What We Do >> Programs

Research Programs

The programs of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute are distinct, yet integrated.

The Institute’s primary activities of brokering and facilitating interdisciplinary research and Community Engagement are based on projects, workshops and forums in the key program areas of:

Natural and Cultural Heritage

  • Integrity of the protected area
  • Biodiversity
  • Geodiversity
  • Water catchment protection
  • Cultural heritage (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)
  • Landscape, natural beauty and aesthetic values

Sustainable Development

  • Major impacts related to urban and agr-industrial development
  • Recreation and visitor use

Flagship Programs

The Flagship Programs of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute aim to improve research and enhance community and sponsor engagement. They are holistic, landscape-scale concepts that tackle complex socio-economic and ecosystem challenges for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. More info >>

Top-Up Scholarship Program

The Institute offers PhD top-up scholarships to doctoral students engaged in any discipline of research that supports management of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA). Priority research areas and topics are outlined in the BMWHI Research Strategy and its associated Prospectus.

Applicants must be enrolled, or finalising enrolment in a full-time PhD research degree at any accredited Australian university, and be successful in obtaining a primary scholarship such as an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent.

View the Top-Up Scholarship Policy and Guidelines [ download pdf ]
View the Scholarship Allocation Procedure [ download pdf ]