Exploring the impacts of population shifts, increased urbanisation, and seasonal variation on coastal communities and ecosystems
Scholarship value: $30,000 per year stipend to support living costs and a Research Training Program (RTP) fee scholarship valued at $26,700 per annum.
Project support: $2000 per year
Scholarship application form and project details: Barwon Coast Committee of Management Scholarship Application
FedUni's Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) has partnered with Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc. to develop a study that will seek to further the recognised link between community and environment.
Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc (BCCM) manages, on behalf of the Victorian State Government, significant beaches, foreshores and open public spaces around Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove; with Ocean Grove recognised as one of the busiest ocean beaches in the state.
CeRDI focuses on multidisciplinary research in the application of advanced information and communications technology (ICT) to bring about digital transformations and practice change, together with enhancements in effectiveness and productivity in industry, government and academia.
This project would seek to build a knowledge base around the social and ecosystem factors defining coastal environments and the correlation of these to coastal management and eco-protection challenges. Building on an existing research partnership between the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI), and the Barwon Coastal Management Committee, the research will consolidate complex and disparate views on coastal use and management available through baseline data captured within this partnership during early 2018.
The successful candidate will be required to participate in an industry placement with Barwon Coast Committee of Management during their candidature.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Angela Murphy
Angela has had a 30 year career in the community based sector across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria. She has extensive practice experience in a range of portfolio areas including Child Protection, the juvenile and adult justice system, disability services and community support.
Associate Supervisor: Dr Birgita Hansen
Birgita's research to date has focused on understanding the ecological response of birds to modification of their habitat, which has included studies into riparian restoration in agricultural landscapes and waterbird monitoring at local and continental scales.
Industry Supervisor: Gary McPike, Barwon Coast Committee of Management
How to apply:
Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Barwon Coast Industry scholarship.
Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date, Friday 29th June. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:
- Barwon Coast Committee of Management Scholarship Application form
- Application for Admission Form
- Transcripts of all tertiary level academic study
- Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport
- Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport
- List of published work with url links and/or copy of each publication
- Copy of honours or masters thesis abstract
- Evidence for Australian honours equivalency, if applicable.
- Any awards or accolades
- Any other evidence of research performance