PhD Scholarship: ‘Household and community innovations for low waste cities’, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded project Household innovation and the transition to the low waste city conducted by Dr Ruth Lane, Prof Jo Lindsay, A/Prof Dharma Arunachalm, Prof Rob Raven and Prof Annica Kronsell. The project is designed to provide solutions to Australia’s urban waste crisis. Long-term solutions require new strategies to reduce waste generation and, to be effective, these will need the engagement and active participation of households. This project examines the capacity for experimentation and innovation in households for transitioning to low waste cities. It integrates studies of demographic profiles of household waste generation, household low waste experiments and policy rationales and co-design to propose realistic pathways for decreasing waste generation. The research outcomes are critical for understanding and supporting low waste transition pathways. The knowledge developed will support urban sustainability transitions in Australia and internationally.


The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project but will also have their own distinct project to lead. The provisional title of the PhD project is: Household and community innovations for low waste cities. The project will explore the connections between household and community innovations; the ways in which households interact with their communities to facilitate low waste living. For example, this may include initiatives around resource sharing such as toy libraries, or tool libraries, or informal practices such as neighbourhood resource sharing or composting to reduce overall resource consumption, or community led initiatives to reduce packaging in commercial retail. The candidate will be encouraged and supported to undertake a Swedish/Australian comparison under the mentorship of the Supervisors Dr Ruth Lane and Prof Jo Lindsay and Partner Investigator Prof Annica Kronsell.


Closing Date

5pm, 6 April 2020


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This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality.


Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 3 August 2020, but there may be some flexibility regarding the date of commencement.



Dr Ruth Lane, School of Social Sciences,



Dr Ruth Lane
Human Geography, School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts,
20 Chancellors Walk
Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton  Vic  3800
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