PhD Scholarship - Sustainable Agriculture


University of Tasmania


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Start Date

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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The University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic PhD candidate to conduct research on the benefits and limits of diversity and diversification in agricultural systems in Australia and internationally.

The PhD candidature runs for a minimum duration of two years and a maximum of four years full- time. The PhD candidate will join the Centre for Agricultural Systems at UTAS and the Global Food and Nutrition Security group at CSIRO and will be supervised by Dr Peat Leith at UTAS, Dr Katharina Waha at CSIRO and Dr Jonathan Ojeda at UTAS. The position is based in Brisbane, Queensland.

The Research Project - diversity in agricultural systems

Ecological and ecosystem theory explains how diversity enhances ecosystem functioning and stability but it is unclear to what extent the same applies to managed agricultural systems. To what extent can the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agricultural systems in Australia and globally benefit from being diverse? In the face of climate change, are more diverse systems more resilient?

The proposed research could include a range of approaches using agricultural, environmental, socio- economic, and institutional and/or governance data. The project will work across multiple scales from household, village, landscape potentially to a global level. Research methods could include statistical modelling, geospatial analysis, pooling and synthesis of secondary research data, literature reviews, institutional analysis and time series analysis. Case studies represent different intensification levels of agricultural systems e.g. extensive and intensive and different strategies for managing them e.g. for profit, for food security, for low environmental impacts with a focus on cropping and mixed crop-livestock systems. Types of diversity studied can include crop diversity, farming diversity, production diversity, agro-ecological diversity and livelihood diversity.

Contact Name

Dr. Katharina Waha

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