Hi folks

I’d be grateful if you would circulate the following PhD Scholarship opportunity to your networks.


PhD Scholarship (Innovating Urban Governance), School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space , The University of Wollongong


Innovating urban governance: practices for enhanced urban futures

UOW is offering a PhD Scholarship on the theme of Innovating Urban Governance, associated with Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP200100176  (CIs Pauline McGuirk, Robyn Dowling, Sophia Maalsen, Tom Baker).


As cities become more complex, more is expected of urban governance. One significant response  is innovation in how and by whom cities are governed. New roles for the government, business, civic and university sectors are emerging, as are innovations in governing practice associated with, for instance, hacking, co-producing and prototyping, along with new means of financing and new styles of collaborative practice. Little is known about the governance capacities produced by these new governing mechanisms and practices, their effectiveness, inclusiveness and legitimacy, or their ultimate benefit to future cities.


The PhD scholar will be expected to develop and carry out a project that supports the aims of the ARC project to build new theoretical and empirical understandings of the actors, practices and processes involved in advancing urban governance innovations, their possibilities and limits.  The project specifically seeks to build new knowledge to inform urban governance innovation for the Australian context and enhanced capacity to facilitate the future prosperity, wellbeing and democratic inclusiveness of Australian cities.


The project is focused on innovation in four key domains of urban governance: housing; mobility; place-based disadvantage; and environment. The PhD candidate is expected to align with an empirical focus on one or more of these sectors. The research will primarily involve qualitative research.


This is an exciting opportunity to undertake cutting edge research into the opportunities, challenges and tensions involved in contemporary transformations in urban governance in the name of innovation.


The project will be supervised by Prof Pauline McGuirk in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and ACCESS (the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space). The PhD candidate will be supported through the active research programs of ACCESS (https://www.uow.edu.au/social-sciences/research/access/), and have the opportunity to interact with the project team members at the University of Sydney (Dowling and Maalsen) and University of Auckland (Baker).


Scholarship Value

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $28, 092 (2020 rate) per year which will be indexed annually for the duration of the award. The duration of the award shall be for 3.5 years with a maximum possible extension of up to six months (assessed on a case by case basis).


Entry Requirements

To be eligible, a student must have completed a Bachelor Degree in human geography, urban studies or a related discipline with First Class Honours, or be regarded by UOW as having an equivalent level of attainment; and intend on undertaking a full-time higher degree by research by July 2020.



Both domestic and international students are eligible and encouraged to apply. For international applicants, a fee waiver may be available but is not guaranteed.


Application process

Applicants should submit:

to Professor Pauline McGuirk (pmcguirk@uow.edu.au)




Deadline for applications: April  1, 2020.


Informal inquiries about the research can be directed to Prof Pauline McGuirk (pmcguirk@uow.edu.au), while for advice on the application process, please contact social-sciences-research@uow.edu.au.







Professor Pauline McGuirk

DIRECTOR,  Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (formerly AUSCCER)


Head of Research, School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

Faculty of Social Sciences |Building 41  Room 246  

Co-Editor Progress in Human Geography


University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

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