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 Australia.       

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: 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