Political Leadership in IOM

Political Leadership in Integrated Ocean Management in Australia and Canada

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International


$31,500pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Political factors like political will and leadership, and political positioning by interested stakeholders can inhibit the transition for governments to integrated oceans management (IOM). Little is known about how to work with these political factors to achieve integrative capacity. This PhD project will examine and compare the influence of political leadership in Australia and Canada. The candidate will investigate how politics shapes policy integration through institutional architecture, policy design and the broader policy process.

The candidate will undertake empirical and qualitative research to assess which political factors facilitate or hinder the implementation of IOM. This PhD project will contribute to a set of recommendations that Australian and Canadian governments can utilise to strengthen integrative capacity and governance for the transition to IOM.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Joanna Vince


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend funded by ARC of $31,500 per annum (2023 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)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to applications from public policy, political science, and/or marine social science discipline background only
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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 Dr Joanna Vince 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 27 March 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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