Urban Data PhD Scholarship

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute is looking for a talented student to undertake a PhD focusing on the opportunities and challenges of urban data.

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

Urban Data

Cities around the world increasingly deploy varied and multiple data streams — from apps on user-devices to distributed sensor networks — in order to inform better settings for service provision and resource use.  This scholarship is available for a student investigating existing and emergent urban data practices in the context of contemporary smart city agendas.  The research will focus on new opportunities for citizen engagement and the development of new models of planning and governance.  Additionally, the research will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning practices of data acquisition and utilisation, including growing concerns around the effect of growing surveillance and the impact on privacy.

About you

You will have an education background in media/communication, cultural studies, sociology; law; architecture and planning; 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 urban data. 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 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 in the Faculty of Arts, the Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne Law School, or Melbourne School of Engineering.

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.

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: fmchiodo@unimelb.edu.au by 5:00pm Friday 2 September 2016. 

MNSI Urban Data 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. http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/research.