Dear Colleagues,


Expressions of interest for the 2019 round of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme are now open and will close at 11.59pm on 20 July 2018. For information on the next application round, please visit UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme. <> Prospective PhD students in the field of Development Geographies or similar are urged to apply for the prestigious Scientia Scholarship at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Project Title:

Indigenous communities in disaster resilience: Towards inclusive 'building back better'


Supervision team:

Associate Professor Krishna K. Shrestha

Professor Anthony Zwi

Professor Eileen Baldry




This project examines how indigenous communities experience and manage disasters and in particular the role of indigenous women in disaster resilience in Nepal and/or other countries in South Asia. Disasters have become more frequent and understanding and building resilience is pressing. Current approaches to 'build back better' are important but elusive, and frequently neglect indigenous knowledges. Little work has been undertaken to recognise and mobilise indigenous knowledge and practices of inclusive financing for community resilience. This project will bring together cross-disciplinary thinking to examine the potential for indigenous innovations in inclusive finance to generate policy solutions from the ground up.


The ideal candidate will have a blend of knowledge, skills, interest and commitment to do socially engaged research for inclusive disaster resilience in South Asia, most likely Nepal. In addition to appropriate academic qualifications in finance and/or development, and good research and communication skills, the ideal candidate will be engaged, intelligent and highly motivated to work independently (but with support) around issues of indigenous financing for innovation and resilience. The candidate should have a deep understanding the disaster context and experience of inclusive financing practices in communities, especially indigenous communities. A young Nepali (or other South Asian) indigenous woman with leadership potentials would be an excellent candidate for this project, given experience of prior significant disadvantage and discrimination.


To apply for this project, go to:

Expressions of interest will need to be uploaded through the UNSW Scholarships Portal using the link above.


Scholarship Details:

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a prestigious scholarship package of $50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per annum for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities. Applications from international students are welcome and full tuition fees will be covered by the scholarship scheme in addition to the living expenses noted above.


For details go to:

(The project link can also be accessed from this link using: Strategic Area: Grand Challenges; Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences; Or use ‘disaster’ in keywords)


On behalf of the supervisory team, we welcome your inquiries and application.


Kind regards,




Krishna K. Shrestha, PhD

Associate Professor in Development Studies

Convenor, Master of Development Studies Program


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