USC International Research Training Program in Australia

  • Phd
  • $28,092 p.a. stipend
  • 1 November 2020
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Mistra Environmental Communication – Reframing Communication for Sustainability is a 4-year international research program (2020-2023) funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra). The program aims to mainstream an advanced and inclusive understanding of environmental communication in research, policy and practice in order to effectively support sustainability transformations. It draws on a transdisciplinary approach that involves researchers from diverse disciplines at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University, Lund University, Borås University, University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Charles University Prague, and University of Texas as well as a wide range of societal actors to harness existing thinking, co-develop new insights and approaches and translate these into communication practice.
The Sustainability Research Centre at USC is leading the work under a theme entitled Science and knowledge co-production within the Mistra program. This work package aims to examine the capability of environmental communication embodied in knowledge co-production to support development, adaptation and implementation of actions in complex and urgent situations and to enable transition towards sustainable futures. With the support of Mistra, the Science and Knowledge Co-production Theme is offering a 3-year vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Sustainability Research Centre, USC. This position will be full-time research students on a fixed term scholarship. The research tasks will involve the implementation of transdisciplinary methodologies and extensive field work in Sweden.
Carbon farming is an emerging approach where landholders transform their land management practices to capture atmospheric CO2 and sequester it as carbon in agricultural soils and vegetation. Owing to its potential to offset the emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) and the provision and other co-benefits, carbon farming is increasingly being considered as an important mechanism to both promote rural livelihoods achieve emission reduction goals in line with the Paris Agreement. Australia has the world’s most well-established carbon farming policy, whereas in Sweden, despite its ambitious climate targets, carbon farming is not acknowledged in any current climate policy framework. In 2019, a pilot Swedish Carbon Sequestration (SCS) platform was established with the objective of attracting landholders, businesses, authorities, scientists and other key stakeholders to collaboratively design and enable a voluntary carbon farming scheme in Sweden. The Mistra Program will collaborate with the SCS platform to facilitate multi-stakeholder learning processes, and thereby providing a window of opportunity to examine the potential of knowledge co-production in supporting sustainability transformations. It is envisaged that the data and research findings emerging from the PhD candidate’s research, will support the development of a serious game system capable of fostering knowledge co-production processes.
To be successful, the applicant must be self-managing, a team player, and able to meet fixed deadlines within a complex environment. The candidate must also be prepared to be based in Uppsala, Sweden for extensive periods and have sound verbal and written skills in both Swedish and English.


Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic
qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students

Selection criteria
  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Masters degree in sustainability or equivalent interdisciplinary subject area.
  • Research publications.
  • Professional research experience.
  • Background in sustainability, environmental governance, natural resources, rural development, geography or the equivalent.
  • Experience with, and understanding of transdisciplinarity and participatory methodologies.
  • Experience with and understanding of serious games is a merit.
  • Sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English


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Research Training Program equivalent stipend ($28,092 pa in 2020) plus USC tuition fees for the duration of the program.


1. Apply for program admission
  • If you are not a current USC HDR student, complete an application for program admission following the directions on the HDR Applicants page

2. Apply for the scholarship:
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