Understanding the historical institutional regulations for future water resources management in Australia

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.

Supervisor – Professor Yongping Weiyongping.wei@uq.edu.au

Water resources have been central to Australia’s economic and social history, however, have suffered multiple environmental and socio-economic crises. This project will develop an understanding of the historical dynamics of the institutional regulations on water resources using a combination of computer-based text mining and manual content analysis. It will identify impropriate government regulations which led to over allocation for the economic development in history and support institutional reform for future water resources management. This project will also provide a distinctive reference point for understanding differences between from presettlement and contemporary Australian water resources management.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of natural resources management would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of water governance, natural resource management, environmental sociology, environmental management and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of water governance is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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