PhD Scholarship - Monitoring and Modelling Tools for Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Pacific Islands, the University of Newcastle, Australia
 
The Secretariat for Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) is promoting the uptake of socio-ecological systems and resilience thinking, and has developed a Framework to Guide Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Pacific Islands Region. 

This framework will inform the delivery of major GCF proposals and projects to build coastal ecosystem resilience. Achieving effective transitions to green-blue economies, including sustainable financing for environment management, are part of any set of cross-cutting solutions to build socio-ecological systems resilience. Within this framework, the current proposal will develop quantitative tools to support integrated coastal management.
 
The tools can integrate monitoring and modelling tools of ecological, physical and human-related processes and can be used to analyse alternatives and trade-offs to help managers and community leaders in the decision-making process. A number of different EEZ-scale problems will be selected in conjunction with SPREP leaders, and the most appropriate technologies and tools will be applied to produce integrated system analysis. The tools will encompass a combination of technologies, including sensors (drone-based or satellite) spatial analysis and modelling which will be selected in each case in consultation with SPREP leaders. This approach will be developed to assist in the selection of the best ecosystem-based strategies to support strategic planning for building resilient socio-ecological systems, appropriate to Pacific island integrated watershed and coastal problems.

PhD Scholarship details
Tuition Fee Scholarship for 4 years, up to AUD $36,975 per annum • Living Allowance Stipend for 3.5 years. Currently$27,082 per annum • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as appropriate • Relocation allowance as appropriate • An HDR laptop • Direct research cost allowance.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Patricia Saco and Associate Professor Jose Rodriguez

Available to: Pacific Island National students

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates are required to:
Meet UON entry requirements in regards to previous qualifications
Meet UON’s English Language Requirements for PhD study
Be a citizen of a Pacific Island nation.

Application Procedure
Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest, including scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project, to Patricia.Saco@newcastle.edu.au by 31 July 2018 at 5pm.

Applications Close 31 July 2018
 
Contact: Associate Professor Patricia Saco and Associate Professor Jose Rodriguez
Phone: 02 4921 6157