[Iag-list] PhD opportunity in public transport at the University of Sydney Business School

Matthew Burke m.burke at griffith.edu.au
Wed Jun 22 09:21:29 AEST 2016

Please note the following opportunity at the University of Sydney as part
of a project I am helping lead. Would suit students interested in transport
& land use relationships with a background in economics, applied
mathematics, civil engineering, quantitative geography or transport



[and apologies for any cross-postings]


*PhD scholarship - 'Funding on the Line' Study*

*Funding Body:*

ARC funded PhD studentship

*Title: *‘Funding on the Line’ is the ARC Linkage Project under which this
PhD studentship is located.  Title of the PhD topic is to be related to
this project (ARC-Linkage Project -LP150100078)

*Research Areas:*

Humanities & Social Sciences; Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


The University of Sydney Business School is offering a PhD scholarship to
work on the ARC funded project ‘Funding on the Line’.  This project is a
collaboration between The University of Sydney, Griffith University, and
the University of Queensland with partners Gold Coast City Council,
Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) Transport for NSW and
Queensland Airports Limited. The PhD topic area will be related to the
funded research which is investigating innovative funding for public
transport infrastructure.  This will include value capture or value sharing
schemes and, in part providing industry and government with new methods to
visualise the shape and timing of increases in land values surrounding new
infrastructure deployment. The overall research will be looking at light
rail, busway, ferry and commuter rail systems in Australian cities. This
project has the potential to revolutionalise the way in which transport
systems are financed in Australia, significantly reducing the burden on
government and making our cities more productive, efficient and liveable.

The candidate will be based in the Institute of Transport and Logistics
Studies (ITLS) within the University of Sydney Business School. ITLS is a
renowned international centre of thought leadership in the crucially linked
areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management.
ITLS focuses on providing impartial, evidence based research on these key
facets of Australia’s economic competitiveness, environmental prosperity
and social wellbeing, with a view to informing the management and policy
directions of industry and government. Recognised as an Australian Key
Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Research since 1995 (in collaboration
with the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University
<http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/civil/research/centres/its>) and with a
partner institute, ITLS Africa
<http://www.uj.ac.za/transport/ITLSAfrica/tabid/12552/Default.aspx>, at the
University of Johannesburg, South Africa (established 2008), we hold the
Australian government’s highest possible rating (ERA 5) for a research
institute – well above world standards.


The scholarship is for a research student interested in a public transport
focused topic that addresses the key challenge of funding in the sector.
The topic area will be developed in conjunction with Professor Corinne
Mulley, Professor of Public Transport.

The applicant should have a strong Honours 1 or 2A degree (or equivalent)
or Masters-level degree. Although any disciplinary background is in
principal acceptable for this scholarship, we encourage applications from
graduates in economics, applied mathematics, civil engineering,
quantitative geography, transport planning and engineering. The research
work will require skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
methods. Candidates will receive research training through the Business
School’s research training program.

The successful applicant will also need to meet the academic entry
requirements and follow the procedures for enrolment in the University of
Sydney Business School Higher degree by Research program (
http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/research/entry_requirements). The award
cannot be deferred once offered.

*Amount awarded:*

The scholarship is valued at $26,288 per annum (tax exempt; adjusted for
inflation) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to
satisfactory progress. The scholarship is paid as a stipend on a
fortnightly basis. This scholarship does not cover any tuition fees payable
by candidates although exceptional candidates may be eligible for
supplementary scholarships (see
http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/research/research_scholarships ). There
are also funding opportunities to attend one conference per year and other
expenses linked to the PhD program. ITLS offers opportunities to engage in
research with academics in ITLS.

*Application guide:*

For further information, contact Professor Corinne Mulley on +61 2 9114 1842
or e-mail corinne.mulley at sydney.edu.au.

Applications should be emailed direct to Professor Corinne Mulley and must

1) Academic transcripts,

2) Curriculum Vitae,

3) Details of two academic referees familiar with your studies, and

4) A cover letter indicating your interests in this research area and why
you consider yourself suitable for the scholarship.

*Closing date: *25th July 2016


*Matthew I Burke*
Associate Professor
[Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Principal Research Fellow]
Cities Research Centre
Griffith University
Bldg N78, Room 3.14
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Nathan  Qld  4111
m.burke at griffith.edu.au
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