Alison Moore is an agricultural extension professional with 27 years’ experience in community development. Alison works in both government and private sectors, with research experience in rural sociology. She has interdisciplinary science qualifications with a first degree in agricultural economics and a Masters in social planning and development. She conducts evaluations in both public and private sectors and teaches evaluation and extension subjects. Her work has been in very diverse settings, for example with agricultural researchers in Cambodia; the evaluation of projects to reduce domestic violence and inter-communal violence in Timor Leste; an eight-year coordination of the statewide community support program for Landcare and natural resource management in Queensland; and recently the development of evaluation frameworks in the Australian tertiary education sector and for a pilot agricultural extension training project. She has worked with rural and remote communities in Queensland, NSW and internationally.

While continuing to teach evaluation at the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Gatton campus, she is manager of UQ’s Pinjarra Hills Research precinct and is part of a UQ team working on an ACIAR project in Myanmar. Early in her career she has been a journalist and then editor of an agricultural newspaper in north-west New South Wales.

Research Interests

Alison acts as an industry adjunct and has taught into the rural development area at UQ since 2009. Alison also teaches evaluation, professional skills including working with groups and teams and stakeholder engagement; agricultural extension; and social planning. Currently for Semester 1 2020 Alison is teaching evaluation at UQ.

Alison’s main research interests are evaluation and agriculture extension. In her industry adjunct role she is primarily there to offer students with information about the wide range of opportunities that exist within the very broad term of community development and to be part of the Management Committee for the Master of Development Practice program.


  • Lane, M., Moore, A., Hooper, L., Menzies, V., Cooper, B., Shaw, N. & Rueckert, C. (2019) Dimensions of student success: a framework for defining and evaluating support for learning in higher education, Higher Education Research & Development, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1615418