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PhD position – stipend funded by ARC-Discovery research project

Applications Close : 31 January 2023

Job Description

The PhD topic will involve studying how landholders can be encouraged to cooperate more to achieve cross-boundary environmental outcomes that require landholders to spatially coordinate their activities. The PhD candidate is expected to contribute towards this goal by investigating a particular aspect of the problem: how to relate theoretical modelling and experimental results that can inform us of the conditions under which social norms can positively enhance the effects of economic incentives. To test model assumptions, experiments with students and others will need to be programmed and run, either in a lab or online. This work will be done in parallel to other project work carried out in the field in Australia and elsewhere, as part of an international team.

This position is part of an international ARC-Discovery research project titled “Redesigning Landcare Policy to better coordinate land conservation across landholders”. The position would be based at UWA, in Perth, Western Australia, and would last for three years, with a possible six-month extension. The starting date is flexible but would preferably be as soon as possible (the project has already started). The position comes with a PhD stipend of AUD $35,000 per annum and an extra AUD 15,000 if a six-month extended is needed. Paid teaching and tutoring work could be available if the candidate requested it to gain some experience. 

Required Skills

1. Hold a Master’s or Honours degree in, and have a strong interest in the field of:
  • Social cooperation or social network problems, or
  • Experimental and behavioural economics, or
  • Economics of agriculture and environment, or
  • Any mix of these, or other closely related areas.

2.  Have experience in applied econometrics or statistics

The following are not necessary but will be an advantage:

3. Have some skill in computer programming (e.g. Python, R, or similar) 

4. Have done research in the field of:
  • Agricultural economics, or
  • Environmental economics, or 
  •  Social-cultural economics, or
  • Economics of social networks, or 
  • Behavioral or experimental economics, or
  • Any mix of these, or other related fields.
Interested candidates are invited to send:
  • A cover letter addressing the above selection criteria
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of the Master’s (or Honours) thesis
  • Contact details of 2 referees

For further details contact

Steven Schilizzi


Phone: +61 8 6488 2105

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