Established by the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester in 2019, the Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson Scholars are a collective of international researchers comprised of joint PhD candidates and their supervisors from both universities. Collaborative research teams investigate issues in a variety of areas across the sciences and the humanities.
Candidates who are part of the Cookson Scholars receive an immersive experience alongside a diverse and motivated cohort of researchers. They are mentored by global experts, learn how to adapt to new cultural and research environments, and gain access to the best facilities and resources at both universities.
Our partner: the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is a leading public research university located in Manchester, the United Kingdom. With roots in the civic university movement of the 19th century, it is today a part of the Russell Group of universities in the UK. Social impact is the core driver of research at the University. It is ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021 and its five research beacons – advanced materials, biotechnology, cancer, energy and global inequalities – are formulated around the world’s most pressing challenges.
The Melbourne-Manchester research group is currently recruiting candidates for several Cookson Scholar projects. See these and other International Joint PhD opportunities with the University of Melbourne and our global partners.
Creative economy entrepreneurs and market research
The creative economy encompasses industries such as advertising, architecture, the arts, designer fashion, and more. The creative economy is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity, with many startups in the field finding great success. However, as a whole, failure rates for new ventures in the creative economy remain high. This is the case despite the heavy use of market research and market validation methods amongst entrepreneurs in this field. After all, proving that customers want your product is a fundamental principle of entrepreneurship. But why is this the case? This project aims to understand how creative economy entrepreneurs and corporate innovators use (and omit) market research in the creative economy.
About Isabel Clifton Cookson
Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson (1893-1973) was a pioneering Australian palaeobotanist. She received her first-class honours in biology and zoology from the University of Melbourne. After graduating she received a government research scholarship to study flora in the Northern Territory, and then travelled to England to work alongside Professor Lang, a specialist in fossil plants at the University of Manchester.
During her 58-year career she authored and co-authored 93 scientific publications, and her papers on fossil plants are said to have helped to shape theories of early plant evolution.
Meet our academic lead
Dr Suzie Sheehy is the academic lead of the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group. She is a physicist, academic and science communicator based at the University of Melbourne, where she is a Senior Lecturer in Accelerator Physics and at the University of Oxford, where she holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Dr Sheehy’s research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy.
Search current opportunities
Search for any current International Research Training Group joint PhD opportunities.
How to apply
Once you’ve identified a joint PhD project that you’re interested in, you can apply to the Melbourne Manchester graduate research group (Cookson Scholars).
Please be in touch with the IRTG co-ordinators with questions.
Explore Cookson Scholar projects currently underway
Relationship between auditory processing, speech processing, language processing, and cognitive abilities in typically developing children
This project will investigate the causes of listening difficulties in typically-developing school-aged children.
Epigenomic monitoring of residual disease in melanoma using liquid biopsies
This research project will investigate the potential of circulating tumour DNA to monitor melanoma management and its potential for personalised treatments.
Creative economy entrepreneurs and market research
A research project exploring how creative economy entrepreneurs use and omit market research.
Differentiating the causes of observed listening deficit in children
To develop a combined approach, in conjunction with cognitive test scores, to better understand the cause of listening deficit in children.
A water-abundant urbanism? The new urban water profiles of Beijing and Tianjin
A research project exploring water flows and use in the water-scarce northern Chinese megacities Beijing and Tianjin.
Hygienic citizenship: Shifting cultures of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation
A research project exploring current and emerging patterns in practices of cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation in Beijing and Tianjin,
Improving energy outputs from flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters
This project will investigate 3D printing to produce fluoropolymers with nanomaterials that impart different electrostatic interactions to produce increased piezoelectricity.
A novel graphene and silicon nano-particle hybrid anode material for Li-ion batteries
This project will develop novel graphene and silicon nanoparticle hybrid anode for Li-ion and Li-S batteries.
Assembling China’s Aid/Development Practice Through Mobile Policy ‘Sharing’ Of Chinese Special Economic Zones Along The Belt And Road
This project will explore elements and impacts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s special economic zones.
Resolving the spatiotemporal events controlling effector T cell responses during malaria
This project is looking for new strategies to therapeutically reinvigorate CD4+ T cells during malaria.
Development of advanced porous materials and processes for hydrogen/methane separation under the natural gas pipeline conditions
This project explores how to develop efficient technologies to separate H2 from H2/CH4 pipeline mixtures at low temperatures.
Mycocyclosin-based photoaffinity probes
This project will explore the molecular target of mycocyclosin to develop new targets for anti-TB drugs creation.
Standardising carbon neutrality in delivery of complex projects
This project will explore which combination of decarbonisation strategies offers the best trade-off between operational emissions, embodied emissions and cost.
Microscale fluid dynamics around coral surfaces
This project will develop a new biophysical approach to coral studies, integrating mathematical modelling, numerical simulations and lab-on-chip experiments.
Making up the global city: the financing and governing of urban infrastructural futures
This project will seek to understand the ‘global’ aspirations of urban actors and how these are materialised through transport infrastructure projects.
Identifying cellular and physiological factors associated with sub-clinical ocular inflammation and discomfort
This project will investigate the diurnal features of ocular surface immune cells.
Creative industry policy transfer to Asian countries: Exploring the role of UNESCO and the British Council
This project is considering the global spread of cultural and creative industry policy.
Nanostructured membranes for selective toxic gas separation
This project will focus on the preparation and characterisation of novel polymers and polymer nanocomposites
Cloud-aerosol-meteorology interactions in shallow convection: Comparing the Southern Ocean against the North Atlantic
This project will characterise the properties of shallow convective clouds to examine how they vary under different conditions.
Precipitation in shallow convection: Comparing the Southern Ocean against the North Atlantic
This project seeks to understand precipitation characteristics and processes over oceans, with a focus on open and closed MCC systems.
A novel future ion therapy accelerator
This project will conduct a study of a compact accelerator that offers rapid variation of p, He and C ions in a single accelerator.
The Sino-Japanese infrastructural rivalry in Kenyan port cities: a (geo)political ecology of competing regimes of production of spaces and mobilities
This project will conduct a comparative study of specific infrastructure projects in two Kenyan port cities.
Real-life benefits of hearing-preservation cochlear implantation (HPCI) in children
This project will research and measure the benefits of preserved acoustic hearing in children with cochlear implants.
Multi-criteria Automatic Algorithm Configuration under Streaming Problem Instances
This project will assist in the development of new and improved automated configuration tools.
Selection and Management of Groundwater Arsenic Remediation Approaches for Improved Water Security in Northern India
This project will develop robust selection criteria and management techniques for remediating groundwater pollution in Northern India.
Precision water and nutrient management to support sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems
This project will develop new data-driven methods to manage the input of water and nutrients in farming.
Safeguard or Constraint? An ethical analysis of the Criteria for the Treatment of Gender Diverse Minors
This project will analyse the ethical issues surrounding minors’ eligibility to access to gender affirming treatment.
Physical activity pre- and post-total knee replacement, using NHS and consumer health and fitness tracker data
This project will assess the impact of total knee replacement theory on mobility by leveraging the technology of fitness trackers.
First published on 31 March 2022.
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