PhD Scholarship, Corporate Constraint of Carbon Emissions

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria, Australia
13 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Business & Law
  • $26,288 (indexed) for three years
  • Based at the Hawthorn campus

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high-quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives.

We are seeking a higher-degrees-by-research student with exceptional research potential who has a strong desire to undertake research in the area of corporate environmental performance.

Corporate Constraint of Carbon Emissions: Is there a Cost to Economic, Environmental or Social Efficiency, or Financial Sustainability?
Australia’s listed companies are facing demands for transparency in relation to their climate change-related risks and performance. Some high emitting companies need to report their emissions under the Australian National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Act 2007, which requires disclosure, without financial penalty, to the Clean Energy Regulator of emissions, later publicly reported at company level on the Regulator’s website. Many of these companies were subject also to the Carbon Tax when it was in place between 2012-2014. This project investigates empirically the relationship between these high emitters’ investments via capital expenditure, their emissions, and their profitability and efficiency compared with prior years and compared with matched peer companies. Examining the same company’s environmental and financial performance longitudinally and comparing the same for a number of companies within the same industry can shed light on the potential trade-offs between environmental and financial performance. Compliance with mandatory reporting may require investment in systems and human resources that can be costly. Investing in carbon abatement adds another layer of potential costs, which may be recouped over time through reduced energy costs, depending on the payback period. This topic has the potential to contribute to the stock of knowledge about corporate incentives and behaviour in the presence of environmental regulation with and without financial penalty. It has a within and between research design with sufficient years of publicly available emissions and financial data to enable rigorous investigation of economic, environmental and social efficiency (e.g. using data envelopment analysis), as well as financial performance.

Skills and Experience
You must reach the required standards of achievement and research experience for entry into one of Swinburne's PhD programs (see:

In particular, we are seeking applicants with a minimum H1 or H2A equivalent in a discipline relevant to field of research. The applicant should have excellent project management and data management skills as well as strong attention to detail. A demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new skills, work in a research team environment and acquire knowledge are essential requirements. Demonstration of peer-reviewed authored publications in relevant research areas is desirable.

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

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The diverse culture within Swinburne is our strength and our success lies within the inclusive working environment built of employees from a variety of backgrounds. Swinburne celebrates and respects the strength that difference creates. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and generally the capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply
Please include the following attachments; a detailed CV (including contact details of one academic and one professional referee), a certified transcript of all higher education results and a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the criteria laid out in the position description.

For further information, please contact Professor Christine Jubb, +61 3 9214 4618

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Refer to position number: 30521C
Closing date: 5pm Sunday 6 November 2016