PhD project on youth in India at School of Geography, University of Melbourne, commencing August 2017 (with some flexibility)


We are advertising a funded PhD (stipend, fieldwork costs and some conference funding) as part of a the project ‘Be the change you want to see: Youth social geographies in India’, funded by the Australian Research Council. 


Thesis topic:

Understanding the social action of young people in north India (field site in Uttar Pradesh or Uttarakhand) with particular reference to the idea of “prefigurative politics”, popularly understood as “being the change you want to see in the world.”  


Supervisors:  Dr. Jane Dyson (School of Geography, University of Melbourne), and Professor Craig Jeffrey (Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne)

Skills required: experience of social science methods (especially interviews and participant observation), interest and preferably experience of South Asian society and scholarly debates , interest in youth studies, ability in Hindi or capacity and willingness to learn Hindi.


We would encourage students with excellent skills in one or more of the following areas to apply: human geography, anthropology, South Asian studies, youth studies.

For any information about this research project, contact Craig Jeffrey ( or Jane Dyson (



Dr Jane Dyson


School of Geography

University of Melbourne

221 Bouverie St

Carlton 3010 VIC