RMIT University invites applications for the Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement (RECETAS) in Australia for the 2023/24 academic session.
This PhD is part of an NHMRC/European Commission-funded project exploring the benefits of prescribing nature-based social activities to reduce loneliness and improve mental health. The project aims to better understand the effects of green space and biodiversity on loneliness and mental well-being and help create a framework for Nature-Based Social Prescribing (NBSP).
The research involved in this PhD would suit a candidate with qualifications and/or professional experience in ecology, conservation science, health/psychology and/or human geography. The candidate should also have an interest in, and motivation for, biological conservation – particularly in urban environments. Knowledge of basic ecological theory is desirable. Applicants should also be familiar with a broad range of research methods (e.g. meta-analysis, interviews, site visits, focus groups, photovoice, participatory action research, observational approaches, and surveys).
Worth of Award
The scholarship is worth $32,841 per annum for 3 years.
- Qualifications and/or professional experience in ecology, conservation science, health/psychology or human geography
- Demonstrated interest in biological conservation
- Skills in quantitative data collection and analysis
- Familiarity with and/or experience in using a range of qualitative research methods
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and productively as part of a team
- Knowledge of basic ecological theory
- Experience in analyzing large data sets
- Interest in interdisciplinary research and international collaboration
- Understanding of trauma-informed approaches and/or experience in working with vulnerable groups
- Ability to communicate effectively in culturally diverse settings
How to Apply
To apply for the Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement, please send your CV and Cover Letter to:
- Professor Sarah Bekessy: [email protected]
- Professor Katherine Johnson: [email protected]
- Dr Nerkez Opacin: [email protected]
Deadline: November 30, 2022.