Social licence in onshore lobster aquaculture

Social licence and the development of commercial onshore lobster aquaculture in Australia

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

Scholarship

$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This PhD project will examine how 'social licence' is relevant and can be gained in the development of a commercial onshore lobster aquaculture industry in Australia. The candidate will investigate the enablers and barriers to social licence by undertaking qualitative research on social licence issues and approaches within different Australian commercial onshore aquaculture systems. Through this research, the candidate will develop a framework of commonalities and differences in relation to social licence priorities, drivers and approaches that onshore lobster industry stakeholders need to take into account in developing a robust social licence to operate.

The PhD project will contribute to a set of recommendations and principles that onshore lobster industry stakeholders can utilise to inform decisions on social licence issues, and the use of certification.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Vaughan Higgins

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

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

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

Eligibility

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, A/Prof Vaughan Higgins, 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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