PhD Proposal: The Antarctic Environment and Climate Change: Governance Intersections and Challenges
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
The Antarctic is exceptional: It is isolated, but connected by air and water to the rest of the world; it is a huge (14 million km2) continent almost completely covered in up to 4 km of ice and surrounded by water that increases the Antarctic's winter size to around 20 million km2; it has novel organisms living on the edge of survival; it is attractive to scientists and tourists and fishers; and it is owned by no one country, although 7 have made claims to Antarctic territory. These exceptional features also represent Antarctic vulnerabilities, and coupled with impact from in situ and ex situ human activities, provide the focus for this project.
The PhD project will draw upon the renowned strengths of the Faculty of Law and IMAS as leading international centres in the study of the environment, climate change, Antarctic and oceans law and governance. It will interest candidates from disciplines such as Law and International Relations who are planning careers in international environmental affairs, working in government, United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and academia.
The supervision team for this PhD research will be led by (i) Dr Jeffrey McGee, Senior Lecturer in Climate Change/Marine/Antarctic Law from the Faculty of Law and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and; (ii) Dr Julia Jabour, Senior Lecturer in Antarctic Law and Governance, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
The PhD experience will be based in the unique city of Hobart, Tasmania, an international centre for oceans and Antarctic research and a leading place for environmental law research and teaching within Australia. Hobart is the home of the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Division; the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australian and French polar programs; and the Secretariats for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. Hobart is also the capital of Tasmania, home to a world-class art museum, centre of a flourishing local gourmet food culture and gateway to world heritage listed national parks in Southern Tasmania.
Interested students may apply for University of Tasmania competitive research scholarships (i.e. Australia Postgraduate Award and/or Tasmanian Graduate Research Scholarships). Further information is available on domestic and international scholarships.
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Dr Jeff McGee Jeffrey.McGee@utas.edu.au | +61 3 62267564
Dr Julia Jabour Julia.Jabour@utas.edu.au | + 61 3 6226 2978