Opportunities

The Sustainable Landscapes Group works at a range of spatial scales using a variety of approaches including collecting empirical field data, modelling to understand and predict impacts, and assessing decisions, monitoring requirements and realistic policy options. We work mainly on the following broad themes:

  • Landscape ecology &ecosystem services

  • Environmental decision-making & policy

  • Monitoring & value of information

 

If you are interested in working with the group please contact j.rhodes@uq.edu.au

 

Please see the University of Queensland Graduate School for information on postgraduate research degrees, including how to apply for admission and scholarships.

Available Projects: 

Environmental offsets have become a dominant policy tool for compensating for the environmental impacts of development. There has been considerable attention paid to understanding the environmental consequences of alternative offset policy settings. However, the economic consequences of offset policy settings have been largely ignored. As a consequence, we understand very little about the trade-offs that occur in environmental offsetting. Examples of these trade-offs include trade-offs between economic costs and environmental benefits, and trade-offs between different types of environmental benefits (including ecosystem services) and the equity in the distribution of those benefits and costs.

This PhD project will aim to explore the complex trade-offs that occur in environmental offsetting using an existing modelling framework that we have developed. The modelling framework has been developed for South-East Queensland, Australia but could be extended to other areas and for multiple ecosystem services. The outputs of the project will include making important policy contributions to the offset debate and have the potential to influence how future environmental offsets are developed.

The ideal student will have quantitative modelling skills (or the ability and interest to learn these skills) and interests in environmental policy, environmental economics, biodiversity conservation, or ecosystem services. This project is a collaborative project between the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth and the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane and the successful student could be based in either of these locations. Prior to beginning the PhD the successful student must also obtain a postgraduate scholarship (or equivalent) from either the University of Western Australia (http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/futurestudents/postgrad) or the University of Queensland (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships).