[Iag-list] PhD Opportunity - The University of Melbourne

Rebecca Runting rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Sep 2 07:35:10 UTC 2021

Hi All,

Please see below (and attached) the details of a fully funded interdisciplinary PhD project in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Please contact rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au> if you would like more information.


Dr. Rebecca Runting

Lecturer in Spatial Sciences and ARC DECRA Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences | Faculty of Science

The University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia

E: rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au>

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Funded PhD Project: Exploring landholder management behaviour in northern Australia's rangelands under climate change
School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences |The University of Melbourne

How can we achieve sustainable land management in an era of rapid climatic and economic changes? Climate change is already having substantial impacts on our environment, and these impacts are expected to intensify in the coming decades. Further, as most land is privately owned or leased, land management decisions are largely in the hands of private individuals. Management of private lands for the public good can potentially be achieved by providing payments to landholders to undertake pro-environmental management. However, landholders have complex motivations for land management beyond maximising profits, which may limit the potential of such initiatives. These issues will be explored in the context of extensive cattle production across northern Australia's tropical savannas. Land management interventions -which can include modifying stocking rates, and Indigenous fire management -are likely to be required, but the potential uptake of these interventions has not yet been evaluated under rapid but highly uncertain climatic and economic changes.

The successful applicant will use mixed methods to establish the key drivers of landholder behaviour, including the influence of changing climatic and economic conditions in northern Australia's rangelands. This will:
-Establish how landholders perceive environmental and economic risk over different time horizons,
-Determine their willingness to accept payment for different management actions,
-Qualitatively assess landholder motivations for land management beyond profit maximisation (using semi-structured interviews).
This will improve spatial simulations of potential landholder behaviour and draw qualitative insights beyond the realm of spatial modelling. Determining these complex landholder motivations is vital as we face an uncertain world that is increasingly impacted by climate change.

A first-class honours or master's degree, and/or evidence of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals will be essential. The successful application will be awarded a stipend of $31,200. The preferred start date is early 2022 (negotiable).
The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Rebecca Runting and Prof. Lesley Head. To express interest please send a cover letter, CV and academic transcript to rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:rebecca.runting at unimelb.edu.au>, or contact for more information.

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