Understanding sentiment concerning human and non-human animal coexistence: Models for shark management and communication
Shark sentiment study
There are increasing challenges concerning human and non-human animal interactions. Non-human animal behaviour and habitat needs are often better understood than social and political influences on the humans who make all the important decisions concerning management of coexistence. Even apparently simple interventions are socially complicated (Pooley et al, 2016), and attitudes are nuanced, complex and often contradictory (Mehmet & Simmons, 2016). There have been calls for involvement of social scientists and communicators in understanding attitudes to human-wildlife interaction (Manfredo et al, 2009; Treves et al, 2006), interdisciplinary research into human-predator coexistence, including learning from disciplines targeting analogous human problems (Pooley et al, 2016).
This project is a collaboration between Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Charles Sturt University (CSU). It focuses on improving understanding of human relations with sharks and strategies for managing and communicating about sharks, shark risk and shark management. The multidisciplinary supervision team will include representatives from both DPI and CSU.
To develop a model that assists in characterising and responding to sentiment concerning human and non-human animal coexistence
The study will apply a mixed-method approach to gathering and analysing community and stakeholder sentiment:
The project will be delivered through a PhD project at Charles Sturt University over 3 years with a possible 6 month extension (normal for a study of this kind) in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries.
The supervisory team will be led by a representative of CSU and include a representative of the DPI. The supervisory team will collaborate on support and advice for the design and implementation of the project.
The project will be administered by the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) with funding and other support from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.
The scholarship is a partnership between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Charles Sturt University (CSU). It will be administered through the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS), one of four CSU Research Centres. The scholarship remuneration is equivalent to an Australia Postgraduate Award Stipend with an additional top-up of $8,000 per year from DPI.
Applications will be assessed by a panel including representatives of CSU and DPI.
The successful applicant should be able to start in Bathurst in mid- 2017.
Send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close: April 21, 2017
Associate Professor Peter Simmons
School of Communication and Creative Industries