PhD Top Up in Sociology

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
14 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs covering the fields of Geography, Environmental Management and Planning. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate programs including a professionally accredited Bachelors degree in Regional and Town Planning, a Bachelors of Environmental Management and Bachelor's degrees in Arts and Science. It also offers a suite of Masters degrees by coursework, including the Master or Urban and Regional Planning, the Master of Development Planning and the Master of Geography Information Science. Approximately 100 students are presently enrolled in the School's PhD program. The School has a strong research profile, enjoys an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants, a solid record of high quality publications and a strong international research profile.

The Project

The PhD will be part of an ARC Linkage project that aims to develop a novel, integrated socio-ecological approach for connecting landscape and communities for the recovery of threatened koala populations in New South Wales Far North Coast. The Linkage project will provide a greater understanding of how local landholders and land managers respond to koala recovery programs and what factors motivate them to respond positively and become engaged for the long-term. A key outcome of the project will be to provide a framework to integrate social and ecological values that can help to prioritise investment for species recovery. The research team is headed by Professor Clive McAlpine. The PhD project will be instrumental in developing an understanding of the social values that will make up this framework.

The Role

The successful appointee will conduct fieldwork-based research in the far north coast of New South Wales seeking to understand location-specific community willingness to engage in koala conservation and recovery programs. The research will involve quantitative methods (e.g., surveys) that assess values, attitudes, and place-specific preferences towards koalas and recovery actions.

The Person

Applicants will have an excellent academic track record with 1st class honours or Master's Degree (with Research) in a social science discipline (e.g., sociology), psychology, social geography or a related discipline. Experience in quantitative research methodology is essential. The successful candidate must be willing to travel to undertake field work and possess excellent communication skills. Both domestic and overseas applicants will be considered provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission of The University of Queensland and demonstrate excellent research capacity. For overseas applications, valid English language proficiency test results must meet the University requirements for admission.


We offer a scholarship of $5,000 per annum for three years to top-up an existing scholarship. The candidate needs to already have successfully obtained or will obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), or other postgraduate scholarship.  For information on Admission requirements and how to apply for The University of Queensland research program see:

Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Please send your CV, full academic track record and a 2 page maximum synopsis of your research experience via email to Associate Professor Kelly Fielding ( or Professor Clive McAlpine (

For information on PhD application procedures at The University of Queensland please visit the website at