Resilience to Hazards

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PhD: Mulga management and governance

Supervisors:

A) Professor Jeremy Russell-Smith  B) Dr Neil Burrows Charles Darwin University

This project will examine the nexus between community and project governance, logistics and workforce mobilisation in the remote desert communities of central and western Australia.  The project will provide the knowledge and advice required to operationalise technical information derived from the core Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project into management of fire in the mulga lands for sustainable livelihoods.  Large parts of the central Australian deserts have been unable to generate income in the modern economy, with the exception of capital intensive mining and energy projects.   While these projects have the capacity to generate incomes through royalties and jobs, they have tended have limited (positive) impact on the widely distributed remote communities in the region.  Efforts by mining companies to establish large local workforces have regularly failed to hit quotas due to cultural dissonance and LLN issues, among others.  The Mulga fire project develop technical solutions to the issue of management of large areas of rangeland for fire and biodiversity, indicating the physical pathways that might be adopted to generate ongoing income streams that utilise skills and conduct tasks more in keeping with traditional aboriginal skill sets.  This PhD will review the current state of knowledge of Aboriginal organisational governance and research the most appropriate mechanisms to provide a sustainable culturally relevant human infrastructure to underpin landscape scale mulga land fire and ecosystem management. 

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Lyndsey Wright

Contract Research and Education Manager, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Phone: 03 9412 9600
Email: lyndsey.wright@bnhcrc.com.au

Level 5 / 340 Albert Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Postgraduate Scholarships Application Process

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC postgraduate scholarships are available for students pursuing research higher degrees in the bushfire research fields, in line with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects.

Both Full and Top Up scholarships and project support funding are available for outstanding students, with preference given to the provision of top up scholarships.

Current funding amounts are:

  • Full Scholarships of up to $28,000 per annum for three and a half years.
  • Top Up scholarships of $10,000 per annum for three and a half years to holders of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University Research Scholarships.

Bushfire & Natural Hazard CRC Scholarship Application Kit

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