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Graduate Research School Available Projects Governance of reef restoration and adaptation and social perception of risk.

Governance of reef restoration and adaptation and social perception of risk.

Title of Project

Governance of reef restoration and adaptation and social perception of risk.

Advisor/s

Dr Maxine Newlands

College or Research Centre

College of Arts, Society & Education

Summary of Project

This project will examine decision-making cultures and alternative governance models for managing large scale risks in order to identify design principles and an evaluation framework to monitor and evaluate decision-making. The PhD scholar will join a multi-institutional team of social scientists from CSIRO, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland contributing to the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram. RRAP is believed to be the world’s largest research and development program dedicated to helping a major ecosystem survive climate change. The Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram aims to facilitate the design and implementation of best-practice, place-based, engagement opportunities for Reef Traditional Owners, communities and stakeholders while, at the same time, building understanding of public perceptions of reef restoration and adaptation, the distribution of risks and benefits arising from intervention R&D and implementation, and opportunities to deliver positive community and stakeholder impacts.

Key Words

political sociology; governance; deliberative theory; climate adaption; risk

Would suit an applicant who

Has a Masters, Honours degree or equivalent in the social sciences and motivation to make a meaningful differences to communities and ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef.

Updated: 08 Sep 2020