RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS INTERESTS OF WATER GOVERNANCE IN THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN HONOURS SCHOLARSHIP

Environmental approvals process and governance of infrastructure in the Murray Darling Basin – with a focus on Indigenous interests and perspectives

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has established a program of 'supply measures' (building or improving river or water management structures and changes to river operating rules) to save water and improve the environmental condition of the MDB. Across the MDB, 36 projects aim to allow more targeted watering of the environment, reduce evaporation and loss, or improve river management practices. There is a need for research into the ways in which these projects are being governed, particularly how environmental and heritage assessments are being undertaken. We are particularly interested in knowing how Indigenous rights, interests and knowledges are being addressed in project assessments and approvals. Indigenous Nations of the Basin would welcome research assistance and the supervisors will facilitate appropriate engagement with representative organisations.

Scholarship supervisor(s): Prof Sue Jackson and Dr Natalie Osborne

$6,000, paid in instalments.  These funds are not for research activities and are to support the student undertaking Honours.

GPA of 6 in their undergraduate program; enrolled full-time; study in consecutive trimesters and maintain a minimum GPA of 6.

This scholarship will be offered to commence in T1, 2021.  If there is not a successful applicant for T1, the scholarship will be offered again in T2, 2021.

Email Prof Sue Jackson: s.jackson@griffith.edu.au

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