[Iag-list] PhD opportunity: Rural Geography, Fully Funded Aberdeen-Curtin University Joint PhD

Amanda Davies A.Davies at curtin.edu.au
Mon Nov 26 11:26:19 AEDT 2018

Dear all,

Together with Dr Lorna Philip (Aberdeen University), I am currently recruiting a PhD student for a project titled: The Implication of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Rural Development.

The PhD student would be enrolled in the Aberdeen-Curtin Collaborative PhD Program<http://aberdeencurtinalliance.org/research/collaborative-phds/>. The student would be required to be based at Curtin for 2 years and Aberdeen for 1 year.

The PhD position includes a stipend and tuition fees<https://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/scholarships/scholarship.cfm?id=3646>.

Ideally, we are seeking a candidate with a research background in rural geography or rural sociology (the candidate will need to have completed a research honours or research masters dissertation in rural geography, rural sociology or similar). The candidate will need to be able to independently undertake fieldwork (including surveys and interviews) in rural communities in Australia and Scotland. I would very much appreciate if you could pass this email on to any students/ researchers you think would be interested.

Project specific inquiries can be sent to me at a.davies at curtin.edu.au<mailto:a.davies at curtin.edu.au>

Applications close 10 Jan 2019.

Project Description: The Implications of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Rural Development
It is evident that for rural communities and regions to remain viable diversifying the economic base away from a reliance on traditional agriculture and extractive resource operations is critical. For more than two decades new industries associated with renewable energy production have been identified as having the potential to underpin the sustainable transition of rural economies. Indeed, globally there has been a considerable uptake of renewable technologies at the hyper local scale, particularly amongst the farming communities. Rural residents have pursued individual or small group investments in wind turbines, micro-hydro, anaerobic digesters, solar panel fields and other renewable energy technologies. In some cases, excess power is sold into the National Grids and the funds given to community initiatives or used as a revenue stream to increase the viability of more traditional rural industries.

This study will examine the experiences of rural communities in Scotland and Australia in developing renewable energy operations. The study will examine the geographic, policy, social and economic settings that have shaped investment in rural renewable energy enterprises. Furthermore, the study will seek to identify opportunities for hyper-local initiatives to be up-scaled or used as a model for other communities. The study will use a mixed methods approach, drawing on theoretical and methodological traditions in human geography to examine why the potential synergies between renewable energy policy and sustainable rural development remain mostly unrealised in advanced industrial economies.

Many thanks,


Associate Professor Amanda Davies
Dean, Graduate Research School
Geographer | School of Design and the Built Environment
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