PhD Scholarships 2016! Apply Now!

Thinking about starting a PhD in 2016? Join an outstanding team at the University of Melbourne exploring networked-localised solutions for future low carbon cities. 

The CRC for Low Carbon Living and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) at the University of Melbourne have five PhD scholarships to investigate dimensions of new distributed infrastructure approaches in Australian cities. Research projects will cover: technical and engineering systems; urban design; planning; social and cultural, dimensions of lifestyles, behaviour and consumption and economic and social policy (including health and equity).

PhD researchers will have a unique opportunity to work directly with groups of local council partners to investigate real-world application of networked-localised solutions to re-design energy, water, food, waste and transport systems. This research will explore consequences for future urban development and living in Melbourne with an emphasis on the resilience and carbon footprint of the city. With an emphasis on action-research and amplifying the impact of the research outcome, four students will be embedded part time with the participating councils, focus on a specific site and work through urban (re)development challenges of strategic importance. The fifth PhD will work in closer collaboration with the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab to model the implications of this increased networked-localised urban development for the resilience and carbon footprint of Melbourne.

 Ideal candidates will have a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, infrastructure engineering or urban governance. To be considered for the modelling-focused PhD position, candidates will require proficiency in Object Oriented Programming and have proven capacity to find, organise and interpret data to inform model settings and validate model outputs. For all candidates, an understanding of environmental and sustainability issues is a must.

The five scholarships (A$30,000 per annum for 3 years; plus $5000 operating expenses) will commence in January 2016, and are available for Australian citizens and permanent residents who have graduated with an Honours or Masters degree in disciplines relevant to the Node’s aims. Applicants must also meet the University of Melbourne’s additional PhD entry criteria.

If interested, we urge you to apply as soon as possible to avoid the end of year bottleneck. Please complete our online EOI and submit your full application for entry to the PhD in your chosen discipline. For further information, email abp-research@unimelb.edu.au or Professor Chris Ryan – cryan@unimelb.edu.au – in the Melbourne School of Design. Expression of interest information and application details will be provided in reply.

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