Centre for Marine Socioecology: PhD Scholarships

The CMS is built around multi-disciplinary expertise in the natural and physical sciences, social sciences, economics and law. Each of the projects has an identified supervisor team and successful candidates will be expected to integrate across disciplines as well as within the primary discipline. Successful applicants will be expected to become part of the broader CMS group and be prepared to work and be challenged beyond their disciplinary comfort zones.
Potential candidates are advised to contact the primary supervisor identified in each research area to discuss the project and its expectations in more detail.

The CMS vision is to be a world leading institute in the provision of research to underpin the multiple use management of the marine domain.

Please find more information about the scholarship opportunities on the links below.

Domestic Applicants: Domestic Scholarships, utas.edu.au/research/degrees/scholarships/domestic-scholarships.

International Applicants: International Scholarships, utas.edu.au/research/degrees/scholarships/international-scholarships.

Understanding collaborative marine governance with increasing management complexities, pressures, and change

 Summary: Collaborative and networked approaches to governance are increasingly recognised as an effective mechanism for enhancing the sustainable management of marine goods and services. For example, by improving stakeholder participation they facilitate learning, complex adaptive thinking and knowledge exchange among network members. However, despite increased interest in collaborative approaches to…

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Linking marine science to action: the role and utility of Outcome Mapping

 Summary: We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to undertake a research project in the disciplines of Marine Governance and Stakeholder Engagement.  In doing so the successful candidate will develop expertise in qualitative and quantitative social science research techniques, stakeholder engagement and the science-policy interface.  This project is co-funded…

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Ecosystem service ‘offsets’ and aquaculture: determining equivalence and acceptability of environmental and social impacts and benefits

Summary: The concept of offsets, though well developed and applied in terrestrial resource-based and energy sectors, has not been tested in marine-based aquaculture. This project examines the applicability of offsets as an instrument to achieve optimal social, economic and environmental returns from marine ecosystem services from marine-based aquaculture activity. Using…

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Perspectives in Marine Conservation: CCAMLR as a Case Study for Marine Resource Management Strategies


Project Outline and objectives: There is increasing movement towards evidence-based management for marine resources around the globe. However, the requirement for scientific evidence of human impacts to inform and enable decision-making is somewhat at odds with the precautionary approach to management, which calls for preventive actions in the face of…

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Fisheries and the Sustainable Development Goals: working towards a comprehensive framework

Project Outline and objectives: 2015 is the year the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals will be published. The 17 goals are an ambitious and exciting step toward sustainable development, yet there remain a number of key challenges relating to implementation, governance, community uptake, understanding, monitoring and evaluation. Case studies are…

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Incorporating marine and coastal recreational and tourism use and values into ecosystem based management decision-making

Project Outline and objectives Recreational and tourism uses of the marine environment are often considered benign in terms of environmental impact and perhaps for this reason, few resources are allocated to undertaking research into these uses of the marine environment, particularly in terms of spatial use data and any values…

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