- Unique opportunity to apply participatory approaches and co-generate new scenarios of interventions for Reef recovery
- Link the First Nations-led pathways with those focused on technological innovation
- Work with an inspiring supervisory team including top CSIRO scientists and Global leaders in sustainability
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
The Reef Trust Partnership and the Reef 2050 Plan brings together researchers, government managers, Traditional Owners as First Nations peoples, farmers, fishers and other stakeholders to generate novel and effective recovery pathways for the Great Barrier Reef. Scenarios that describe a range of such pathways are an exciting tool that can help us imagine and create new sustainable futures that embrace and promote cultural and natural diversity. However, current futures scenarios, and their underpinning models, for the Reef are focused overwhelmingly on biophysical variables, and do not include Traditional Owners approaches for economic, social and cultural well-being that result in healthy people and Reef for the benefit of the nation.
This Postdoctoral Fellow has a unique opportunity to apply participatory approaches and co-generate new scenarios of interventions for Reef recovery. You will work ethically and in partnership with Traditional Owners for mutual benefit, reciprocity, trust and respect to develop and test new methods that account for their Indigenous knowledge systems and First Nations-led co-design of Reef recovery pathways. Linking the First Nations-led pathways with those focused on technological innovation is a key opportunity for imagining and delivering genuinely sustainable futures. You will also work with experienced socioecological modellers to identify key variables and processes that link such socio-economic with biophysical variables and with policymakers to explore implications and policies for the health of Reef ecosystems and peoples.
You will work with an inspiring supervisory team including top CSIRO scientists in our Sustainability Pathways and Marine Ecosystem Modelling groups, international leaders of Reef-catchment restoration ecology at Central Queensland University, and global leaders in sustainability scenarios from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Your collaboration with First Nations peoples will be guided by a Reference Group facilitated through outstanding leaders of the Traditional Owner Partnerships team at the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Upon completion of the project, the postdoctoral fellow will be positioned to become a world leader in the domains of sustainability science, systems-thinking, multiple knowledges and transdisciplinary/participatory methods.