PROF Ruth Nettle

PROF Ruth Nettle




  • 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.   


Member of

  • Australasia-Pacific Extension Network. Education sub-committee 1997 - 2015


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Research Funding partners include:
    1. Dairy Australia
    2. The Gardiner Foundation
    3. Department of Primary Industry
    4. Department of Sustainability and Environemnt   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • MAppSc, University of Western Sydney 1998
  • BRurSc(Hon), New England 1988

Awards and honors

  • 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Awards - Excellence Commendation, The University of Melbourne, 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y