Private land conservation design

Aligning private land conservation programs with national protect, conserve, and manage objectives

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

The UN CBD Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework outlines key goals and targets that specifically acknowledge the importance of protecting, conserving, and managing land and water effectively. To this end, Other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs or often termed ‘conserved areas’), will contribute to meeting protected and conserved area targets of 30% of land and sea by 2030. Given the distribution of biodiversity across tenures, OECMs on private lands are critical to achieving conservation targets that deliver meaningful outcomes for biodiversity.

This PhD will explore the types of private land conservation programs currently available in Australia and the extent to which they align with OECM criteria. Social science and behavioural psychology approaches will be employed to explore with private land holders existing barriers to meeting particular conservation and management criteria (e.g. duration of program or land management requirements). The team will work with project partners to improve program designs to deliver social and environmental benefits to private land conservation participants.

This research is part of a broader National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Resilient Landscapes hub research program and will be co-supervised by hub researchers including Dr Vanessa Adams (UTAS), Dr Victoria Graham(UTAS), and Dr Diane Jarvis (JCU).

Primary Supervisor

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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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Vanessa Adams to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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