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Phd In Urban Regeneration

Swinburne University of Technology - Melbourne, VIC

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Full Job Description
This scholarship offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work alongside researchers at the Centre for Urban Transitions (http://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/urban-transitions/) in developing actionable knowledge and insight in understanding urban transitions in relation to circular economy. Suitably qualified candidates are invited to undertake a PhD by Publication relating to the Centre’s three research themes and with a framing aligned with urban transition challenges: just, healthy and productive cities.
We invite the successful applicant to consider exploring one of the topics:
  • How urban sustainability transitions can be enabled by data, aligning with visions as outlined in the discourse on Doughnut Economics or Circular Economy.
  • The opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the nexus of telework, housing condition and quality and renewable energy.
Successful candidates will take the lead on developing their project within these broader themes and in relation to the transition challenges. 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 $$34,013 p.a. for up to 3.5 years (full-time, fixed term) (2021 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 three research themes aim to tackle urban transition towards just, health and productive cities. This requires a holistic assessment of the social, political and behavioral influences and innovations that shape cities. Our three research themes engage with these transition challenges in a transdisciplinary way across three main themes:

  • Urban regeneration: how to govern the renewal of urban infrastructure to deliver future services and be resilient to climate change pressures. This theme examines the potential of co-creation, co-design, new planning approaches and nature-based solutions for (re)developing urban infrastructure.
  • Housing futures: how affordable, appropriate and accessible housing shapes physical and social urban landscapes. This theme examines how housing opportunities, options, governance and dwelling infrastructure shape the social and economic welfare of citizens and is instrumental in delivering just and livable cities.
  • New ways of urban living: how the everyday practices and behaviours of people living in cities come together to deliver innovation, entrepreneurship and urban adaptations. This theme examines how new ways of urban living and working can play a transformative role in shaping healthy, just and sustainably productive neighbourhoods and communities.
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
Familiarity and prior knowledge of with main academic, policy and methodological debates and issues relating to your chosen field of interest.
Passion for understanding urban transitions through in-depth research.

Please note: Applicants need to be able to commence their study in Australia no later than August 2021

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 provide us with the following documents:

1. A one page expression of interest including reasons for wanting to undertake a PhD with the Centre for Urban Transitions and how your proposed PhD relates to the Centre’s research themes and transition challenges;
2. CV indicating qualifications and experience;
3. 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 about the application process, please contact the Centre’s Postgraduate Coordinator: Professor Wendy Stone wmstone@swin.edu.au. For questions around research proposal or topic, please contact A/Prof Magnus Moglia mmoglia@swin.edu.au or A/Prof Christian Nygaard anygaard@swin.edu.au.

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Begin’ link.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Manager, Maree Norden, on inclusion@swin.edu.au. For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au.

Deadline for applications is Friday 18 June 2018 at 5PM (AEST).

Melbourne, VIC

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