Funded PhD Project Available – Modelling of Coastal Hazards

  •        Deadline: 2 September 2016

A funded PhD project is available through the School of Environment, which will contribute to the ‘Living at the Edge’ programme and the ‘Economics’ toolbox of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge. The broad aim of the Living at the Edge programme is to develop in a participatory way, tangible, viable and acceptable solutions to support communities living in highly vulnerable coastal settings using an initial case study of the Hawke’s Bay coastal area.

The PhD project is focused on the development of modelling tools for community hazard simulation that explore impacts, benefits and costs of a range of adaptive pathways. This project would suit someone with an economics background and experience in computer simulation modelling. Other desirable characteristics include socio-ecological awareness, a systems-thinking approach and experience in natural hazards (coastal preferably) and scenario analysis.

The PhD student will be based in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, co-supervised by Prof. Paul Kench in the School of Environment and Dr. Garry McDonald, Director of Market Economics. The student will also work closely with other partners working on this multidisciplinary project (including researchers from NIWA, GNS and other NZ universities). Please direct any questions about this project to Emma Ryan (

Scholarship funding (living costs, tuition fees and research costs) is available for three and a half years, and is open to both domestic and international candidates. Applicants will need to meet the University’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme.

Please apply by sending your application to Emma Ryan by e-mail ( as a single document (pdf preferred), including: a ~1000-word overview outlining your interest and suitability for the post, what skills you can contribute and ideas/thoughts for the project; a detailed CV; and contact details of two academic referees.