PhD Research Opportunity, Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters

Clayton, Monash, Australia
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The PhD research opportunity is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project that aims to describe and identify the impacts of Australian natural disasters on important microeconomic outcomes, including health, education and employment. The project will provide policy-relevant causal estimates by applying modern econometric techniques to field, survey and administrative data that tracks individuals across time. Specific goals are to better understand the variation in outcomes, the determinants of resilience, and how impacts on individuals and communities evolve over time.


An opportunity exists for a PhD student to contribute to a set of exciting studies within the Discovery Project. The student will join a unique multi-university team of economists, spanning the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University (Assoc Prof David Johnston), and economics groups at the Queensland University of Technology (Prof Benno Torgler), University of Wollongong (Assoc Prof Peter Siminski, Dr Silvia Mendolia) and University of Newcastle (Dr David Savage).

Ideally, the student will apply to enrol in the PhD program at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University. However, there exists some flexibility, and it's possible for the student to instead apply at Queensland University of Technology, University of Wollongong or University of Newcastle. The value of the scholarship will be partly dependent upon which university the student enrols in.

The Centre for Health Economics is an internationally renowned institution that contributes to academic research and public policy in the economics of health and health care. The contribution of its staff is evident in quality peer reviewed publications, fellowships and editorial roles, and in our community impact. The Centre has close links with a number of researchers in public economics, behavioural and experimental economics, development economics, and econometrics located in the departments of the Monash Business School.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will have an excellent academic track record with an honours or master's degree in economics or econometrics. The successful candidate must be willing to travel to undertake field work, and possess excellent communication skills. Both domestic and overseas applicants will be considered, provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission, and demonstrate excellent research capacity.

Enquiries and Applications

Please email enquiries or an expression of interest to Associate Professor David Johnston at

Closing date

Expressions of interest for this PhD opportunity will close December 31 2016.

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