

Each week you’ll cover a new topic with guest presenters each week from the industry and wider sector over the course.

Week 1: Understanding social licence + engagement principles

Week 2: Gaining strategic knowledge of the social context

Week 3: Developing effective community engagement plans + evaluation methods

Week 4: Engaging with Indigenous communities

Week 5: Benefit sharing concepts + options

Week 6: Legal + financial models of co-investment + co-ownership

Week 7: Forming partnerships for local economic development (procurement, employment & legacy initiatives)

Week 8: Effective complaint management + handling tricky situations

For more information

Course content:

Dr Jarra Hicks

Course registration/delivery queries:

Centre for Impact Innovation

SRRED Alumni


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