2018 Monash Two PhD Positions: Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program Monash University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Sciences Australia

2018 Monash Two PhD Positions: Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program


Job no.: 572381

Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Arts, School of Social Sciences

Location: Clayton campus, Monash University

Contact: Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Term: 3 year Fixed term appointment


The successful applicants will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance. Current value: $27,353 per annum for the Faculty of Arts Stipend Scholarship (formerly APA), a faculty top up of $5,000 per annum and up to $7000 for research funding and travel over the course of the candidature. See, http://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/support/stipend


Research Environment

Monash is a university of transformation, progress and optimism. Our people are our most valued asset, with our academics among the best in the world and our professional staff revolutionising the way we operate as an organisation. For more information about our University and our exciting future, please visit www.monash.edu


Monash Arts is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic arts faculties in Australia, with particular strengths in the humanities, performing arts, languages and social sciences. We encourage the development of innovative studies that operate at the intersection of traditional academic disciplines.


The Faculty delivers programs via eight schools and across six campuses, both in Australia and offshore, with courses ranging from undergraduate diplomas and degrees through to postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Monash Arts is justly proud of the research capacity of its staff, who work at the cutting edge in their fields and carry this expertise and enthusiasm into their teaching. To learn more about Monash Arts, please visit our website: www.artsonline.monash.edu.au/


The Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program (PMSI) is an exciting new research-based initiative located in the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts, promoting and facilitating cross-Faculty partnerships within the university. It is constituted by researchers working in the social sciences and other disciplines whose primary goal is to produce high quality research that supports and builds knowledge on issues surrounding migration and migrant settlement, whilst working with Government and the civil society sector to improve the lives those crossing borders, create safe migration pathways and support migrant communities. Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes leads this program of research. To learn more about PMSI, please visit our website: Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program (PMSI)


Project Description


Immigration is an increasing global phenomenon. The need to understand and manage cultural diversity and the associated social and economic impacts are crucial for social cohesion.


PMSI focuses on examining the experiences and attitudes of new and existing, temporary and longer term resident populations in terms of cultural diversity and social and economic participation and inclusion. This program extends to the examination of existing policy and is oriented towards creating future policy opportunities of benefit to the whole community. The exploration is driven by a network of expert academics in this field of research who seek to engage in a cross-disciplinary approach to research using a variety of research methods.


This program comprises multiple and complimentary themes that will structure research collaborations and projects:


Theme 1: The spatial concentration of immigrant groups and consequences for the economic and social life of urban and regional communities.


Theme 2: Temporal changes in social relationships, attitudes and social actions in communities experiencing increases in diversity and/or immigrant concentration.


Theme 3: Understanding the human experience of border crossings, and the implementation of regulatory practice, through empirical examinations of irregular migration and border control at the global, regional and national level.


Theme 4: Negotiating settlement for newly arrived immigrants and experiences of locality and belonging in contemporary Australia.


PhD projects will take a multi method and multi-disciplinary approach and will involve working with government, non-government and industry partners. The successful applicants will work with members of the focus group program and will be expected to advance one of the aforementioned key thematic areas. This PhD project is funded with a full, independent scholarship and PhD students will play in important role in advancing migration research at Monash University.




All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:

  • a bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;

  • a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;

  • a master's degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners' reports will be taken into account; or

  • have qualifications which in the opinion of the Graduate Research Committee are deemed equivalent.


Knowledge and Skills


As our projects cut across various disciplines, we will consider applicants who have majored in sociology, criminology, social psychology, urban studies, demography, human geography or community development. Preference will be given to students with quantitative experience. 


International students are eligible to apply.


Other related information


Applicants must have a driver’s license and an ability to travel.


Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at https://arts.monash.edu/graduate-research/application-process/


Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which include English-language skills.


Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.




Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed in the first instance to Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes via email - rebecca.wickes@monash.edu


Submit an Expression of Interest


Expressions of interest and all accompanying documentation outlined below should be submitted electronically by 5PM (AEST) on Wednesday, February 21 to Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes rebecca.wickes@monash.edu


These should comprise:

  • a cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability for and interest in the position

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of any published work

  • a statement from the candidate explaining their interest in the field

  • a research proposal and methodology of no more than 5 pages (this is at Section 6 of the EOI form ‘Proposed Thesis/Dissertation’)

  • a statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified transcripts and grading systems of each qualifications

  • completed Expression of Interest Form (pdf, 484KB)


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.


Closing date for receipt of applications:


21 February 2018, 5.00 p.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time

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