Project title: 

Seaport sustainability: A literature review

Project duration:

26 June 2017 – 21 July 2017 (4 weeks)


The University of Queensland (UQ) entered into a formal research partnership with the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) in April 2015. The primary purpose of this $2M partnership is to provide PBPL with answers to strategic questions and innovative solutions that are key to future-proofing its position as one of Queensland’s major economic trade facilitators.

One of the project under this research partnership focuses on the improvement of economic, social and environmental reporting of the PBPL. As an integral part of this project, a literature review about the sustainability of seaports worldwide is requited.

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

The aim of this internship is to undertake a literature about seaport sustainability. This will include providing a general overview about what sustainability means in a port context, measurement methods of sustainability and the identification of gaps in the literature.

The student will be required to provide a written summary of the reviewed literature. The student will be expected to work on a full-time basis over the duration of this internship. Regular meetings on work progress (e.g., discussion of issues identified from literature, structure of the review) will take place between the student and the supervisor.

The student will gain an understanding about the complexities of sustainable development and will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of corporate sustainable development of seaports, such as the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd.

Suitable for:

This project is suitable for students with an interest in the topic of sustainable development. Applicants should be familiar with basic literature review techniques and tools, such as Endnote. Suitable candidates should also be able to search independently for relevant industry information on the internet, database and should be familiar with using UQ Library resources.

Primary Supervisor:

Dr Peggy Schrobback

Further info:

Contact details:

Dr Peggy Schrobback

Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Lecturer

School of Economics, The University of Queensland

Colin Clark Building (#39), Room 644

St Lucia, QLD 4072



Please contact Dr Schrobback for further information.