The University of Queensland
and Ecotourism Australia
PhD scholarships

Undertake research relevant to best practice management of ecotourism

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.

Four PhD scholarships available

Four scholarships are currently available with three available to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens and the other scholarships available to an international or domestic student. Prosepctive students are invited to apply for their preferred project as advertised. Prospective students may also indicate if they wish to be considered for any other of the four projects. Consideration will be given to Australian domestic students and international students. Each successful student will work on one of the projects below.

Scholarship value

The scholarship offers a living stipend of $27,596 per annum. It also includes tuition fees and, for successful international applicants, Overseas Student Health Cover.

Important dates

Applications close: 25 August 2019
Successful applicants notified: 9 October 2019
Successful applicants commence: January or April 2020

View eligibility 

Tourism is rapidly growing and can put pressure on natural resources in a destination. In Australia, government agencies have developed programs to encourage investment in national parks. This PhD project will investigate community attitudes toward tourism in natural areas and what factors may influence a ‘social license’ to operate.
As global tourism arrivals increase the impacts of tourism are being felt in a number of tourism destinations including European Cities and island destinations. This PhD project will investigate overtourism especially in natural environment areas, including the factors that cause it and will provide recommendations to address it.
The certification of whole destinations as sustainable tourism destinations is a relatively new process both in Australia and world-wide which goes beyond the current practice of certifying individual tourism businesses. This PhD project will investigate the pre and post destination certification experience for the destination and visitors to assist its effectiveness.
The tourism industry accepts a need to transition to a low carbon future and to play its part in this global challenge. Working with the Douglas Shire and Ecobiz Qld, this PhD project will investigate effective models to transition tourism in a destination to a low carbon future, that can be replicated and implemented in other businesses and destinations.