PhD Scholarship, Re-evaluating Climate Adaptation Principles

Gold Coast, Australia
11 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

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The PhD position will be under Dr Johanna Nalau, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the Cities Research Institute, School of Environment and Sciences at Griffith University based at the Gold Coast campus

The opportunity

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in climate change adaptation theory and principles. The primary focus of this role is to develop a better understanding of how climate adaptation principles (i.e. rules of thumb about adaptation) are used in the process of imagining alternative futures. This project includes working along with a research team and conducting action research that investigates how different methods of engagement, such as backtracking and premortem, can assist people and organisations to use more robust adaptation principles in their decision-making. Success in this role requires collaboration with a range of stakeholders (governments, community groups, private sector), being able to work in a team, and critical thinking regarding the commonly held assumptions about climate change adaptation.

About you

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research in climate change adaptation, innovation, and decision-making processes. You will have evidence of a passion for high-quality impactful research, with a strong desire to undertake research into the core processes that underlie effective climate change adaptation principles and strategies.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with first class honours equivalent or Master's Degree (by research) and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate change adaptation and/or decision-making/cognitive sciences as a major area of previous research.
  • Experience in using qualitative data analysis tools such as NVivo and/or Leximancer desirable

About the scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact:

Dr Johanna Nalau
Phone: (07) 555 27419


For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817

How to apply and closing date


This scholarship will be offered as part of the annual scholarship round. The closing date for International applicants is 17 September 2019. The closing date for Domestic applicants and Griffith University international graduates is 1 October 2019. Please see the Key Dates page for further information.

Applicants should visit the Griffith University website and follow the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, interested applicants should specify the 'Re-evaluating climate adaptation principles for a more resilient Australia scholarship' under 'Other' as the scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.