Communication, environment and conflict

Governance solutions to plastic pollution in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Australia will enter its fifth decade as a signatory to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the wake of a series of disastrous events from bushfires to coral bleaching that significantly impact its natural and cultural heritage. Meanwhile, the centre of global population and trade continues to shift towards the Asia-Pacific, with increasing demand in the region for resources, food, homes and holidays.

In a world profoundly transformed by digital media, attacks on science and circulation of 'fake news' diminish trust in cultural institutions and political decisions, and journalists and campaigners for heritage and wildlife protection are increasingly the subject of violence across many parts of the Asia-Pacific.

Too often, communication – the fundamental way in which knowledge is transmitted and futures negotiated – becomes the means by which communities collide, when what is required is knowledge that bridges physical and social sciences, academic and non-academic cultures, Indigenous knowledge and the understandings of other stakeholders, women and men, young and old, urban and rural, developing and rich nations.

We encourage applicants interested in exploring ways of reducing community and transnational conflict within the context of environmental management.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Libby Lester


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or a Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Libby Lester, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the long title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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