PhD Scholarship in Social Science
Monash University School of Social Sciences

PhD Scholarship in Social Science - Household and Community Innovations for Low Waste Cities

Job No.: 612264

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,000 per annum 2020 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: here

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 Dr 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 Dr 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

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus. Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.  This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality.

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


Dr Ruth Lane, School of Social Sciences,

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • An outline for a research plan that responds to the scholarship application
  • A copy of the applicant’s honours or master thesis
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is important that you contact Dr Ruth Lane, prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Dr Ruth Lane, EOIs should be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address: State “EOI-[your name]-Low Waste Cities” in the subject heading of the email.

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

Closing Date

Monday 9 November 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT

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