Southeast Asian Environmental History PhD Scholarship

Expressions of interest are sought for a fully funded three year PhD scholarship at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, in association with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant ‘Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World’, anchored at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University.


The successful applicant will join a team of scholars led by Emeritus Professor James Warren and focusing on the Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific regions. Investigations centre upon periods of acute environmental crisis, variously characterized by natural disasters, epidemic disease, socio-economic instability, and migration, bondage, and mass mortality. Within this framework, researchers will investigate current and traditional perceptions of environmental risk and risk management, explore past-to-present patterns to the human and environmental dimensions of crisis, and apply the results of historical research to enhance environmental risk and governance protocols. This groundbreaking initiative is not limited to the discipline of history, involving geography, anthropology, and the environmental sciences.

Applications are invited for candidates with similar or complementary research interests.

The successful candidate will be based at the Asia Research Centre and School of Arts, Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. The Asia Research Centre has a strong track record of innovative research in the social and environmental history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean World, and offers a supportive and collegial environment to postgraduate students.

Value$27,082, fees for international students only, plus some additional funding for archival research and fieldwork.
Requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship you must have the following qualifications:

  • A first-class Honours or Masters degree with a thesis component in a relevant historical or related social science field;
  • Archival and/or fieldwork experience;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Apply by1 September 2018
To apply

Please send a current CV and completed thesis proposal form to Professor James Warren.

Selected applicants will then be invited to submit proposals via Murdoch University’s postgraduate scholarship application process (deadline 30 September 2018). Prospective applicants must be able to commence no later than mid- 2019.

ContactFor more information please visit Indian Ocean World. Please direct any enquiries to Professor James Warren.