We are looking for PhD candidates with a background in geography or communication for an ARC funded project: Enabling cultures of bushfire readiness in Australian communities (SRI200200441, 2021-2024) at the School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania (UTAS).

There are living allowance scholarships of $28,092pa (2020 rate) that will be considered for outstanding applicants.

Australia's Black Summer showed that many households and neighbourhoods are inadequately prepared for the 'new normal' of faster, fiercer bushfires. This is particularly concerning on the urban fringe, where rapid development is changing landscapes, and households face complex socio-economic challenges. This research aims to understand how Australian fire management agencies interact with diverse communities about bushfire preparedness, and how different communities interpret and respond to this communication. We are seeking high quality candidates for two interdisciplinary PhD projects that address this challenge.

The supervisory team includes Chloe Lucas<https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/geography-spatial/chloe-lucas>, Aidan Davison<https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/cose-ted/aidan-davison> and David Bowman<https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/biological-sciences/David-Bowman>.
Links to the available projects below:

Cultures of communication for bushfire preparation https://secure.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-phd-projects/phd-projects/college-of-sciences-and-engineering/school-of-technology,-environments-and-design/geography-and-spatial-sciences/cultures-of-communication-for-bushfire-preparation/_nocache

Decision-support tools for householder bushfire preparation https://secure.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-phd-projects/phd-projects/college-of-sciences-and-engineering/school-of-technology,-environments-and-design/geography-and-spatial-sciences/decision-support-tools-for-householder-bushfire-preparation/_nocache

Please forward to your networks.

Many thanks

Dr Chloe Lucas

Research Fellow

School of Geography, Planning, & Spatial Sciences | University of Tasmania 

Email chloe.lucas@utas.edu.au   

Twitter @ChloeTas




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