UQ / Ecotourism Australia PhD scholarship - Sustainable destinations

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 Tuition 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 3: Sustainable Destinations

The certification of whole destinations as sustainable tourism destinations is a relatively new process which goes beyond the current practice of certifying individual tourism businesses. There are a relatively small number of certified destinations world-wide. Ecotourism Australia has commenced a program to certify whole Destinations, using Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria. The first case in Australia is the Douglas Shire in Far North Queensland. As this is a new process in Australia and world-wide, there is merit in research that can assist its effectiveness. An opportunity exists for studying pre and post destination certification experience for the destination and visitors.

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 (this project)
  • Project 4 - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

View the other three projects.

Further Details

The certification of whole destinations as sustainable tourism destinations is a relatively new process which goes beyond the current practice of certifying individual tourism businesses. There are a relatively small number of certified destinations world-wide. The process of bring together not only tourism businesses but also other businesses, community bodies and individuals in a destination with a common sustainability aim is daunting. It requires the involvement of organising agents such as local government and regional tourism organisations. This is a case where the whole can potentially be more than the sum of the parts in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability outcomes.

Ecotourism Australia has commenced a program to certify whole Destinations, using Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria. The first case in Australia is the Douglas Shire in Far North Queensland. As this is a new process in Australia and world-wide, there is merit in research that can assist its effectiveness. An opportunity exists for studying pre and post destination certification experience for the destination and visitors.

The proposed PhD program will investigate this emerging phenomenon.  Research questions can include:

  1. How has a destination organised to proceed to successful certification, what were the enabling factors, barriers overcome?
  2. Does destination certification spread engagement beyond the tourism industry to engage other businesses, community bodies and individuals?
  3. How can destination certification be evaluated for sustainability outcomes, is the whole more than the sum of the individual parts?
  4. Can a business case be made to destinations and the businesses within them to proceed to certification?

The thesis will be amongst the first studies to focus on sustainable destinations and provide valuable insights into the process for their development.  The use of case studies, such as the Douglas Shire, is likely to be important for this research.  An interdisciplinary approach will also be required to take account of both community organisation processes and sustainability outcomes.

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 ‘UQEA3’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the UQ Business School
  4. enter Dr sally Driml 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

Dr Sally Driml
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.