PHD Candidature Opportunity (2023)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is offering a PhD candidature opportunity to work within an ARC Discovery Project: ‘On-Farm Food System Shocks: Managing Transitions to Future Food Security’. The PhD candidate will conduct research in the social scientific fields of food and agriculture, sustainable food systems, food security and food waste, predominantly employing qualitative research methodologies. The research project requires a critical, ‘complex systems’ perspective with a theoretical focus on transitions to sustainability.
Organisationally, the candidature is located within the QUT School of Management, Faculty of Business and Law, and the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. The principal supervisor for the advertised candidature is Professor Carol Richards with Dr Rudi Messner as associate supervisor.
The successful applicant must meet the PhD course entry requirements at QUT and will have the opportunity and supervisor support to apply for a PhD scholarship (application deadline: 31 March 2023).
For further inquiry and expression of interest please contact: Professor Carol Richards – Sustainable Food Systems
There is an exciting opportunity available for a PhD scholarship in the resilience of urban food systems with Professor Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the University of Melbourne, co-supervised by Dr Rachel Carey. Applications are due on 31 October.
More information is available here.
Two PhD opportunities are being offered within a new working group, Economic Geography and Globalisation Research at the Institute of Geography.
“Reimagining rural householding, livelihoods, and communities”
WWU are looking for a dynamic and inquisitive PhD researcher to focus on “Reimagining the Economy” through an investigation of traditional and alternative “neo-rural” practices within the region of Molise, Italy. For more information and to apply, please view the full listing at WWU.
“Digital Agri-food Futures in the Mediterranean”
WWU are looking for a dynamic and motivated PhD researcher to focus on “Digital Food Futures” and investigate the digitisation of farming in the Mediterranean. The goal is to develop and conduct a qualitative research study within one or more Mediterranean countries. For more information and to apply, please view the full listing at WWU.
Applications for both positions close 15 August 2022.
A 3-year PhD Scholarship Opportunity linked to the Australian Research Council Discovery Project: ‘Artisanal Making and the Future of Small-Scale Local Production’ is available.
The scholarship is funded to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing research in cultural studies, media and communication studies, or a cognate discipline. The successful applicant will work with researchers Dr Michelle Phillipov (University of Adelaide) and Professor Susan Luckman (University of South Australia) to develop their own independent research project on a subject of relevance to the study, focusing on food and/or craft artisanal sectors. Applications are especially welcome from qualified applicants interested in undertaking research on the role of small-scale and artisanal production in tourism and place-branding in regional economies (especially South Australia, Victoria and/or Tasmania), or those interested in critical analysis of the recent history of ‘buy Australia’ or ‘Australian made’ marketing campaigns.
For further information refer to University of Adelaide Research Scholarships. Applications close 31 March 2022.
There are some very exciting projects happening across multiple universities. Do have a look!
University of Melbourne
Melbourne Social Equity Institute is inviting EOIs for a new PhD scholarship focused on understanding and addressing food insecurity among students in Australian universities. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal skills and experience in social science methods. People with lived experience of food insecurity are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the listing on Melbourne Social Equity Institute.
University of Tasmania
A PhD scholarship is available for the project Social licence and the development of commercial onshore lobster aquaculture in Australia. Supervised by Vaughan Higgins, applicants are encouraged to view the listing on the UTAS website for application details. Applications close 29 October 2021.
University of Tasmania
A PhD scholarship is available for the project Securing a Sustainable Workforce for the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry. Supervised by Ruth Barton, applicants are encouraged to view the listing on the UTAS website for application details. Applications close 30 August 2021.
University of Tasmania
A PhD scholarship is available for the project Using research farms to investigate the adoptability of Industry 4.0 AgTech. Supervised by Vaughan Higgins, applicants are encouraged to view the listing on the UTAS website for application details. Applications close 28 August 2021.
The University of Queensland is funding one PhD scholarship in connection with an Australian Research Council-funded project “The Social Life of Royalties” led by Dr Susannah Chapman (School of Social Sciences, The University of Queensland). The PhD project would suit candidates with backgrounds in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, science and technology studies, or a related field.
The larger study, to which the PhD project is attached, will explore changes in intellectual property protection for plants in Australia and how these shifts are influencing practices of audit, traceability, and ownership in agricultural supply chains for grains and fruits. Congruent with some of these changes has been the rise of new branding practices for fruit. The successful PhD applicant will develop a project that explores the rise of brand name fruits within Australia’s food sector and its relationship to emerging relations of food production and/or consumption, including novel forms of commodification, audit, marketing, and signification. It is envisaged that this project would use a mixture of ethnographic and archival research.
The successful PhD applicant will be based in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. More information about how to apply can be found at: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/phd-scholarships-humanities
There is considerable flexibility in the focus, scope, and methods of project that the successful applicant can develop. Prospective applicants should feel free to contact Susannah Chapman if they have questions.