Reducing global tourism carbon emissions

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

With over 6 billion vacation trips annually, tourism is a major and fast-growing contributor to climate change. To support a climate-centred tourism policy, this Project aims to construct a world’s first global database that answers three key questions:

  1. If tourism carbon footprint increases in direct proportion to its consumption,
  2. How quickly tourism can decarbonise emissions, and
  3. Can tourism deliver better carbon performance than other sectors?

The outcomes include new theoretical and empirical knowledge about the impacts, drivers, and trade-offs of tourism's carbon emissions. A significant benefit of this Project is to identify mitigation policies that can better balance tourism economic yield and emissions stabilisation.

This project is also in collaboration with the Low Harm Hedonism Initiative, led by ARC Laureate Professor Sara Dolnicar. Further information can be found online.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Ya-Yen Sun

School of Business


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of research methods and experience with resource economics, tourism, or climate change policy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of economics, geography, business studies or tourism and the potential for scholastic success.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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