Environmental Studies and Resource Management

The Resources, Environment and Development (RE&D) program at Crawford School provides theoretically rigorous research training and teaching on contemporary environmental, economic and social transformations in the Asia-Pacific region

The RE&D program has a critical mass of scholars working on issues that matter to governments, businesses and communities in the Asia-Pacific region. RE&D researchers cover areas including environmental sustainability, climate change, rural development, forestry, land tenure, food security, gender inequality, environmental justice, extractive industries and natural resource management.
RE&D Scholars work in disciplines ranging from environmental and ecological economics and policy, political ecology, human geography, and the anthropology of development. This diversity creates an exciting, cross-disciplinary dialogue. We offer PhD students a solid grounding in diverse approaches, methodologies of research, and analytical tools for policy analysis.

While our research is primarily focused on South Asia, China, Southeast Asia, Melanesia and Australia, we also work on major global issues that impact on regional and local environmental sustainability.

Prospective PhD candidates please follow these steps.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

The admission requirement for PhD study in the Crawford PhD in Environmental Studies and Resource Management program requires the student to have one of the following qualifications:
• A Master Degree in social science or related fields of social studies. The applicant should have received a minimum average of 75 at ANU or equivalent results from other universities.
• A Bachelor with Honours degree with at least three years’ work experience in a research environment and with a proven academic publication record as a first author may be considered to be equivalent to a Master’s Degree. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.
• All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any ANU program or course delivered either in Australia or overseas must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission.

Note ANU’s English Language Policy for PhD students, the salient points are:
- The most recent evidence will be used as proof of English language proficiency.
- The University reserves the right to make any offer conditional on meeting English language requirements if subsequent evidence is provided that demonstrates that the applicant’s English language ability is insufficient.
- The University reserves the right to request that an applicant undergoes an English test in addition to any other evidence of English proficiency provided.
If you are not sure whether you can meet any of the criteria, please contact the Student Administration Officer for advice.

Step 2: Look for possible supervisor(s)

Please look through the Crawford School Webpage to see what type of projects are currently being pursued by students and supervisors.
At ANU, higher degree research students have a primary supervisor and a panel of co-supervisors and/or advisors. If you apply for an ERM PhD, the primary supervisor or at least one of the co-supervisors needs to be from ERM. ERM supervisory panels are typically made up of experienced senior academics, mid- and early-career researchers working in the field of interest to the student and one or more colleagues from disciplinary areas that relate to the student’s topic.
Available supervisors at RE&D include:
- Keith Barney
- Daniel Connell
- Robert Costanza
- Frank Jotzo
- Ida Kubiszewski
- Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
- Sango Mahanty
- John McCarthy
- Luca Tacconi
- Phuc Xuan To
- Sarah Milne

Step 3: Write the thesis proposal within 7-8 pages

Title

Give a precise and informative description of the project.

Abstract

A summary of the proposed research (approximately 300 words) that includes the key research question or hypothesis, the rationale for the research, the region under study, and the method to be employed in the research.

Aims & significance

A clearly focused statement of the overall purpose of the proposed research (ie, why is it important?).

Research questions &/or hypotheses

The questions that the proposed research will address and/or the hypotheses that will be tested.

Literature review

You need to demonstrate that are aware of the wider literature published internationally and your research can be engaged with the on-going debates. Therefore, you need to provide a preliminary review of the key research that has already been carried out in the field and identification of the gaps in the literature that the proposed research aims to fill.

Methodology

It is crucially important for a proposal to spell out at least initial ideas for the methodology. You should discuss how the proposed methodology is appropriate for the proposed project, and indicate the likely feasibility of the proposed approach. Give an explanation of what type of data will be required and how it will be collected, and how the data will be analysed.

Timetable

An indication of how the research will be carried out over the duration of a full-time (3 years for PhD) or part-time (6 years for PhD) candidature.

Resources

An indication of the funding that will be required over the course of the candidature (eg, for fieldwork) and options for procuring external funding, as well any special materials or training that may be necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Institutional fit

A statement on why RE&D is suitable for your project and an indication of potential supervisors/advisors.

Bibliography

A list of references cited in or relevant to the proposal.

General tips on proposal writing.

Step 4: Express your interest and contact the potential supervisor

You may express your interests by emailing the following documents to the Student Administration Officer.
• Curriculum vitae (CV)
• Academic transcripts
• IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)
• Thesis proposal (7-8 pages)
• A minimum of 2 letters of reference
The Student Administration Officer will check your qualification and suggest a possible supervisor if you have not yet contacted one. It is highly recommended that you contact a supervisor and get his/her initial consent before you formally apply. The supervisor might arrange an interview with you either in person or by phone.

Step 5: Make a formal application to ANU

Once a supervisor has interviewed you and signed off on your proposal, the Graduate Program Coordinator will assist you with the ANU online application process. For further information and advice, see ANU Study Options (PhD) and College of Asia and Pacific website.

Coursework Requirement

Students entering the PhD program in the RE&D Group are required to undertake 12 units of coursework choosing from the following list.
- EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management (Semester 1, 6 units)
- EMDV8008 Research Proposal (Semester 1, 6 units)
- EMDV8066 Research Project (Semester 2, 12 units)
If the student has received equivalent previous training in research methods through either graduate coursework or professional experience, exemptions from these courses could be sought, with the approval the student’s supervisor. This will be considered on an individual basis.

A student may also be asked to undertake additional courses if the supervisor considers it necessary to aid the successful completion of their dissertation. The following is a list of Master degree courses available at Crawford School of Public Policy that could be included:
- Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
- Master of Climate Change
- Master of Environmental Management and Development

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