Land use metrics in carbon accounting

How might land use best be included in agricultural GHG accounting

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The WRI is reviewing its GHG Protocol carbon accounting methods including, for the first time consideration for land occupancy and carbon opportunity costs for agriculture. These are in the early stage of development. This project aims to contribute to the development of these measures. It could include such questions as:

  • What are the potential ways land use could be included in the land occupancy metric, and their merits and drawbacks?
  • Which approach produces the best GHG outcomes and how much difference does it make?
  • What data sources are needed, and how can these needs be met in a timely, accessible and affordable way?
  • Which sectors have the potential to make the most difference, and what are the highest priority management changes?

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Rowan Eisner


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

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • 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.


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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Carbon accounting for agriculture
  • Natural resource management
  • Scientific writing

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Rowan Eisner to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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