Identifying solutions-based approaches to debris accumulation on remote islands

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

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

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Significant quantities of plastic debris pollute nearly all the world’s ecosystems, where it persists for decades. Much of the focus has been on the considerable threat posed to flora and fauna, with little information on techniques to mitigate harm to tourism or other industries, particularly on remote islands where debris often accumulates.

The PhD candidate will investigate examples of successful waste mitigation, and oceanographic factors influencing debris accumulation rates, and new development/tourisms opportunities that will enable remote island communities to manage and adapt to changing conditions. The candidate will benefit from existing stakeholder and community networks to identify and prioritise mitigation options while being supported by a diverse supervisory team.

  • First-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in environmental science
  • High level oral and written communication skills including at least one publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Experience in applied research, working with the community, government, or in natural resource management
  • Detailed knowledge of oceanography or engineering systems
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant work experience, and referee’s reports

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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, Jennifer Lavers for further information.