3 PhD scholarships di Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on 1 March 2012.
Applications will be considered by the project Principle, Dr Andrew McGregor, in consultation with the international panel who will be involved in this research. Candidates are encouraged to start in April 2012 however a later date may be negotiated.
New PhD applicants should carefully read all application instructions, ‘Notes to Applicants’ and accompanying information available at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/applying.aspx
. Applicants should then download and complete the form ‘Application for PhD Admission and Victoria Scholarships’ and relevant accompanying forms. Clearly indicate that you wish to apply for one of the three scholarships in the political ecology of forest protection. If you have a preference for one of the three research themes, or would like to be considered for all three, please indicate this as well. Tailor your written ‘Expression of Research Interests’ accordingly.
Three scholarships, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, are available for PhD study in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand.
The aim of this research is to explore how the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) programme is reshaping the politics and economics of forest management in Indonesia. REDD+ seeks to prevent the release of carbon stored in forests by developing financing mechanisms that can provide incentives to slow or stop deforestation and forest degradation, and promote sustainable forest management. The programme has attracted widespread interest from private, public and non-government sectors and is expected to eventually generate US$30 billion annually. With Indonesia having the second highest rate of deforestation in the world, and deforestation being the second highest contributor of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, there is an urgent need to better understand the impacts this new form of conservation is having upon forest politics, economies and livelihoods.
The successful candidates will be responsible for developing a proposal related to one of the following three research themes:
- The power and politics of REDD+. This theme approaches REDD+ as a new form of power and knowledge that is reshaping forest politics. It traces the genealogy of the programme in Indonesia and focuses on the strategies the new REDD+ networks and institutions are adopting to implement, influence or resist the programme. The project draws from ideas in post-structural political ecology, eco-governmentality, biopower and environmental discourse analysis.
- The economic costs and benefits of REDD+. This second theme approaches REDD+ and associated carbon offsets through a global commodity chain analysis. It seeks to understand how carbon offsets are created, traded and consumed across global networks of actors, and what the implications are for various stakeholders, such as forest-dependent communities and purchasers of REDD+ offsets. The project draws from ideas in political ecology, global commodity chain analysis and ecological economics.
- Impacts and agency of forest-dependent communities. The third project focuses on the participation of forest communities, seeking to understand how they are responding to the new opportunities associated with the programme. It explores the triggers and barriers that are shaping who and how people are choosing to engage. The project draws from ideas in political ecology, participatory research methdologies, and ecological economics.
Students will be based at Victoria University of Wellington where they will receive support from a multidisciplinary international research team.
The successful applicants should have an outstanding academic track record in a relevant discipline. The applicants will be expected to have completed a Bachelor’s and preferably a Master’s degree with academic distinction equivalent to a First Class Honours degree at a New Zealand University. The positions are open to both New Zealand and international students. Students whose first language is not English are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements for postgraduate study at Victoria University. Victoria’s English language requirements are strict and not negotiable. Applicants whose first language is not English, must provide evidence of English proficiency before they can be accepted as a PhD candidate. Requirements are:
· TOEFL 575 with (preferably) a TWE of 5, or 237 on the computer-based test; or 90 on the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; or
· IELTS overall band of 6.5, no sub-score below 6; or
· CAE grade B; or
· a minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test.
Successful applicants should have research interests and training in one or more of the following areas (or their equivalent):
· Political ecology
· Human geography
· Ecological economics
· Development studies
· Environmental geography / environmental studies
Applicants should also:
· Have skills in Bahasa Indonesia or a willingness to learn the language
· Be prepared to conduct field research in Indonesia over extended periods
· Be prepared to work with an international team and participate in regular team meetings at Victoria and internationally.
The Scholarships will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$25,000 pa, tuition fees, and research expenses directly related to the project.
The Scholarship will be held for up to three years.
Associate Professor Luca Tacconi
Director, Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance
Crawford School of Economics and Government
Fellow, Research School of Asia and the Pacific
College of Asia and the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building (Blg 132)
The Australian National University
Canberra 0200 ACT Australia
Ph: +61 (0)2 6125 7554
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