Centre Associates

The principal aim of the Melbourne Centre for Cities is to foster cities research in and from Melbourne, with a principal focus on questions of urban governance and an explicitly international viewpoint. A key ingredient to achieve this mission is a lively and engaged community of Centre Associates from across the University of Melbourne. Associates can be permanent or fixed-term academic staff at the University, at level A and above, current honorary fellows at the University, or currently undertaking doctoral studies. Associates are recognised formally as members of the Centre’s community and will take a proactive role in its academic life. Sounds like you? Get in touch!

Centre Associates, either as ‘faculty associates’ (current academic and honorary staff) or ‘doctoral associates’ (current PhD students) have access to a variety of support and activities within the Centre and in turn, will play a part in its work and development. Associates are appointed for one year in the first instance (renewable) and can access Centre development programs (for early career academics) or bespoke workshop sessions (e.g. the Centre seminar series) along with participating in research forums and university symposia, facilitating external and international engagements, and more.

Doctoral associates are also members of the Cities Doctoral Group convened by the Centre for additional and dedicated career support to emerging cities research voices (see more at the Doctoral page).

Associates are expected to take part in monthly and yearly Centre meetings and work in collaboration with Centre Fellows towards one or more specific Centre programs.

The Melbourne Centre for Cities runs two Associate cohort calls per year in Summer and Winter to facilitate collaboration and cohort building. Interested in joining?

Find expression of interest forms for both roles here:

Melbourne Centre for Cities Associate (faculty) – EoI

Melbourne Centre for Cities Associate (doctoral) – EoI (available starting November 2021)

Applications for Centre Associate are managed in collaboration with the Associate’s relevant academic division and only require a completed application form. This includes the nomination of a current Centre Fellow or Associate as an introductory collaborator to further integrate the new Associate into Centre activities.

While a key part of the Centre mission is to support Early and Mid-Career urban scholars, applications from all disciplines and at all levels of seniority are welcomed. We particularly encourage diversity and welcome candidates from under-represented minorities. Assessment of applications is focused on the strength of the case in particular by considering the articulation of current or prospective engagement with Centre projects and staff, as well as the Fellow’s commitment to research on cities and city governance.

Find summary position descriptions for both Associate categories here:

Melbourne Centre for Cities Associate (faculty) – PD

Melbourne Centre for Cities Associate (doctoral) – PD (available starting October 2021)

Would you like to discuss becoming a Centre Associate more informally? Reach out to one of our current Centre Fellows or email the Centre. Cases of out-of-session applications can be made via a current Centre Fellow or to the Centre Management team.