UQ / Ecotourism Australia PhD scholarship - Low carbon future

Summary

Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Economics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 1 August 2019
Closing date 25 August 2019

Scholarship description

The University of Queensland is partnering with Ecotourism Australia to offer PhD scholarships to undertake research that is relevant to the continual development of best practice management of ecotourism. Supervision will be provided by UQ academics with input from Ecotourism Australia experts.

Project 4: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

The tourism industry accepts a need to transition to a low carbon future and to play its part in this global challenge. Recent research shows that tourism is not a low carbon industry as previously widely believed. Ecotourism Australia has been working with businesses in the Douglas Shire and Ecobiz Queensland to implement the mechanisms to assist the tourism industry transition to a low carbon future in that destination. In particular, over 80 businesses in the Douglas Shire are now using the tool developed by the CRC for Low Carbon Living and data is being produced as a result. Recognising this potentially complex system, Ecotourism Australia wishes to develop an effective model to transition tourism in a destination to a low carbon future, that can be replicated and implemented in other businesses and destinations.

There are four PhD projects available through UQ’s partnership with Ecotourism Australia.

  • Project 1 - Social Licence to Operate Commercial Activities in Protected Areas
  • Project 2 - Overtourism in natural environment areas
  • Project 3 - Sustainable Destinations
  • Project 4 - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future (this project)

View the other three projects.

Further detials

The tourism industry accepts a need to transition to a low carbon future and to play its part in this global challenge. Recent research shows that tourism is not a low carbon industry as previously widely believed. A major contributor is air travel, but emissions also arise from local transport and supply chain inputs to goods and services consumed by tourists. This complex system means there is not one single action, but multiple actions, to be taken by businesses and communities that wish to transition to low carbon operation.

Ecotourism Australia has been working with businesses in the Douglas Shire and Ecobiz Queensland to implement the mechanisms to assist the tourism industry transition to a low carbon future in that destination. In particular, over 80 businesses in the Douglas Shire are now using the tool developed by the CRC for Low Carbon Living and data is being produced as a result. This flow of data provides the opportunity to benchmark business emissions and emission reduction. Emission reduction can be combined with offsets to further reduce net carbon emissions. A local offset program has been developed in the Douglas Shire to sequester carbon, which also has other environmental and possibly social benefits. Further drivers may be programs such as that of Qantas to provide carbon neutral holidays.

Recognising this potentially complex system, EA wishes to develop an effective model to combine all these opportunities to transition to a low carbon future, that can be replicated and implemented in other businesses and destinations.

The proposed PhD program will evaluate approaches and how they fit together.  Research questions can include:

  1. What can be learned from the data being produced by businesses implementing the low carbon future tool?
  2. What benchmarks can be established for low carbon tourism businesses?
  3. What are the most effective components of a low carbon system and is there a most effective staging process to roll out elements?
  4. What are the pressure points that limit transition to other businesses and across a whole destination?
  5. Is there a relationship between the uptake of carbon offsets if they are applied locally and transparently?

The thesis will provide recommendations for a model that can be transferred to other businesses and destinations. The use of data from the use of the low carbon living tool will be important for this research. An interdisciplinary approach will also be required to take account of both technical issues in reducing carbon emissions and the factors that influence uptake by businesses and destinations.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

Please fill in the application for your preferred project of the four projects offered. You may also indicate in your statement (see below) if you wish to be considered for any other of the four projects. To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘UQEA4’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the UQ Business School
  4. enter Professor Sara Dolnicar as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Prospective students must meet the eligibility criteria for undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland.

The Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Selection Criteria

  1. Statement of up to 100 words on why the preferred project is of interest and the applicant’s suitability to study that topic. Please add another 100 word statement for each of the other projects for which you wish to be considered
  2. Evidence of academic achievement and referees’ reports, as per UQ requirements (above).
  3. Ability of the applicant to take up the offer by Research Quarter 1 2020, depending on visa processing times.
Applications are closed.

Contact

Professor Sara Dolnicar
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.