PhD Scholarship – Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Communication & Education

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute seek expressions of interest from eligible graduates for two PhD positions on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant funded, ‘Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education’ (MECCE) Project. The project team includes over 80 leading experts and international agencies, including UNESCO, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, the UN International Bureau of Education, the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and many more. The University of Melbourne is an institutional partner on the project, and houses core project activities and team members. The MECCE Project responds to a need for increased quality and quantity of climate change communication and education (CCE) globally, across primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as government, civil society, business, media, and communication sectors. To date, there is a lack of understanding of what constitutes effective CCE. There is also a lack of global data to support benchmarking and target-setting by national and state level governments to increase CCE across sectors. The MECCE Project addresses these gaps by providing global data on the quantity and quality of CCE to help advance national and intergovernmental policy making, and practice across sectors.

Applications open

1 Jun 2021

Applications closed

31 Jul 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • satisfy the School’s PhD entry requirements.
    • commence Semester 2 2021

    Full-time enrolment is a condition for this scholarship.

    Selection criteria

    • The award will be offered to the student based on their ability to complete a research higher degree through a combination of academic study, research experience, professional experience and overall knowledge of the proposed area of study.
  • Application process

    We encourage you to contact Professor Marcia McKenzie if you wish to discuss your eligibility or any other aspects of the scholarship.

    Please email your Expression of Interest (EOI), to: Professor Marcia McKenzie

    Applicants will be considered based on:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Academic transcript
    • Interview for shortlisted applicants

    Two funded PhD positions are available to contribute to the work of the MECCE Project. Possible topic areas may include:

    • Critical education policy questions on the mobility, enactment, affective dimensions, land-informed aspects, or other considerations in the development, circulation, and effects of climate and sustainability in education and related policy;
    • Regional and cultural variation in quality climate change education and/or communication, including how various countries are approaching CCE;
    • Psychosocial dimensions of climate change inaction and denial in the Australian context;
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to climate change education;
    • Indicator development on CCE in relation to the SDGs and other global initiatives;
    • Web-scraping and related machine learning approaches to social science data collection;
    • In-depth analysis of particular project datasets, including on whether and how climate change is addressed in primary, secondary or tertiary settings; media guidelines and reporting; standards and approaches of government employee training on climate change; public participation in climate action, and other related areas of CCE globally; and
    • Intergovernmental processes related to CCE, including the UNFCCC’s Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) initiatives, and a new program expected to be launched at COP 26.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application by email as soon as possible.

What are the benefits?

The successful candidate will receive a scholarship of approx. $31,200 pro rata per year for 3.5 years of the PhD (full time).

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