A PhD position and scholarship is available at the Institute for Ethics, Governance & Law, Griffith University (Nathan, Brisbane), as part of its three-year research project, “Ethics, values and social licence in the Blue Economy” in the Blue Economy CRC. This overarching research project will produce a world-first account of the ethical values at stake in the Blue Economy. It will provide key outputs that help industry partners inform funders, Boards and communities to secure the social licence to operate in new environments.

The PhD project will be an integral part of this project. It will involve a scholarly analysis of ethical values and issues involved in the Blue Economy. At present in the literature, there are very few engagements with this rapidly growing area of industrial development and ecological concern, presenting an exciting opportunity for original agenda-setting research.

The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (IEGL) is a Research Centre headquartered in the Griffith Law School, linking Griffith, ANU, CAI in Manila, OP Jindal in Delhi, Strathmore in Nairobi. It was established on the initiative of the United Nations University and aims to be a globally networked resource for the development of values-based governance through research and capacity building. It engages with other academic, non-government organisations, government, business and multilateral institutions and networks to improve governance and build institutional integrity in governments, corporations, non-government organisations and international institutions.

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic applicants.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelor’s degree with First Class honours or in the Upper Second Class or alternatively a master’s degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment
  • Candidates can come from a variety of disciplines (e.g., philosophy, law, political theory, sociology) that are applicable to ethical analysis of applied case studies.
  • The candidate will need to be open to interdisciplinary work, to be fully engaged in the broader research project.
  • Familiarity with ethical concerns that arise in Blue Economy situations (food security, environmental ethics, indigenous representation, corporate social responsibility etc.) are desirable.
  • The PhD scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,092 (likely to be adjusted for inflation) for a period of up to three years of full-time study, and will commence in 2021.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Griffith University ranks #1 in Australia for the area of Law in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020.

For project related enquiries please contact:

Dr Hugh Breakey

Senior Research Fellow, IEGL, Griffith University, Email: h.breakey@griffith.edu.au

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817
Email: hdr-scholarship@griffith.edu.au

Please do not select the “APPLY” button. All expressions of interest must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EoI) to Dr Hugh Breakey h.breakey@griffith.edu.au containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • Evidence that you have completed a Bachelor Degree with Class 1 or 2A honours or will be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

The closing date for expressions of interest is 11:59pm on 27 June 2021.

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply for the program on-line