[csaa-forum] UOW PhD scholarship -- please circulate

Glen.Fuller Glen.Fuller at canberra.edu.au
Fri Mar 15 07:52:51 ACST 2019

Students are invited to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy scholarship for a student to work on the topic of cycling and traffic congestion.


This scholarship forms part of a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project investigating cycling as a potential fix for Australia's growing traffic congestion problem, using Sydney and surrounds as primary case material. The project aims to offer new knowledge about why commuter cycling has failed to increase at a time when leisure cycling is growing exponentially. The project seeks to provide evidence about what cycling enables people to achieve through the analysis of the meanings and experiences of people who cycle in congested cities like Sydney. The PhD project which this scholarship supports will be an integral part of the wider project but is self-contained. The successful candidate will build upon critical theory that offer insights to everyday experiences and draws upon mixed research methods to make an original contribution along an avenue of their choosing relating to cycling and traffic congestion.


It would be advantageous to have the following skills (or a strong interest in developing them):  experience of social science methods (especially interviews, participant observation, mobile methods, sensory ethnography and archive research), interest and preferably experience in scholarly debates and social theories about cities and mobilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills are mandatory. Visual representation and digital literacy skills would be an advantage. We encourage applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas to apply: human geography, cultural studies, anthropology, physical cultural studies, mobilities research, urban studies, sociology, or similar fields.


The principal supervisor for the PhD Project will be Professor Gordon Waitt in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Further supervisors will be nominated for the project according to the specific interests of the candidate and may include scholars that are integral part of the ARC DP project: Associate Professors Tess Lea (University of Sydney), Glen Fuller (University of Canberra) and Professor Ian Buchanan (University of Wollongong).


The successful applicant will be based in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, one of Australia's largest geography programs. They will be part of a lively and supportive postgraduate community of over 20 PhD students, and will be an integral part of the Australian Centre for Culture, Society and Space (ACCESS). The School has an outstanding research culture, seminar series, and it regularly attracts high profile international visiting fellows.


Applicants should submit:

1.         A cover letter; a short proposal outlining the research project, a CV and relevant academic transcripts to Professor Gordon Waitt, email gwaitt at uow.edu.au

2.         A full Higher Degree Research (HDR) admission application, available at https://www.uow.edu.au/apply/index.html

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their research interests and project ideas before applying, by contacting Professor Gordon Waitt via email at gwaitt at uow.edu.au or phone +61 42 213684.

The scholarship is for three and a half (3.5) years full-time for doctoral candidates and two (2) years for Master of Philosophy with a stipend of $AUD 27,596 pa (tax free and indexed annually).

conditions for application
Applications are invited from

  *   Students who will be commencing their Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Wollongong in mid-2019; or early 2020 at the latest.
  *   Applicants are expected to commit to full-time study and have the capacity to be based at the Wollongong campus.

Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or a Master's degree with a substantial research component, or be regarded by the University of Wollongong as having an equivalent level of attainment.

Applicants are required to write a short proposal outlining a research project (2-3 pages) on the broad topic of cycling and traffic congestion, summarising their project's aims, methods and potential contribution to academic literature/policy debates.
The application should be attached to an EMAIL sent to Gordon Waitt gwaitt at uow.edu.au<mailto:gwaitt at uow.edu.au>. Please format as a single document (pdf or word doc) that includes cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, copy of academic transcript, a brief research proposal (3 pages maximum) and contact details for 2 referees.
Submit application or for any enquiries email: gwaitt at uow.edu.au<mailto:gwaitt at uow.edu.au>

Closing Date: 31 May, 2019

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