We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in climate change adaptation theory and principles. The primary focus of this role is to develop a better understanding of how climate adaptation principles (i.e. rules of thumb about adaptation) are used in the process of imagining alternative futures. This project includes working along with a research team and conducting action research that investigates how different methods of engagement, such as backtracking and premortem, can assist people and organisations to use more robust adaptation principles in their decision-making. Success in this role requires collaboration with a range of stakeholders (governments, community groups, private sector), being able to work in a team, and critical thinking regarding the commonly held assumptions about climate change adaptation.

The PhD position will be under Dr Johanna Nalau, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the Cities Research Institute, School of Environment and Sciences at Griffith University located at the Gold Coast campus

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research in climate change adaptation, innovation, and decision-making processes. You will have evidence of a passion for high-quality impactful research, with a strong desire to undertake research into the core processes that underlie effective climate change adaptation principles and strategies.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with first class honours equivalent or Master’s Degree (by research) and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate change adaptation and/or decision-making/cognitive sciences as a major area of previous research.
  • Experience in using qualitative data analysis tools such as NVivo and/or Leximancer desirable

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five 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).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Dr Johanna Nalau
Phone: (07) 555 27419

Email: j.nalau@griffith.edu.au

For administration enquiries please contact:

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

This scholarship will be offered as part of the annual scholarship round. The closing date for International applicants is 17 September 2019. The closing date for Domestic applicants and Griffith University international graduates is 1 October 2019. Please see the Key Dates page for further information.

Applicants should visit the Griffith University website and follow the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, interested applicants should specify the ‘Re-evaluating climate adaptation principles for a more resilient Australia scholarship’ under ‘Other’ as the scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.

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