Charles Darwin University are currently seeking an enthusiastic PhD student who wants to quantify the current and future economic impacts of slow onset climate hazards and the costs of adapting to them. Slow onset climate hazards, such as heat waves and sea level rise, already affect many people, particularly in economically vulnerable regions, e.g. in South East Asia, but also in Australia. Yet, most policies are directed at helping those affected by sudden onset hazards like floods or cyclones. Many people are already having to cope with higher daily temperatures and rising sea levels but the adaptation strategies they use are often poorly understood and can often be helped by improved policy. This PhD aims to explore real time adaptation by vulnerable communities and assess what can be done to support people most effectively.
The successful applicant will receive a Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship for 3 years which provides an indexed stipend of $27,596 (2019 rate) per annum. Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave and relocation allowance of up to $2,000.
- Interest in climate change impacts and human adaptation strategies
- Solid knowledge in statistics
- Enjoy exploring data
- Keen to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Must be Australian or have permanent residency
- Have obtained at least Honours 2 division A
Desirable skills (not mandatory):
- Agent-based modelling
- Stated preference methods
- Bayesian modelling
- Mapping (e.g. QGIS)
- Experience using R software