The UN Environment Assembly recently put nitrogen on the international agenda to transition from 'nitrogen pollution to circular nitrogen economy'. The International Nitrogen Initiative ( has been instrumental in raising awareness.

While N fertilisers drive crop and pasture yields, unused N becomes a potent pollutant when lost from farms to the environment. The recently founded INI Oceania address the opportunities and challenges for improving nitrogen use in the region. The candidate will work collaboratively with an expert team of university, government, industry stakeholders across Australia and the region and has opportunity to engage with the global INI team to contribute directions and innovation, linked to the United Nations aims.

The project can include analysing national and international databases, working with industry (e.g. fertiliser industry, regenerative agriculture). The student will have outstanding opportunities for networking and work integrated learning and focus on technical but also socio-economical realms in support of the circular nitrogen economy.

Location: St Lucia Campus

Commencement date: 2020/21

Associate Supervisor: Cameron Gourley, Director International Nitrogen Initiative - Oceania 


Project members


Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences