Friday, February 10, 2012


SCHOLARSHIPS: PhD Scholarships exploring the Political Ecology of Forest Protection in Indonesia

Three scholarships, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, are available for PhD study in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand.

The aim of this research is to explore how the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) programme is reshaping the politics and economics of forest management in Indonesia. REDD+ seeks to prevent the release of carbon stored in forests by developing financing mechanisms that can provide incentives to slow or stop deforestation and forest degradation, and promote sustainable forest management.  The programme has attracted widespread interest from private, public and non-government sectors and is expected to eventually generate US$30 billion annually.  With Indonesia having the second highest rate of deforestation in the world, and deforestation being the second highest contributor of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, there is an urgent need to better understand the impacts this new form of conservation is having upon forest politics, economies and livelihoods. 

The successful candidates will be responsible for developing a proposal related to one of the following three research themes:

Students will be based at Victoria University of Wellington where they will receive support from a multidisciplinary international research team.

New PhD applicants should carefully read all application instructions, ‘Notes to Applicants’ and accompanying information available at Applicants should then download and complete the form ‘Application for PhD Admission and Victoria Scholarships’ and relevant accompanying forms. Clearly indicate that you wish to apply for one of the three scholarships in the political ecology of forest protection. If you have a preference for one of the three research themes, or would like to be considered for all three, please indicate this as well. Tailor your written ‘Expression of Research Interests’ accordingly.

Please contact Dr Andrew McGregor ( for project specific enquiries or the Graduate Recruitment Office ( for application and scholarship enquiries.

Deadline: March 1, 2012

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