New Research Associate and PhD positions available at AUSCCER

A part-time fixed-term Research Associate position, and a fully funded 3 year PhD scholarship ($AU25,392 per year), are available through the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong.

These positions are funded under an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant awarded to Professor Lesley Head, Dr Natascha Klocker, Professor Gordon Waitt and Professor Heather Goodall. The project is entitled ‘Sustainability and climate change adaptation: unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity’.

The Research Associate position is 0.6FTE for 20 months (with an anticipated start date of August 2014). The successful applicant will work with the chief investigators to explore how ethnic diversity contributes to knowledge and practices around sustainability and climate change adaptation in Australia. The project seeks to foreground the diverse skills, practices and knowledges that shape Indigenous and migrant engagements with, and understandings of, diverse Australian environments. Further information on this position, including a full position description and essential knowledge and skills, is available at: The appointment will be at Level A, with a salary scale between $62,063 – $80,725 pro rata. The closing date for applications is April 13th 2014, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on April 23rd 2014.

The PhD project is entitled ‘Exploring the environmental knowledges and practices of migrant food growers in urban and peri-urban NSW’. The successful candidate will examine the diverse food growing practices of migrants across formal and informal spaces in Sydney and the Illawarra including market gardens, community gardens, backyards and public spaces. The project will consider how migrants’ diverse environmental knowledges, experiences in countries of origin, understandings of Australian environments and perceptions of climate change inform their food growing practices. The PhD student will be responsible for conducting research with migrant food growers using a range of qualitative social scientific fieldwork methods. Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates with a First Class Honours Degree, and/or a Masters by Research degree in human geography, environmental social science, anthropology or related disciplines. The closing date for applications is May 30th 2014.Further details about the PhD project and the application process are available here. 

For further information contact Professor Lesley Head:

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