[CLOSED] PhD scholarship: Schools + community + policy

Are you interested in doing a PhD? Come study with us! The Building Connections: Schools As Community Hubs research project is offering a full-time PhD scholarship based at RMIT University. Deadline 9 December 2019.

Building Connections is investigating how best to plan, design, govern and manage facilities to enable schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, to encourage the development of thriving, resilient and connected communities.

The University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) and RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research has been awarded a 3-year Australian Research Council Linkage grant for the project.

The PhD will contribute to the project’s research on how government policies impact the establishment and ongoing management of community hub schools. Case studies will be conducted on community hub schools to identify the impact of policies, both in terms of how policies have been documented and enacted. The objectives and outcomes of Australian policies will be compared to international policies to understand world-best practice in the creation of community hub schools. Applications are sought from candidates with a research and/or industry background in urban planning and policy.

The PhD will be hosted within RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research. The candidate will collaborate with other PhD researchers associated with the project, based in Melbourne University’s ABP Faculty and MGSE. A collaborative and supportive research environment will help develop the candidate as an effective learning environments researcher within and across these discipline specialisations.

The candidate’s main supervisor will be Dr Ian McShane, an expert in urban planning policy related to schools and social infrastructure. The PhD candidate will join a team of leading learning environments researchers including Dr Ben Cleveland (Lead Chief Investigator), Dr Ian McShane, A/Prof Clare Newton and Prof Janet Clinton (Chief Investigators), Dr Sianan Healy (Project Coordinator), and Philippa Chandler (Research Fellow).

The scholarship includes a living stipend of $30,600 (tax free) per annum.

Expressions of interest will be accepted until Monday 9 December 2019.

More Information

Dr Ian McShane (queries only)

ian.mcshane@rmit.edu.au