PhD scholarships available

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs ARC Linkage project now underway. Up to four PhD scholarships are available in learning environments research. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 18 August 2019.

The University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) has been awarded a 3-year Australian Research Council Linkage grant for the project Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs. The project will run July 2019 - July 2022 and will investigate how best to plan, design, govern and manage facilities to enable schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, to encourage the development of thriving, resilient and connected communities.

The research team from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne Graduate School of Education and RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research now invites expressions of interest in up to four PhD positions to be funded by this project.

Applications are sought from candidates with a range of academic and industry backgrounds including urban planning, geographic information systems, education policy, architecture and health evaluation.

We anticipate the PhD projects will relate to at least one of the project’s four major research areas:

  1. School planning, design, governance and management case studies
  2. Evaluating the social and economic benefits of community hub schools
  3. Geo-spatial mapping of community use of school facilities
  4. Local and international government policy case studies

PhDs will be hosted within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne and RMIT University, and supervised by members of the Chief Investigator team. A collaborative and supportive research environment will help develop these higher degree candidates as effective learning environments researchers within and across discipline specialisations. The scholarships include a living stipend ($30,600 tax-free per annum, University of Melbourne and $31,000 tax-free per annum, RMIT University).

The candidates will join a team of leading learning environments researchers including Dr Ben Cleveland (Lead Chief Investigator), Dr Ian McShane, A/Prof Clare Newton, Prof Janet Clinton and Prof Tom Kvan (Chief Investigators), Dr Sianan Healy (Project Coordinator), and Philippa Chandler (Research Fellow).

NB: The scholarship attached to RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is open to domestic students and New Zealand citizens only.


Closing date is 18 August 2019
(Please note this has been extended from the original date of 9 August).

For more information contact:

Dr Sianan Healy
Project Coordinator
Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs ARC Linkage project

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