2x Fully Funded PhD Scholarships on Cities, Mobilities, Labour and Technologies at University of Melbourne

The School of Geography at the University of Melbourne is looking for two outstanding scholars for full time PhD scholarships to work on a project that is exploring how new digital technologies are transforming how people work and move in cities.

Project description

These PhD scholarships form part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project that is investigating how new digital on-demand ways of moving people, goods and services in cities—often referred to as the ‘gig economy’—are dramatically changing the power relations between consumption and production, creating wide-ranging and uneven social, political and economic risks and opportunities yet to be comprehensively understood and responded to.

The PhD projects which these scholarships support will be self-contained, whilst also being an integral part of the wider project. There is sufficient conceptual and methodological flexibility within the wider project to enable the candidates to develop an original contribution along avenues of their choosing relating to urban mobility, labour and technology. Appropriate fieldwork methods, sampling strategy and analytical techniques suited to exploring on-demand mobile work will be developed during the first year of the candidature.

Supervisors

The principal supervisor for the PhD Projects will be Associate Professor David Bissell. Dr Ilan Wiesel will be secondary supervisor. Further supervisors will be nominated for each project according to the specific interests of the candidates.

Skills required

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 and archive research), interest and preferably experience in scholarly debates and social theories about cities, technologies, mobilities and labour. Excellent written and oral communication is also required. We encourage applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas to apply: human geography, mobilities research, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, or similar fields.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must have completed (or be completing in 2017) a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or a Master’s degree with a substantial research component, or be regarded by the University of Melbourne as having an equivalent level of attainment; and intend on undertaking a full-time research higher degree in 2018. The scholarships are open to both domestic and international applicants.

Support

The candidates will receive a stipend of A$26,916 per year for three years, with a possible 6-month extension. Candidates will also receive funding support from the School during their candidature for fieldwork expenses and to attend conferences.

Research Environment

The PhD candidates will be based in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s largest geography program. They will be part of a lively and supportive postgraduate community and will be an integral part of the Urbanisation and Geographies of the City and Urban Life research cluster. The School has an outstanding research culture, multiple seminar series and reading groups, and it regularly attracts high profile international visiting fellows.

How to Apply

Full details and information on how to apply can be found here: https://goo.gl/bRXRRm

Deadline

Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 6 October 2017.

Further information

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their research interests and project ideas before applying, by contacting David Bissell via email at david.bissell@unimelb.edu.au or phone +61 3 8344 3889.

Living apart together: how mobile work is transforming home

David Bissell, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Anne Baker, Kristal Coe

This project aims to provide important information about how mobile work is transforming Australian homes. Mobile working practices – where the labour force is away from their homes for days, or even weeks, at a time – are an increasingly essential but under-explored part of Australia’s economy. However, the social impacts on personal and family wellbeing are not well understood. This project aims to investigate the changes wrought by different sorts of mobile work on household life in Australia, with specific attention to personal and family wellbeing. It plans to undertake qualitative research with stakeholders and households to identify the kinds of multifaceted support that might be required for this practice to flourish without negative impacts.