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The contribution of whale, dolphin, great white shark and seal-based recreation and tourism to regional economies

A top-up for a PhD scholarship is available to investigate the contribution of whale, dolphin, great white shark and seal-based recreation and tourism to regional economies. The role of key species in regional development is poorly understood.  Using the Great Australian Bight and Spencer Gulf as a case study, the successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to push knowledge frontiers about the contribution that natural capital make to regional economies, particularly the tourism and recreation sectors.  The study may include developing approaches that could be used in assessing potential impacts. Valuation and other methodologies to be used can be considered by the successful applicant.  Some survey work is expected.

The top-up is available for Australian Postgraduate Award or Divisional (PhD) scholarships of $15,000 per annum (for 3 years), with $10,000 to augment the PhD. scholarship and $5,000 for operating.

The PhD candidate will be based at the University of Adelaide and supervised by researchers at the University of Adelaide. The successful applicant will enroll in a PhD program at the University of Adelaide and work as part of the multi-institution team, participating in field and laboratory research programs on socio-economic analysis.

The successful applicant will be required to enter into a formal agreement setting out the specific terms and conditions governing their participation in the GAB Research Program.  For more details on these terms and conditions please contact A/Prof Tim Ward, Research Director GAB Research Program, SARDI: tim.ward@sa.gov.au, (08) 8207 5433.

For more information on the research theme and details of how to apply for the scholarship please contact Dr Steve Whetton: steve.whetton@adelaide.edu.au, 08 8313 4663.