[Iag-list] More UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships

Sonia Graham sonia.graham at unsw.edu.au
Tue May 30 17:20:01 AEST 2017

Dear geographers,

Further to Daniel Robinson's email yesterday, there are a few more PhD projects that have been approved by the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship scheme that may be of interest to IAG members. Please see details about the scholarships and particular projects below.

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships
UNSW Sydney has recently launched an exciting new scholarship program for PhD studies. The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to harness cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.

The scholarship scheme offers the following unique aspects:

  *   $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
PhD Opportunity in Coastal Engineering at UNSW Water Research Laboratory – Sydney, Australia

We are seeking exceptional candidates with an interest in Coastal Engineering and Science and a strong background/keen interest in machine learning techniques. The successful applicant will be based at the Water Research Laboratory on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (www.wrl.unsw.edu.au) and be part of the wider group of international researchers involved in coastal imaging (see https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12010767). The International Coastal Observing Network (ICON) initiative involves a suite of data that has been collected around the world in the past 3 decades from such locations as Australia, the US, and Europe. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop a research plan to spend time at these sites and collaborating with international researchers.

Novel Remote Sensing Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Understand Changing Coasts

Supervisors: Dr Kristen Splinter (UNSW Sydney); Professor Ian Turner (UNSW Sydney) and Dr Meg Palmsten (NRL)

State-of-the-art machine learning algorithms recently developed in fields of computer science are at a very early stage of application to coastal remote sensing data sets. Via the newly-established ICON initiative, extensive video-based data sets collected around the world over the past 3 decades present a unique and novel opportunity to explore new research applications of machine learning. Results will ultimately better inform coastal scientists, engineers and managers about the temporal variability of the world's coastlines and how coastlines are adjusting to climate change. Through the ICON network, this project aims to deliver unprecedented new insight to explore how sandy coastlines can be anticipated to change in to the future.

PhD Opportunity in the UNSW School of Social Sciences - Sydney, Australia
Achieving Fair and Collective Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise

Supervisors: Dr Sonia Graham (sonia.graham at unsw.edu.au<mailto:sonia.graham at unsw.edu.au>), Professor Marc Williams, Dr Kristen Splinter

Sea-level rise, coastal migration and more intense extreme weather events will render 350 million people vulnerable to coastal flooding by 2050. It is in the interests of coastal communities to adapt to such environmental change, yet little is known about how local collective adaptation is achieved and whether such initiatives are socially just. This project will advance our understanding about collective action and climate justice through three international sea-level rise case studies. The ultimate aim is to ensure that future coastal adaptation is fair and collaborative to sustain coastal communities through climate change.

For more information go to: https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/achieving-fair-and-collective-adaptation-sea-level-rise

Interested candidates are encouraged to read scholarship details here:
http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/?interest=scholarships as well as the FAQs.

Interested applicants MUST apply online via the link on the project page.

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