Technology and Domestic Violence PhD Scholarship

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute, in conjunction with the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe), is looking for a talented student to undertake a PhD focusing on technology and domestic violence.

The Institute has available one scholarship for an appropriately qualified student to commence research in 2016 in this exciting area.

Technology and Domestic Violence

Domestic and family violence is a common hidden problem with major social and health effects on women, their children, young people and men. Technology can be harnessed to abuse others but also as an innovative way to respond to and connect people effected by domestic and family violence to services.  The research will focus on new opportunities in under resourced areas i.e. responding to children and young people in families where abuse is happening, men who use violence in their relationships, family and friends of people affected by family violence. The testing of new models using technology for these populations will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning safety issues, data utilisation and privacy.

About you

You will have an education background in social work, health, psychology, cultural studies, sociology; law; computer science or informatics.

You should have obtained a first class Honours or Masters Degree and you will need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Melbourne’s requirements for a Research Higher Degree candidature and the award of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

About the Scholarship

The Institute is offering one scholarship for a student to undertake research on technology and domestic violence. You will receive an Australian Postgraduate Award, which provides a fortnightly stipend. In addition, MNSI will support the successful applicant with a further $3,000 top-up payment and $2,000 for travel expenses each year.

As a scholarship holder, you will also be a member of the Institute’s Doctoral Academy.

Project Supervision

Depending on the background of the candidate, project supervision could be undertaken across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, the Melbourne School of Arts or Melbourne Law School.

About MNSI

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) is an interdisciplinary research Institute that seeks to examine the challenges and opportunities arising from the increased connectivity between people, places and things. The Institute supports a wide range of innovative research projects that aim to further understanding and utilisation of the networked society.

About MAEVe

MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing the problem of violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration. Preventing and responding to violence against women and children is not the domain or responsibility of any one discipline. MAEVe believes that by working together we can be more effective and innovative in our ongoing efforts to end violence against women and their children.

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How to Apply

Please complete the expression of interest form (below) and send a completed copy, along with a letter describing your relevant background and experience, your CV, writing sample (thesis chapter or publication), academic transcript and academic references as a single pdf document to Fiorella Chiodo: by 5:00pm Friday 14 October 2016.  

MNSI Technology and Domestic Violence PhD Expression of Interest Form

Please note that, if successful, you are also required to submit an application for a University of Melbourne Graduate Research Degree and Scholarship.