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  Reducing methane emissions from agriculture in Australia: Opportunities and barriers for stakeholders to achieve food security and climate targets

   School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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  Dr Eleanor Jew, Prof Clare Murphy, Prof Lisa Emberson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


Are you passionate about climate action? Ardent about agriculture? Fervent about food security? If so, this is the MRes for you! You will be working with different teams, across changing timezones and making an impact on how the world works.

We are looking for a Research Student to join our team investigating how emissions from agriculture in Australia can be reduced. Working with research teams in Australia and the UK, you will explore the knowledge and ambitions of stakeholders across the agricultural industry. This fully funded 12-month Masters by Research will give you skills in qualitative data collection and analysis, expertise in agriculture and emissions, and it provides a launchpad for a career in this increasingly crucial field. The degree will be awarded by the University of York in the UK, a member of the Russell Group of UK universities, in partnership with the University of Wollongong in Australia where you will be based.

About you:

You will need to have the relevant permissions to undertake a studentship in Australia, a working understanding of pastoral and arable agriculture within Australia, an interest in interdisciplinary science and a Bachelor’s degree with an honours year research experience in a relevant area (e.g. Environmental Science/Natural Sciences/Agriculture/Conservation). Entry requirements are a distinction average and above (UK equivalent 2:1). A familiarity with NVivo is desired, as is experience in qualitative research such as stakeholder mapping, interviewing and data analysis. You need to be able to travel, however there are possibilities for the right candidate to be based in a number of alternative Australian cities.

What will you be doing?

A master’s research programme is largely self-driven, where you will be conducting research with regular support from your supervisors through weekly or fortnightly meetings. Initially this will begin with a literature review to familiarise yourself with the topic and understand the current status of knowledge and research. This will be followed by data collection, where you will be conducting interviews and focus groups in person and online as appropriate. Transcription and data analysis will take place throughout this period. This will be followed by the preparation of a dissertation for submission, and academic papers if appropriate. There is potential to extend to a PhD, funding dependent. 

University of York - Department of Environment and Geography             

The University of York is within the top 10 universities in the UK for research. At the Department of Environment and Geography we supervise a wide range of PhDs and Masters research in the natural, economic and social sciences. We work closely with world-class research centres including the Stockholm Environment Institute, the York Environmental Sustainability institute and the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre.

The Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We are committed to supporting equality and diversity and strive to provide a positive working environment for all staff and students. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The successful candidate will work within the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, which for many years has been the preeminent research group in atmospheric chemistry in an Australian university. The Centre harbours a collaborative and supportive environment for students. Weekly group meetings and journal club meetings are supplemented by fortnightly “mini-group” meetings, where staff and students describe their most recent achievements and difficulties, and then set out their goals for the coming fortnight. This fosters an environment where staff discuss their science openly, with problems and difficulties discussed (and often solved) and successes celebrated. These meetings involve all staff, from Professors to undergraduate internship students helping to foster a collaborative environment for all.

The University of Wollongong is committed to workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. We value and acknowledge the importance of our people’s diverse experiences, talents and cultures that they bring to work with them each day. Embracing diversity and creating inclusion is a key component of attracting and retaining talent in our workforce. The creation of a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to our ability to unlock potential and enhance our success. 

This is a 12-month, funded Masters by Research project. The studentship covers: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate for doctoral study (currently £18,622); and (ii) tuition fees at the home rate (currently £22,200). There is also funding for travel to the UK if required. 

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