PhD scholarship – UC
Combining technology and behavioural science to improve citizen-science monitoring of biosecurity risks.
The project involves working as part of an interdisciplinary team to: (1) develop a national survey assessing the main drivers and barriers to environmental stewardship and kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa, and (2) design and assess a set of field experiments with the aim of increasing environmental engagement in a selected set of communities.
Ideal start date: Sometime between Dec 2021 and Feb 2022.
Supervised by Prof Don Hine (Psychology) this PhD is part of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and the newly established transdisciplinary Biosecurity Innovations (UCBI) research cluster at the University of Canterbury. Applicants will be mentored by members of the BioHeritage team and UCBI to develop expertise in survey design and delivery, behaviour change, and field experiments.
The scholarship will cover living expenses at NZ$28k per year for three years and study fees. The ideal candidate will have an interest in behaviour change with Bachelor and Masters level experience in psychology, behavioural economics and/or environmental science.
For more information please contact:
Prof Don Hine
School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand