[Iag-list] PhD Scholarship in Human Geography at the University of Melbourne
david.bissell at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Feb 20 11:30:09 AEDT 2018
The School of Geography at the University of Melbourne is currently advertising a PhD Scholarship in Human Geography for a project that explores how new digital technologies are transforming how people work and move in cities.
The successful applicant will be a full team member of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship grant and will join a cluster of two PhD students who have already been appointed to the project.
I would be very grateful if you could bring this opportunity to the attention of students who you think might be interested. Full details are provided below.
This scholarship forms part of an Australian Research Council-funded project that is investigating how new digital on-demand ways of moving people, goods and services in cities—often referred to as the ‘gig economy’—are dramatically changing the power relations between consumption and production, creating wide-ranging and uneven social, political and economic risks and opportunities yet to be comprehensively understood and responded to. The PhD project which this scholarship supports will be self-contained, whilst also being an integral part of the wider project. There is sufficient conceptual and methodological flexibility within the wider project to enable the candidate to develop an original contribution along an avenue of their choosing relating to urban mobility, labour and technology. Appropriate fieldwork methods, sampling strategy and analytical techniques suited to exploring on-demand mobile work will be developed during the first year of the candidature.
It would be advantageous to have the following skills (or a strong interest in developing them): experience of social science methods (especially interviews, participant observation and archive research), interest and preferably experience in scholarly debates and social theories about cities, technologies, mobilities and labour. Excellent written and oral communication is also required. We encourage applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas to apply: human geography, mobilities research, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, or similar fields.
The principal supervisor for the PhD Project will be Associate Professor David Bissell in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Further supervisors will be nominated for the project according to the specific interests of the candidate.
The scholarship provides a stipend of A$27,094 per year for three years, with a possible 6-month extension. The faculty will provide fee remission for both domestic and international students. The candidate will also receive funding support from the School during their candidature for fieldwork expenses and to attend conferences.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or a Master's degree with a substantial research component, or be regarded by the University of Melbourne as having an equivalent level of attainment; and intend on undertaking a full-time research higher degree from mid-2018 or early 2019 at the latest. The scholarship is open to international applicants.
The successful applicant will be based in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s largest geography program. They will be part of a lively and supportive postgraduate community of over 60 PhD students, and will be an integral part of the Urbanisation and Geographies of the City and Urban Life research cluster. The School has an outstanding research culture, multiple seminar series and reading groups, and it regularly attracts high profile international visiting fellows.
APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
We strongly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their research interests and project ideas before applying, by contacting A/Prof David Bissell via email at david.bissell at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:david.bissell at unimelb.edu.au> or phone +61 3 8344 3889.
Applications must be received by the close of business on Friday 16 March 2018. For full details on how to apply, please visit: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FlrGG0USnCB8PAqi1idYWMEHoPhXdkhL
Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow
School of Geography
The University of Melbourne
221 Bouverie St, Carlton, VIC 3053
T: +61 3 834 43889
E: david.bissell at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:david.bissell at unimelb.edu.au>
Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming Our Cities<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/transit-life> (MIT Press, 2018)
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