PhD opportunity - environmental and economic accounting

Fri, 25 Aug 2017
We are offering a terrific opportunity for a student interested in environmental and economic accounting to undertake a PhD program at the Australian National University.

The successful candidate will work on assembling Environmental and Economic Accounts under the SEEA (System of Environmental-Economic Accounting) framework. The SEEA is a framework for environmental accounting developed by the UN and other international organisations, and its use is substantially expanding both in Australia and worldwide. The research will be multi-scaled from the farm level to the landscape level, and will seek to encompass accounts of key natural assets including water, carbon, biodiversity, and livestock production. The PhD project will identify a specific research topic within this broad research field.

The PhD program will be supervised by Professor David Lindenmayer, Dr Heather Keith and Dr Rachel Morgain at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Professor Lindenmayer’s group includes some of the Australia’s leading ecologists and conservation scientists. Research within the group addresses a diverse range of topics, and past PhD graduates have a strong record of employment in academic, government and NGO sectors.

The candidate will be offered a PhD supplementary stipend of AUD$6,000 p.a. additional to their PhD scholarship stipend from other sources. Funding of $4,000 p.a. is also available for program expenses. The supplementary stipend will be offered for three years with a possible six month extension.

Candidate requirements

The candidate will need to have very well developed numeracy and literacy skills, a strong background in environmental science, agriculture, hydrology, economics or related discipline, with an interest in environmental economics, accounting and natural assets. Some knowledge of rural industries would be an advantage.

A bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or a research master’s degree from a recognised university is a prerequisite. Peer-reviewed publications are an advantage. Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate’s research proposal.

Domestic students must obtain and maintain a PhD scholarship stipend at The Australian National University (2017 rate: AU$26,682 p.a. tax free; see below). International students must hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Candidates would be expected to commence their doctoral programs in early 2018.

Application process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor David Lindenmayer to discuss potential projects. Applicants must submit a CV and a one page statement of possible research directions to him by 28 August 2017 for international students or 15 October 2017 for domestic students. Please email or call 02 6125 0654.

Closing dates

The closing dates for applications for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University are: International - 31 August 2017; Domestic - 31 October 2017. See
here for AGRTP Scholarship information. Queries regarding scholarship matters can be directed to Amy Chen .

Research at The Australian National University

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top-ranked institution in Australia for environmental research. The Fenner School of Environment and Society has a large, dynamic community of PhD students who are provided with high quality office facilities, computer and statistical support, and access to field equipment, laboratory facilities and a fleet of 4WD vehicles. Students are encouraged to collaborate widely and attend national and international conferences.

More information about the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub

The NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub is supported by funding through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), and matched by contributions from 10 of the country’s leading academic institutions and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

The Hub works closely with more than two-dozen collaborating organisations, including management agencies and conservation groups, to ensure its research has an on-ground impact in threatened species management. It brings together leading ecological experts to work on the outlook for Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities by:
  • Developing better, more efficient responses to threats
  • Testing novel strategies for rescuing species on the brink
  • Developing strategies to provide an early warning about extinction risk
  • Ensuring the best tools and most up-to-date information to monitor conservation status
  • Involving communities in threatened species conservation and sharing the benefits of healthy ecosystems.

Top image: Dave Blair/ANU
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