PhD Scholarship in urban economics, geography and spatial analysis

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, Stipend of $28,092/pa, four years of tuition covered fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
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Urban Regeneration, Housing futures, New ways of Urban Living
About the Scholarship

The Centre of research focuses on high impact research through 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. The three different research themes Regenerating our cities, Equitable housing opportunities and New ways of urban living aim to tackle urban transitions towards just, health and productive cities. This requires a holistic assessment of the social, political and Behavioural influences and innovation that shape cities.

We invite candidates with a good knowledge of quantitative and spatial methods, who possess a background in urban and/or housing economics, economic geography, quantitative geography, economic history, industrial and/or social economics and related fields. This scholarship is not part of a funded research project; therefore, the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to develop their own project that fits within the broader research areas of the main supervisor (A/Prof Nygaard) and relates to the key transition challenges of just, healthy and productive cities. The successful candidate will join a cohort of PhD students who are already apart of the Centre and be involved in a vibrant research culture.

Applications will be assessed on academic merit, policy merit, clarity of proposal’s research questions, data availability and methodological selection and justification. You will need to supply an expression of interest including reason for wanting to undertake a PhD with the Centre of Urban Transitions and answers to key selection criteria, CV with qualifications and experience, a two-page proposal for the PhD including the research question and proposed methodology; and indication of academic literature/debate your research relates to.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Be the innovator in the face of technological and social change with Swinburne’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Leading edge research centres, strong ties to industry and commitment to high-quality, high-impact research allows you to understand humanity deeply, bring the real world to focus and make your mark.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Academic background in quantitative (econometric) methods, urban and/or housing economics, economic geography, quantitative geography, economic history, institutional and/or social economics or related fields.
  • Passion for understanding longer-term urban transition dynamics and/or productivity through in-depth quantitative research
  • Clarity of research proposal including: research question(s) data availability and methodological selection/justification.
  • Evidence of Prior research experience.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.
How to apply and further information

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link. In order to apply please supply:
  • A expression of interest letter including reasons for wanting to undertake a PhD with the Centre for Urban Transitions and replying to the key selection criteria;
  • CV with qualifications and experience;
  • A two-page proposal for the PhD including the research question and proposed methodology; and indication of academic literature/debate your research relates to.

For further enquires please contact the Centre’s Postgraduate Coordinator, Andi Nygaard (Associate Professor) on or 03 9214 4569.

Please send all documentation (Expression of interest, CV and Two-page research proposal) to the Centre’s Research Coordinator Ms Grace Lee,

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on the 24th of April 2020

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