​​Dear Geography colleagues

Please see details (below) about a PhD scholarship at the University of Auckland. The project would fit, empirically, within the broad theme of 'community housing', supervised by Prof Laurence Murphy and me. If you are, or know of, an applicable applicant (in NZ or AUS), I'm very happy to have a chat about the scholarship.

All the best

Dr Tom Baker
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography | University of Auckland
+64 9 923 8554 | t.baker@auckland.ac.nz | @tom_a_baker

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Community housing-related PhD (Human Geography) scholarship opportunity at the University of Auckland


Are you interested in researching new approaches and practices in the field of community housing in Aotearoa-New Zealand?


Applications are invited for a three-year PhD scholarship (including living stipend and fees) as part of an international research programme examining ways to build capacity within the community housing sector. 


The programme is titled Community Housing Canada and is led by Professor Damian Collins (University of Alberta) in collaboration with a range of academic and community partners. The programme is largely Canada-based but includes international comparison cases. The PhD project will act as the Aotearoa-New Zealand case.


The successful applicant will develop their project in collaboration with Professor Laurence Murphy and Dr Tom Baker (both are geographers and public policy researchers based in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland).


There is considerable scope to develop the PhD project in areas of mutual interest to the successful candidate, the wider research programme, and the community housing sector. The supervisors are particularly interested in projects that intersect with one or more of the following: (1) innovative financing approaches, (2) innovative models of community housing, and (3) Indigenous-led initiatives (provided an appropriate third supervisor can be sourced).


The successful candidate will have access to a modest research budget, and will have opportunities to build professional connections within the community housing sector and with partners involved in the international research programme.


The project is based within the School of Environment’s Geography programme at the University of Auckland, though living away from Auckland can be negotiated. The scholarship includes tuition fees and a living stipend. In 2020, the living stipend was valued at NZ$28,200 p.a. (tax exempt). The preferred start date for the scholarship is the first half of 2021.


It is expected that the candidate will hold a high quality Honours or Masters degree in human geography, sociology, politics, or a cognate field, have experience or interest in housing (public/social/community), and be able to demonstrate an aptitude for qualitative research. Both New Zealand and Australian applicants are eligible to apply. Applicants from a Māori background are particularly encouraged. Applicants must meet the University’s criteria for entry into a PhD programme.


Please direct any enquiries to Tom Baker at t.baker@auckland.ac.nz.


Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including contact details for two referees) with a one-page cover letter and academic transcripts to t.baker@auckland.ac.nz. Applications will be reviewed from 31 January, but applicants are encouraged apply after that date.