[Iag-list] UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships - Indigenous knowledge/biopiracy

Daniel Robinson d.robinson at unsw.edu.au
Mon May 29 16:18:28 AEST 2017

Dear geographers,

Under its 2025 strategy, UNSW has made a call for high quality PhD students to apply at UNSW on a range of strategic research projects. A specific proposal has been approved for the project: 'Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Confronting Biopiracy', and eligible potential PhD students are encouraged to apply. To be eligible students must have research experience including a first class honours degree or a masters of research. Critical geographers are encouraged to apply, as are Indigenous scholars. Please see details of the scheme and the project below:

PhD Scholarship benefits under the scheme include:

  *   $40K a year stipend for four years
  *   Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  *   Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  *   Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
  *   At least 5 of these scholarships will be reserved for Indigenous research candidates.

Visit the FAQs<https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/unsw-scientia-phd-scholarships-faqs> and Guidelines<https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/node/69/> for more detailed information on the process and the Scheme.
Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Confronting Biopiracy

Supervisors: A/Prof Daniel Robinson (d.robinson at unsw.edu.au<mailto:d.robinson at unsw.edu.au>), Dr Paul Munro, Dr Danielle Drozdzewski

This project analyses the commodification of nature/natural products and of Indigenous knowledge. It would seek to conduct a range of case studies, legal analyses, and ethnography, aimed at identifying biopiracy cases. It will also seek to analyse Indigenous mechanisms for protecting their environmental knowledge, including through customary laws and community protocols. This project will reflect upon implementation of the UN Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its role in preventing biopiracy, as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Knowledge.


Kind regards, Daniel

Associate Professor Daniel Robinson
Masters of Environmental Management Program Authority
Environmental Humanities Group,
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW, Australia
Tel: (+612) 93859809
Research Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva
New Book: Biodiversity, Access and Benefit-Sharing: Global Case Studies. (2015) Routledge/Earthscan, Oxon. Order on Routledge<http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415714273/>
New Book: Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The WIPO IGC. (2017) Routledge/Earthscan, Oxon. Order on Routledge<https://www.routledge.com/Protecting-Traditional-Knowledge-The-WIPO-Intergovernmental-Committee/Robinson-Abdel-Latif-Roffe/p/book/9781138955448>

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