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Location University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
App. deadline 31/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Developing Common Indicators for Environmental Governance

The Secretariat for the Pacific Region Environmental Programme (SPREP) has an opportunity to put the region's governments, businesses, and communities 'on the same page' in tracking changes in the environment in key locations. Participatory creation of common environmental indicators will develop insight and capacity for reporting, planning, and policy.

The Hunter Research Foundation Centre (HRFC) at the University of Newcastle supports countries and communities in transition by providing rigorous, independent research that is presented in a clear, concise and compelling way to better inform decision-making at all levels.

This project will see the selected candidate working within the HRFC and collaboratively with SPREP on environmental governance to develop tools to better assess and harness information to support planning and decision making by government, communities and businesses in Pacific Island countries. Specifically, the research project is seeking to establish a set of common environmental, social and economic indicators.

This body of work will enable the assessment of impacts, the definition of trade-offs and monitoring of long-term trends in the social, environmental, health and economic status of Pacific island nations. It will also assess the impact and effectiveness of information delivery systems so as to assure that key indicators are provided and updated in an accessible and useful way.

After defining the indicator set with key government, community, business, and agency stakeholders, the candidate will be involved in establishing an online portal or ‘tool kit’ for SPREP member countries. The portal will enable viewing of time series data to aid decision making and planning. The candidate will gain in-depth knowledge about local conditions in the environment, economy, and politics. Importantly, this project will equip the student with essential skills and capacity to act as a local ‘data steward’ and as an important ‘knowledge broker’ for projects of regional significance.

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Prof Will Rifkin