Resolving coastal tensions or living with conflict: what is the fate of Tasmania's rural coasts?

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Research Project
Tasmania is experiencing escalated development of its coastal regions, with greater use of coastal waters for industry and recreational activities, as well as the value placed on the pristine nature of our coasts.

A greater understanding of community values regarding the marine environment is required so that increased seafood production and marine-based livelihoods can be generated from a public resource to meet the needs of current and future generations. In addition, procedural justice is a key component underpinning conflict in this arena. It is not enough purely to understand community values, it is imperative to understand how such values can be incorporated into a ‘just’ decision-making process.

This project will use the Tasmanian coast as a case study to investigate potential means by which to incorporate natural resource values into public decision-making processes relating to commons-resource use.

Eligibility
Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in human geography/natural resource management/social sciences/political sciences/environmental science
Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply
See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
High level oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
Experience in applied research, working with industry, government or in natural resource management
Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant

Application Process
Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact karen.alexander@utas.edu.au. Information and guidance on the application process can be found at https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/apply-now.