PhD Scholarship: Resilient Melbourne, Resilient Communities

This scholarship supports a PhD candidate to undertake research on resilience in metropolitan Melbourne.

In the face of growing climate, economic and social risks, fostering social cohesion within local communities and neighbourhoods is increasingly important.

Communities with strong connections are known to recover faster and more fully from shock events. In metropolitan Melbourne, rapid growth and entrenched development models have resulted in new communities forming at unprecedented rates and with significant pressures and stresses on residents.

Resilient Melbourne, which was originally instigated by a grant from 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, is exploring this challenge through partnerships with five development sites that are seeking to enhance community resilience through the built form and innovative models of social engagement.

Research undertaken through this scholarship will support Resilient Melbourne to understand resilience outcomes achieved, and what else might be possible, through the lens of these sites and beyond. The research may further identify implications for policy and practice if concepts of resilience are to be a priority for future planning and property development across metropolitan Melbourne.

Stipend amount and duration: APA rate of $31,200 pa (indexed), plus annual stipend top-up of $5,000. Access to standard fieldwork and conference support.

Other allowances: The Faculty’s normal allowances will be offered to the successful candidate. These include fieldwork funding, conference grants, a computer, office space etc.

Fees: This scholarship is open to domestic/local candidates (RTP covers fees) only.

Preferred commencement date for successful candidate: Semester 2, 2020

Selection process for EOI – Information required in addition to formal application:
An eligibility check for entry to the University of Melbourne PhD program is the first step in this EoI process. A CV and academic transcripts with grades must be submitted, and eligible applicants will then be invited to submit a research proposal which will be considered by both the Faculty and Resilient Melbourne. Applications close 30 June 2020.

Expressions of interest can be lodged at:

Project Sponsor: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Research Associations: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Future Cities Cluster, Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation, Resilient Melbourne (City of Melbourne)

For enquiries and further information please contact MSSI's Executive Officer Janine Campbell at

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