Regional studies students may be interested in this Destination Australia Scholarship for a Higher Degree by Research.
The climate has changed. In Gippsland, weather patterns have shifted significantly to see the Autumn break coming much later. More intense rainfall in southern Gippsland and persistent drought, and now extensive fires in the east accompany this. Farmers are at the forefront of both witnessing and addressing these changes.
Building on Growing Southern Gippsland, this project will extend its focus to lay the foundation for comparing east and southern Gippsland. It will develop a focused project focused on selected farming households who are exemplars of change in East Gippsland and interrogate both the changes they have witnessed and the shifts in farming methodologies they have employed. It will look at both the farming household and the community, the motivations and incentives to change and identify some of the blockages - both on farm and through value chains. It will benefit farmers in east Gippsland who will be rebuilding from recent drought and fire events as well as contributing to our understandings of addressing the climate crisis.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Jess Reeves
Co-supervisors: Professor Peter Fairbrother, Adjunct Professor Federation University and Nick Dudley, Agriculture Victoria
Partners: Agriculture Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Bass Coast Landcare Network
Application deadline: 17 February