Two PhD positions in two locations: Sydney and Adelaide
In Sydney Dr Melanie Taylor, Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney. email@example.com, (0414 338 073).
In Adelaide contact Dr Kirrilly Thompson at the Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University. firstname.lastname@example.org, (0413 616 650).
This project will identify best practice approaches to the management of animals in disasters that result in optimal outcomes for public safety, and the longer-term mental and physical health of responders, owner groups, and communities. The full research program will address a broad range of responder and animal owner groups across different stages of disaster.
The program will have two broad research streams designed to:
- Improve the interface between responders and the community, and
- Determine the role of animals in re-building (recovery), post disaster.
The research will be used to identify best practice and identify gaps. It will support best practice by helping to develop evidence-informed materials, tools, and training resources for responders, animal-related businesses and communities.
The two PhD positions will take independent, but complementary, paths to explore and assess the issues facing emergency services and different types of animal owners in natural disasters. Animal owners may be companion animal owners, those who run animal-related small businesses, or larger enterprises, such as livestock producers. The program of research will include exploration of the issues and priorities of both broad groups (animal owners and emergency services), field work, data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative), the development of evidence-informed resources in collaboration with emergency services project end-users, and preliminary evaluation of those resources with their target audiences.
The PhD research programs at the two locations have been designed to be flexible to accommodate the emerging needs and priorities of the emergency service end-users. It is generally anticipated that the Sydney-based research will have a greater focus on the preparedness and response phases of disasters, whereas the Adelaide-based research will focus more on the recovery phase.
These PhD projects would suit students from the following disciplines: psychology, anthropology, social science, communications, or public health.
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Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC postgraduate scholarships are available for students pursuing research higher degrees in the bushfire research fields, in line with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects.
Both Full and Top Up scholarships and project support funding are available for outstanding students, with preference given to the provision of top up scholarships.
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- Top Up scholarships of $10,000 per annum for three and a half years to holders of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University Research Scholarships.
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