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DATE 10 Sep 2021

We invite expressions of interest for up to 8 members of the HDR Coordination Program Steering Committee 

The FRDC Human Dimensions Research (HDR) Coordination Program is made up of a Steering Committee and management team. The HDR Coordination Program and its Steering Committee will help deliver the FRDC R&D Plan 2020-2025. 

Objectives of the HDR Coordination Program are to:

  1. 1. Coordinate the development of human dimensions R&D priorities through review and consultation with key stakeholders, and assist to develop scopes to address those priorities
  2. 2. Ensure quality and relevance of human dimensions R&D through technical and extension advice and support for FRDC management and project teams
  3. 3. Support management of external partnerships delivering human dimensions R&D across FRDC
  4. 4. Support development of FRDC human dimensions data and analytics
  5. 5. Inform FRDC and stakeholders of state of knowledge and capability, and emerging needs, in key human dimensions R&D areas relevant to the FRDC's R&D Plan outcome and enabling strategy areas
  6. 6. Support extension and adoption of R&D in key human dimensions R&D areas relevant to the FRDC R&D Plan outcomes and enabling strategy areas
  7. 7. Develop and foster R&D collaboration on international initiatives in human dimensions research of relevance to Australian fisheries and aquaculture

The HDR Steering Committee’s primary role will be to meet Objectives 1, 5 and 6. 

Selection criteria
The Steering Committee is expertise-based (i.e. not representative) and its membership will include expertise across the identified knowledge areas. Members are sought who have:

  1. 1. Expertise in one or more of the identified knowledge areas (see below)
  2. 2. Extent of situational awareness with regard to Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture, either broadly or specific to sectors and/or regions  

Expertise in the one or more of the following areas is sought:

  • Management and policy, and decision support    
  • Economics in the fields of: fisheries/aquaculture economics, environmental economics, regional economics
  • Behavioural sciences in the fields of behavioural economics, psychology
  • Seafood supply chain, trade and market and consumer research
  • Social sciences, in the fields of: social impact assessment, social change (incl. social licence), social values, social media

Selection will be based on ensuring that the Committee members include a range of expertise as well as knowledge across a range of fisheries and aquaculture sectors and regions.

Time Commitment
The SC will convene at least three times a year (being online or face to face) with a maximum time commitment of 4 days (2 one day meetings, 2 half day meetings, 1 day out of session activities). Committee membership will be for a three‐year term.

Fees and Expenses
Committee members will be paid a sitting fee (unless they are a government employee without a separate ABN). All reasonable travel expenses (travel, accommodation, meals) associated with face-to-face meetings are paid or reimbursed by the HDR Coordination Program. 

How to apply
Applicants should provide a current resume and a letter of application in which they address their suitability in relation to the selection criteria (no longer than 1 page). Applicants are asked to email their application to the HDR Coordination Program Leader (Emily Ogier, email Applications will close Friday 1st October 2021.

For further information see FRDC Human Dimensions Research or contact Emily Ogier (see above) or Carolyn Stewardson (