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PhD Opportunities

Four biosocial PhDs exploring ways of shaping conservation and biodiversity practices in Australia’s capital and beyond…

 


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1. Exploring pathways to rewilding
How is rewilding being conceptualised, debated, enacted and vindicated?
In the midst of a global biodiversity crises, this project will compare models and applications of rewilding – and other relevant restoration work – in different geographical and cultural contexts. It will explore how distinct conservation knowledges (indigenous and non-indigenous) and cultural practices might inform the creation and/or management of wild infrastructures. Advert

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2. Wellbeing and participatory conservation
How does participatory conservation work affect wellbeing?
In an era when climate change, social inequality and mental illness are becoming more marked, this project explores how certain agencies and communities are using nature encounters for transformative, rehabilitative and therapeutic purposes. It will analyse the meanings and implications of these programs and practices for various social groups, and evaluate what potentials a deeper connection to land and nature might foster. Advert

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3. Public Reasoning and Social Licence for Ecosystem Futures
What risks can we take for ecosystem conservation?
This project will focus on how publics and experts can reason together to imagine and support novel biodiversity conservation strategies. It will develop forms of public engagement to test social licence for a range of interventions including culling, reintroduction of species and the use of gene technologies.Advert

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Bringing Back Biodiversity to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary:
How do conservationists and diverse publics cultivate shared and competing ecological visions through image circulation?
This project will explore photo-sharing and social media practices from Mulligans Flat and other nature sites to understand how future-nature imaginaries stabilise around particular topics, places, animals, plants, and times, and how nature simulations either heighten or reduce the significance of ecological and political ‘caring’. It will use visual content analysis and ethnography to map the flows of images of animals, plants and terrains amongst educators, sanctuary managers, guides, visitors, locals and others, and to perceive their impacts and effects. Advert

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