PhD Scholarships: Urban Resilience and Innovation in Melbourne

In the face of growing climate, economic, and social risks, urban resilience is increasingly important. The complexity of these challenges require innovative approaches across government, the private sector and local communities.


The Urban Resilience and Innovation Program at the Melbourne Centre for Cities is underpinned by a strong partnership with the City of Melbourne. We have two PhD studentships available to commence in 2023. The successful PhD candidates will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary team working across the City and the University of Melbourne. Research undertaken by the candidates will support the City of Melbourne to better understand the resilience challenges they face and the opportunities for innovation in policy and practice.

We welcome applications from candidates who bring experience and interests in topics including:

  • Indigenous knowledge, innovation and resilience
  • Food systems resilience (co-supervision with Dr Rachel Carey)
  • Retrofitting cities to improve resilience to climate, biodiversity and public health emergencies (with The Retrofit Lab)
  • Community resilience and disaster preparedness

The candidates will be primarily supervised by Prof. Sarah Bell, with co-supervision as appropriate for the research topic. Candidates will propose their own research topic, which will be assessed as part of the scholarship selection criteria.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Prof. Bell’s research, including her use of qualitative social research methods. Please contact her directly to discuss potential research topics to ensure a good alignment with her research expertise and the Urban Resilience and Innovation program.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including those with a specific interest in Indigenous Knowledge in the built environment, are strongly encouraged to apply and to contact Prof. Bell to discuss their application and research ideas and experience. See here for further information about Indigenous graduate researcher support at the University.

Eligibility: To be eligible for these scholarships applicants must be a Domestic applicant, and meet the Faculty's entry requirements.

Stipend amount and duration: APA rate of $34,400 pa (2023 rate, then indexed). Access to standard fieldwork and conference support.

Other allowances: The Faculty’s normal allowances will be offered to the successful candidate. These include fieldwork funding, conference grants, a computer, office space etc.

Fees: This scholarship is open to domestic/local candidates only (RTP covers fees)

Preferred commencement date for successful candidate: Semester 1, 2023

Application process:

  • Progress to the application form
  • Supply all requested detail, including a research proposal (up to 2,000 words) and current CV
  • Ensure you submit a formal application for PhD candidature through the University of Melbourne application system (application for candidature is essential, and separate to this application for scholarship. Further details regarding eligibility, other requirements and the application link can be found here)

Project Sponsor: Melbourne Centre for CitiesFaculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Research Associations: Melbourne Centre for CitiesCity of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and InnovationThe Retrofit LabCity of Melbourne

For enquiries and further information please contact Prof. Sarah Bell

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