CCAMLR: Harbinger of Change in the the ATS?

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR): Harbinger of Change in the the Antarctic Treaty System?

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Closing date

18 July 2022



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About the research project

The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CAMLR Convention) was concluded in 1980 and entered into force in 1982 as an integral part of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). The CAMLR Convention established and established a precautionary, science-focused, ecosystem-based approach to management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean to be administered by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). CCAMLR is embedded within the ATS, but is also free standing, with decision-making procedures and actions independent from the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

In its first three decades (1982-2011) CCAMR was a leader in marine resource conservation. In addition to its innovative commitment to a science-based, precautionary, ecosystem-based approach to management, CCAMLR pioneered work on “illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, incidental mortality of seabirds associated with fishing activity, and in the designation and management of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs)”. CCAMLR was also an early adopter of the performance review mechanism and established the world’s first high seas marine protected areas (MPA). The decade 2011-2021 has seen CCAMLR’s core principles and norms being challenged, with increased breakdown in consensus. This project focuses on the extent to which CCAMLR is a harbinger of coming stresses on the ATS.

This project will utilise a qualitative social science multiple-methods approach, including content analysis of policy documents and international treaties and semi-structured interviews with scientists and policy makers following approval from the University of Tasmania Human Research Ethics Committee. It will also utilise proximity to the CCAMLR secretariat in Hobart and access to the Antarctic Treaty Documents Database at the University of Tasmania.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Marcus Haward


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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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:

  • Skills in qualitative social research methods and tools
  • Awareness of appropriate quantitative methods and tools

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, Prof Marcus Haward 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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