The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University is a leading Institute nationally researching transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change.

We are now offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work within a research team on the project 'Civic Sinoburbia? New Chinese Migrants and Everyday Citizenship'. The project is funded through the Australian Research Council. The Sinoburbia Project examines everyday, local civic participation in three Sydney suburbs with a high proportion of China-born residents. It focuses on how new Chinese migrants participate in everyday civic spaces in Sydney’s suburbs, assessing the barriers and opportunities they face and examines how local organisations representing everyday civic spaces (e.g. schools, libraries, sports clubs, churches, cultural venues, care facilities and community centres) across different domains of suburban civic life are adapting to and being transformed by the presence and participation of new Chinese migrants.

The PhD project will be based at ICS with supervisors Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson and Professors Ien Ang and Megan Watkins on any social or cultural analysis of the local impacts of Chinese migration in Sydney’s suburbs.

Further information on how to apply:  

Deadline September 30th

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact the Lead Researcher;
Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson:

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School:



Dr Emma Power

School of Social Sciences/ Institute for Culture and Society

Western Sydney University

P: + 61 2 9685 9652


Editor:  International Journal of Housing Policy


Twitter @dremmapower


Recent papers:

Power, E.R. (in press) Mobility-based disadvantage in older age: insecure housing and the risks of moving house. Ageing & Society.

Bergan, T, Gorman-Murray, A, Power, E.R (in press) Coliving housing: home cultures of precarity for the new creative class, Social & Cultural Geography.

Power, E.R. and Gillon, CW (in press) How housing tenure drives household care strategies. Social & Cultural Geography.

Rogers, D and Power, E.R (2020) Housing policy and the COVID-19 pandemic: the importance of housing research during this health emergency. International Journal of Housing Policy, 20(2), pp177-183.

Power, E.R. and Mee, KJ (2020) Housing: an infrastructure of care. Housing Studies, 35(3), pp484-505.

Power, E.R. and Williams, M.J (2020) Cities of care: a platform for urban geographical care research. Geography Compass. 14(1), 1-11.