Hawthorn, Australia
04 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 3 x PhD Scholarships
  • Centre for Urban Transitions – School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 4 year fixed term contract, Hawthorn location

Three (3) PhD scholarships available at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions

About the job

Swinburne Centre for Urban Transitions has three (3) PhD scholarship available for people with a passion for understanding urban transitions through in depth research.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to undertake a PhD in in these or other areas relevant to urban transitions. Successful candidates will be able to develop their own project if it fits with the broader aims and supervisory capacity of the Centre. The scholarships are not part of a funded research project, but students are expected to contribute to the Centre’s publication and impact program and aspirations.

Successful applicants will join a cohort of PhD students already at the Centre and be involved in its vibrant research culture.

The scholarship covers tuition fees for up to 4 years and provides and annual (indexed) stipend of $27,082 (2018 rate) for three years.

About the Centre for Urban Transition

The Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne was established in 2017 to produce high quality and high impact research focused on planning and governance to achieve needed urban transitions, both in Australia and internationally.

The Centre has a distinct role within the broader field of urban change. Its research themes tackle three of the major urban challenges, which require a holistic assessment of the social, political and behavioral influences and innovations that shape cities.

These are:

  • Regenerating our cities: how cities reshape themselves to reduce carbon intensity and meet sustainable development goals.
  • Equitable housing opportunities: how to improve access to appropriate and affordable housing that promotes spatially and socially equitable cities.
  • New ways of urban living: how to promote new ways of urban living as cities, businesses and households adapt to population growth, climate change, sustainable living and labour markets dynamics.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

First Class Honours (H1) award or equivalent; or for exceptional candidates a H2A award – see for further information.

Some familiarity with main academic and policy debates relating to the chosen field of study.

Passion for understanding urban transitions through in-depth research.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

Further information and how to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2018 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

Applications will be assessed on i) their academic merit; ii) policy merit; and, iii) clarity of proposal’s research question(s), data availability and methodological selection and justification. Existing peer-reviewed publication track record is an advantage, but not a necessity. See ‘Key Selection Criteria’ for further information.

In order to apply please supply:

  • A one page expression of interest including reasons for wanting to undertake a PhD with the Centre for Urban Transitions;
  • CV indicating qualifications and experience;
  • A one page proposal for the PhD including the research question and proposed methodology; and indication of academic literature/debate your research relates to.

For more information, please contact the Centre’s Postgraduate Coordinator: Associate Professor Andi Nygaard Tel: +61 3 9214 4569

Please send the above documentation to the Centre’s Research Coordinator Ms Grace Lee

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Deadline for applications is Friday 11 January 2019 at 5 PM (AEST).