PhD students are crucial to the ongoing success of the project.
Students are part of a large research group comprising senior Australian, Filipino, and other international researchers.
Being part of Project Tarsier as an HDR student provides great opportunities for collaboration, networking, and learning. Students will be supervised by the project team and others from UniSC, VSU and elsewhere, as appropriate.
PhD students must be based on the Sunshine Coast and be able to carry out field work in remote conditions for up to two months at a time if required. We work in and value a multicultural environment and cultural sensitivity and awareness is essential.
PhD projects will be around one or a subset of the following key themes:
- Improving Reforestation Project Design and Funding
- Improving Stakeholder Engagement
- Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation Systems
- Livelihood Projects
- Socioeconomic Aspects
- Use of Remote Sensing in Carbon Projects
- Carbon Stocks and Accumulation
- Policy and Governance
Project Tarsier will address key knowledge gaps from the site level up to the global policy arena to advance efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals related to equity, poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, wellbeing, food security, and biodiversity conservation. The project is likely to have a substantial impact on the practice of reforestation and guide national and international policy initiatives.
Priority PhD projects
The following scholarships are open for application. However, we encourage potential PhD students with a strong track record interested in developing a PhD thesis on any of the eight key areas listed above to contact the project team at any time.
This position is open for Filipino students only. The topic of research is within any of the eight key themes of the project. Students are encouraged to contact the project team to discuss their interests. Filipino nationals can also apply for the other projects open to any nationality.
The PhD project will be focused on biodiversity conservation outcomes of reforestation. The position is open for applicants of all nationalities. The ideal applicant has research field experience and ability to work overseas in the Philippines for up to two months at a time and is proactive and culturally aware.
Prospective students interested in any of the areas of the priority projects listed above, or any of the key themes of the project, are encouraged to contact us.