You and Your CourseOpportunities
Research and Teaching
Our ResearchResearch Degrees
Partners and Community
Partner with JCU
- About JCUPartner with JCU
- Careers and Employability
- College of Arts, Society and Education
- College of Healthcare Sciences
- College of Medicine and Dentistry
- Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
- International Students
- JCU Eduquarium
- Open Day
- Parents and Partners
- Pathways to University
- JCU Connect
- Scholarships @ JCU
- Media & Comms
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine
- About JCU
Featured News High-tech may be revolutionary for rural women
High-tech may be revolutionary for rural women
High-tech may be revolutionary for rural women
JCU researcher Rachel Hay
High-tech farms may be giving women more of a say in how farms are run, and boosting the well-being of those on the land.
A James Cook University researcher is studying how women use digital technology in agriculture and how it can benefit them, their business and their families.
Rachel Hay, a PhD student with JCU, said her work builds on a 2013 study that demonstrated the critical role played by women in the beef industry who use digital technology.
Ms Hay said digital technology included computers, smart phones, drones, remote cameras, weather stations, satellite imagery, GPS collars, electronic ear tags and ‘walk-over’ scales to monitor cattle, pastures, and bore levels from the homestead.
She said her new study aims to discover the benefits to rural women and families from using technology.
“The 2013 study found that women were driving technology from the homestead for the paddock, highlighting a shift away from men as sole decision makers in the business, and more towards women playing a larger role in farming diversification and productive partnerships.
“Adopting technology adds value to the business in terms of profit, and in terms of partnerships," she said.
Ms Hay said that using digital technology could be beneficial to farmers’ well-being.
“Saving time by using technology means women are able to spend more time with their partner in the paddock, reducing isolation and increasing well-being.
“Many women interviewed in 2013 said they liked to spend the daylight hours out in the paddock and use the computer at night,” she said.
“As the use of rural digital technology increases, my research anticipates that women will play a larger role in the management of these technologies.”
Ms Hay said she is interested in how this affects farming businesses, personal career path, and family aspirations of women in agriculture.
“The expected outcomes of the research will help to identify gaps in training, gaps in information sharing, and recognise the importance of the role of women in making decisions on the farm.”
Ms Hay will be conducting short interviews at the 2015 Ag-Grow Field Days in Emerald from 9 – 11 July . Feel free to assist with her research by having a chat.
Contact: Rachel Hay
Link to pics: http://bit.ly/1CX8ER2
- James Cook University
- Bachelor of Advanced Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business / Laws
- Bachelor of Business & Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Bachelor of Secondary Education
- Bachelor of Environmental Practice
- Bachelor of Geology
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (External)
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Pharmacy
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- Bachelor of Planning
- Bachelor of Psychological Science
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology
- Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science
- Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering / Science (Honours) MBA in Tourism
- Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Master of Data Science
- Bachelor of Sports Psychology
- Bachelor of Marine Science
- Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
- Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration]
- Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Psychology
- Master of Conflict Management & Resolution
- Graduate Certificate of Conflict Management & Resolution
- Master of Global Development
- Master of International Tourism & Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Technology and Innovation
- Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Laws
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Diploma of Higher Education (Business)
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Business Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Engineering and Applied Science
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in General Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Health
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Information Technology
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Science
- Diploma of Higher Education, Majoring in Society and Culture