We are seeking PhD applicants to contribute to an inter-disciplinary and mixed-method collaboration which explores the complex relationship between natural and social systems in various biodiversity conservation domains in the Australian Capital Territory. The four linked PhD projects each have a defined focus on understanding the social dimensions, impacts and implications of biodiversity conservation efforts at local, national and international levels.
In the midst of a global biodiversity crises, this project will compare models and applications of rewilding – and other relevant restoration work – in different geographical and cultural contexts. It will explore how distinct conservation knowledges (indigenous and non-indigenous) and cultural practices might inform the creation and/or management of wild infrastructures.
The successful candidate will work closely with Australian National University faculty, the ACT Government, The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Mulligans Flat–Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment (www. mfgowoodlandexperiment.org.au) and other relevant stakeholders in the government, industry and community sectors as the projects develop. Each of the following projects will be supervised by an interdisciplinary panel comprising leading scholars, knowledge brokers and practitioners in ecology and biodiversity studies, sociology, science communication, public health, science and technology studies, cultural and media studies, and gender studies.
The candidate will be exposed to complementary and cutting-edge methodological approaches and conceptual frameworks, and benefit from diverse disciplinary and substantive networks as well as 15 years of woodlands research and 10 years of Sanctuary development. At this stage, we are envisaging the cohort of students will be colocated across the ANU School of Sociology, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Centre for Public Awareness of Science during the tenure of their programs, as well as taking up periodic residences in the new Woodlands Learning Centre in Throsby. We see collaboration and cross-fertilisation of knowledges and approaches as key to the building of capacity in this exciting and critical area of socio-ecological studies.
How to apply
Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest to Associate Professor Gavin Smith (gavin. [email protected]
; 02 6125 0323) by October 1 2019 stating their interests and ideas in one of the areas of research listed above, academic transcript(s) and their CV. This project is open to applications from domestic Australian and New Zealand candidates.
The successful candidate must obtain admission to a relevant HDR Program in the College of Science and secure an Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) PhD Scholarship or similar ANU PhD scholarship of $27,596 AUD tax free (2019 rate for 3 years). First class Honours (or equivalent academic qualifications) is a prerequisite for appointment. Upon confirmation of the scholarship, an $8,000 per annum top-up scholarship (for 3 years) will be awarded.