Funded PhD Project Available – Planning to Reduce Coastal Hazard Risk

·       Deadline: September 16 2016

A funded PhD project is available through the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, which will contribute to the ‘Living at the Edge’ programme 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 settings using an initial case study of the Hawke’s Bay coastal area.

This PhD project will be focused around one of the following broad topics:

·     Managed retreat as a coastal adaptation option in the New Zealand context

·     Community engagement around climate change adaptation and community understanding of science

·     Co-designed research and action research as a methodology in the area of combining coastal hazard risk and climate change adaptation

This project would suit someone with experience with coastal hazard risk, coastal planning and management, and community engagement using collaborative participatory processes. Please highlight the topic area that most suits or interests you in your application.

The PhD student will be based in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. 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.