PhD Scholarship Opportunity: ‘Household and community innovations for low waste cities’

Where: School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Deadline to apply: 5 pm, 6th of April, 2020

International students welcome

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded
project Household innovation and the transition to the low waste city
conducted by Dr Ruth Lane, Prof Jo Lindsay, A/Prof Dharma Arunachalm, Prof Rob Raven and Prof Annica Kronsell. The project is designed to provide
solutions to Australia’s urban waste crisis. Long-term solutions require
new strategies to reduce waste generation and, to be effective, these will
need the engagement and active participation of households. This project
examines the capacity for experimentation and innovation in households for transitioning to low waste cities. It integrates studies of demographic
profiles of household waste generation, household low waste experiments and policy rationales and co-design to propose realistic pathways for
decreasing waste generation. The research outcomes are critical for
understanding and supporting low waste transition pathways. The knowledge developed will support urban sustainability transitions in Australia and internationally.

The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the
wider project but will also have their own distinct project to lead. The
provisional title of the PhD project is: Household and community
innovations for low waste cities. The project will explore the connections
between household and community innovations; the ways in which households interact with their communities to facilitate low waste living. For example, this may include initiatives around resource sharing such as toy libraries, or tool libraries, or informal practices such as neighbourhood
resource sharing or composting to reduce overall resource consumption, or
community led initiatives to reduce packaging in commercial retail. The
candidate will be encouraged and supported to undertake a
Swedish/Australian comparison under the mentorship of the Supervisors Dr
Ruth Lane and Prof Jo Lindsay and Partner Investigator Prof Annica Kronsell.

Closing Date: 5pm, 6 April 2020

For details see:

This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality. Successful
applicants will be expected to enrol by 3 August 2020, but there may be
some flexibility regarding the date of commencement.

Enquiries: Dr Ruth Lane, School of Social Sciences,

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