PhD Scholarship in Social Science - Household and community innovations for low waste cities, Monash University

Closing Date: Monday 9 November 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT

The Opportunity

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 Associate Professor Ruth Lane, Professor Jo Lindsay, Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalm, Professor Rob Raven and Professor 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. See the project website for further information here

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 Associate Professor Ruth Lane and Professor Jo Lindsay and international Partner Investigator Professor Annica Kronsell.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in social science, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognized through co-authorship), funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Social Science at Monash is diverse and vibrant, including research expertise in geography, sociology, politics and sustainability transitions. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognized scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Social Science. Competence in both qualitative and quantitative research methods is desirable.

Applicants will be considered if they meet the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. In its assessment, the Committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with first class honours or qualifications (including international) and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University. Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at here

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 30 January 2021.


Associate Professor Ruth Lane, School of Social Sciences,



Associate Professor Ruth Lane

Human Geography / School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
20 Chancellors Walk
Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton  Vic  3800
Ph: +61 3 9905 2937  M: 0439 445793  Email:  


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