[Iag-list] PhD opportunity at UNE

Neil Argent nargent at une.edu.au
Wed Apr 6 10:24:58 AEST 2016

Rural Development and Change PhD Scholarship

An Australian Postgraduate Award PhD scholarship is now available for a
suitably qualified applicant to work with an experienced team of
researchers on the ARC-funded project “Evolutionary dynamics and the
transformation of rural Australia” (ARC Discovery-Project Grant
DP150104580). The research pioneers the application and development of
evolutionary economic geography and staples theory to an investigation of
the transformation of rural south-east and south-western Australia over the
period of the ‘long boom’ of the post-WWII period, through the
restructuring crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, to its current condition. As a
key component of this project, the successful candidate will explore the
explanatory power of staples theory and evolutionary economic geography
concepts (e.g. path dependence, lock-in) in the case study areas of
Kangaroo Island (South Australia) and the Central Wheatbelt of Western

The successful candidates will have a good Honours degree or equivalent in
human geography or a related discipline. Expertise and experience in
demographic analysis, rural community fieldwork and in the management of
large datasets is preferred but not essential.

The scholarship will be offered at $A32 000 per annum, tax free.
Scholarships will be allocated to successful applicants on merit.
Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or
New Zealand citizens. The tenure of the scholarship is three years full
time, subject to satisfactory progress. Generous fieldwork and other
research funding will be provided to the successful candidates.

For further information and discussion regarding the project, candidates
are encouraged to contact Prof. Neil Argent (telephone: 6773 2803; email:
nargent at une.edu.au). All applications, incorporating a cover letter,
curriculum vitae and academic transcript, need to be received by Prof. Neil
Argent by the 29th April 2016. Further details available at:

Neil Argent
Division of Geography and Planning
University of New England
(02) 6773 2803
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