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ECU Climate Justice Phd Scholarship

This project, supported by a full time PhD Scholarship, will identify effective methods of community organising for policies and actions that promote climate justice in Western Australia.

Important dates

Opens: 12-03-2020 Closes: 6-05-2020

Applies to

Domestic Postgraduate Research

The Project

It involves conducting participatory action research in partnership with the Climate Justice Union WA, a collective of Western Australians working together and pooling resources to accelerate the fair and just transition to net zero emissions, and prepare for and adapt to climate change impacts while taking care of people and place. The candidate will work with CJU and diverse communities to develop, test and evaluate strategies for movements and organisations to engage in community organising for climate justice in WA aligned with the aims of the CJU.

The successful candidate will be based in ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities, working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers as part of ECU’s Boodja Justice Research Group. The position can be based in Perth or the South West.

The candidate will receive a 3-year scholarship for a stipend of $28,420 per year (full-time), with possible 6-month extension.

Candidates will need to have the following skills in order to undertake the project:

  • Communication skills to engage with community members and stakeholders
  • Innovative and creative facilitation skills
  • An understanding or interest in participatory action research methodology
  • High level research and writing skills for the production of materials for the community and a thesis
  • Presentation skills to present research findings in a clear manner
  • An understanding of climate justice and the climate crisis

Experience in the following is highly desirable:

  • An understanding of the climate change context and movement in Western Australia
  • Community organising or campaigning for climate justice
  • Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and knowledge of decolonisation
  • Climate policy development

Eligibility guidelines

  • Students must have submitted a course application for L61 within the School of Arts and Humanities

How to apply

Please send an expression of interest before applying. Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of your suitability;
  • The names of two professional referees; and
  • A brief CV containing your contact details

To apply please send your expression of interest to Dr Naomi Godden (

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