Friday, November 18, 2016

Centre for Mining Restoration – Policy PhD Scholarship, 2017 in Australia

A scholarship opportunity is available to undertake an environmental policy based PhD in the area of restoration of post-mined lands. The PhD research is an important part of the larger ARC Centre for Mining Restoration funded to deliver a suite of integrated and focused research projects underpinning successful mining restoration outcomes.

The PhD, ‘Principles and standards in the practice of ecosystem restoration within the mining sector’ is a unique opportunity to work in the nexus of restoration science and policy, with project description provided below.

Despite the importance of minesite restoration and rehabilitation, the core principles of ecological restoration as outlined in international standards such as the Primer of SER International have not been followed by participants in the mining industry to date, although some exceptional companies strive for high standards. This PhD program will review the degree to which: (a) policy makers use established or emerging principles and standards for deriving restoration benchmarks for setting and evaluating closure criteria; (b) mining companies apply such principles and standards in designing, implementing and adaptively managing their restoration and rehabilitation programs and (c) community expectations and values associated with extractive industry activities.

The research will be supervised by Prof Kingsley Dixon, Dr Tein McDonald and Dr David Kendal

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • International students
  • Australian Permanent Resident
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded

The Centre for Mining Restoration Postgraduate Scholarships provide an annual stipend for up to three years. Successful candidates will receive a stipend of $30,746 p/a tax-free stipend + operating funds.

Eligibility criteria
Students with a relevant Honours or Masters degree, or who can demonstrate equivalence through work experience and/or publication(s). Must be eligible to enrol in a PhD at Curtin University.
Have completed four years of higher education studies at a high level of achievement.
Hold or expect to obtain, First Class Honours or equivalent results.

Be enrolled in or accepted to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research as a full-time student at Curtin.

For further scholarship details and application procedures visit the Centre for Mining Restoration – Policy PhD Scholarship website

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