Evaluating the commercial viability of IMTA

Closing Date

29th May 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Expansion of the salmon industry in Tasmania, and worldwide, will require employment of a range of production approaches. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), one such approach, seeks to balance the nutrient inputs from finfish farming with extractive aquaculture operations such as shellfish and seaweed farming. This project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research project focused on sustainable aquaculture development and ecosystem management.

This project seeks to provide an understanding of the commercial risks/ liabilities associated with IMTA and any regionally specific incentives that might either promote or diminish the value of IMTA as a more sustainable aquaculture production model. It will examine the environmental/economic/social/governance sustainability benefits of IMTA and how they relate to production regions. The overarching aim of this project is to obtain a clearer and more comprehensive (holistic) evaluation of the benefits and detriments of an IMTA model of aquaculture production, and to provide guidance as to what might constitute "best practice" for IMTA.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Human Geography
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in Human Geography, Natural Resource Management, Social Sciences or Environmental Science

See the following web page for entry requirements: http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Economic analysis skills
  • Experience in applied research, working with industry or natural resource management
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Karen Alexander for further information.