Call for interest in a rural natural resource management session for IAG 2015

The Institute of Australia Geography 2015 conference organisers are calling for session proposals. We are looking to provide a forum for environmental geographers and others working on natural resource and environmental management in rural areas, but we need your interest to put the session up! Our proposed session outline is below. If you are interested, please send us your paper titles as detailed below.

Natural resource management, land use change, and governance in peri-urban and high amenity rural areas: Taking stock.

Shaun McKiernan and Nicholas Gill, University of Wollongong

In 2012 Abrams et al reviewed the environmental implications of amenity migration to rural areas, concluding that it ‘is perhaps best conceptualised as a redistribution of (variably-defined) environmental harms and benefits at multiple scales, due to….[the] consequences of the uneven processes of recreating rural places’. Continue reading

Invasive plants PhD Scholarship at AUSCCER

PhD scholarship – Mobile ecologies, complex landscapes: Cultural environmental research to understand and enhance invasive plant management in high amenity rural areas

$AUS24653 per year (3 years max)

 A fully funded PhD scholarship worth $AUS24,653 per year for three years is available in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research  in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Wollongong on a project entitled: “Mobile ecologies, complex landscapes: Cultural environmental research to understand and enhance invasive plant management in high amenity rural areas”.

 This project is funded by a Discovery grant from the Australian Research Council to Dr Nicholas Gill and Dr Laurie Chisholm. The successful applicant will be required to enrol as soon as possible.

 The project is to examine management and governance of invasive plants in high amenity rural areas in Australia characterised by diverse landowners (e.g. farmers, lifestylers) and land uses. The successful student will be responsible for research with landholders including use of contemporary qualitative fieldwork methods such as participant mapping and interviews, and/or a survey. The project aims to integrate this social data with remotely sensed and other spatial data and applicants should be willing to embrace the challenges this will entail. Funds are available to support research and field expenses as well as conference attendance.

 Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates with at least an Honours degree Second Class, Division One, and/or a Masters by Research degree in human geography, rural geography/sociology/anthropology, natural resource management, environmental social science or related disciplines. Applicants will need to demonstrate research training such as evident in a substantial thesis characterised by primary research.

 Applicants should initially submit a letter outlining their suitability for this research and the nature of their research training and any thesis completed as part of their study so far, a CV, and academic transcripts for all degrees.

 Send these documents to Dr Nicholas Gill at the email address below. Due to the Australian summer break receipt will not be acknowledged until after 20/1/13.

 The successful applicant will be enrolled in to a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Wollongong.

 The scholarship is open to Australian and International applicants.

 For further information about the project, please contact Dr Nicholas Gill, School of Earth and Environmental Science and Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia, Ph: +61 2 4221 4165,

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