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PhD scholarship – Sustainable Consumption and Digital Media: examining the role and mechanisms of social communication, learning and social networks in fostering sustainable and energy efficient household practices

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    Dr A Podkalicka
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

•Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
•Stipend of $30,000 (AU) per annum for domestic students or $25,000 (AU) per annum for international students plus one off allowances
•3 year scholarship based at Hawthorn campus

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship based at the Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, Melbourne, Australia, in conjunction with CSIRO.

The PhD scholarship is part of a collaborative project: ‘A “virtual market” for analysing the uptake of energy efficiency measures in residential and commercial sectors’, funded by the Collaborative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL RP3028). The project uses agent based modelling (ABM) to represent consumer behaviour, social networks and their responses to non-financial incentives and barriers in order to better understand, plan and assess different types of market interventions to achieve energy efficiency. See the following link for more details:

This PhD project will examine the role and mechanisms of social communication, learning and social networks in fostering sustainable and energy efficient household practices. The study will explore this in relation to the digital media technologies and internet infrastructure, and the emergent types of knowledge and goods exchange, social interaction and lifestyles they bring about. Some relevant areas of interest include:
• Sociology of consumption in particular how people respond to social and economic incentives and barriers to energy efficient homes;
• Environmental implications of emergent economic and lifestyle models (e.g. thrift, collaborative and ethical consumption, or sharing economies);
• Models of networked and collaborative knowledge production/exchange for sustainability;
• Social processes of innovation to catalyse energy efficiency in the residential sector;
• International and/or local case studies of communication strategies promoting sustainable household practices.

Applicants should have a first-class Honours or the equivalent in the humanities or social sciences (e.g. media and communications, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, economics), demonstrated knowledge and interest in the topic area, and ability to work productively both independently and collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team with researchers and industry partners. Applicants must meet Swinburne’s PhD entry requirements:

The scholarship is for three years and provides a stipend of $30,000 for domestic students or $25,000 for international students, with an additional one-off allowance of $5,000 for travel and research support.

The PhD candidate will be based the Swinburne Institute for Social Research ( and will work within, and be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in media and communications, sociology and anthropology (in conjunction with CSIRO).

How to apply
To start an application click on and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description

A full list of the selection criteria and list of topics is available within the position description

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

To enquire about this scholarship please contact Dr Aneta Podkalicka at [Email Address Removed] or by phone +61 39214 4401.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: PHDSCHOL
Applications close: 5pm, 31 January 2016

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