The University of Newcastle, Australia

Food Security and the Governance of Local Knowledge in India and Indonesia

Closing Date: 30 November 2019


PhD Scholarship

The aim of this ARC project is to examine the way small farmers identify, conserve and exchange plant material and incorporate it into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding and to identify the ways regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process.

Big Field

795 million people are undernourished, and they mostly rely on small farmers for food. To protect these farmers from the twin challenges of multinational agribusiness and climate change, this interdisciplinary project aims to

  1. examine the ways small farmers identify, conserve and exchange useful plant material and incorporate it into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding under conditions of climate change;
  2. identify the ways regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process; and
  3. identify opportunities for the application of such local knowledge and its regulatory framework in Australia.

The project will result in proposed changes to intellectual property law and other laws to encourage agricultural innovation and enhance farmers’ welfare in the face of increased climate variability in India and Indonesia. Lessons from the experiences in these countries will help farmers, governments, NGOs and businesses to develop supportive policies and identify plant varieties for challenging conditions. The project will also build collaborative international networks of researchers.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding:

$27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: Professor Christoph Antons

Available to: Domestic and International students

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Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria for a Doctoral Degree in Law, applicants should have proficiency in relevant national and/or regional languages of India and/or Indonesia.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to christoph.antons@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 30 November 2019.

Applications Close 30 November 2019


Contact Professor Christoph Antons
Phone +61 2 4985 4114
Email christoph.antons@newcastle.edu.au

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