ARC Roads to the Future: Infrastructure and the New Development in Africa PhD Scholarship

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Mount Lawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 11 Dec 2023

The International Energy Agency estimates that over the next 30 years, more than 25 million kilometres of new paved roads will be constructed around the world, enough to encircle the earth 625 times. More than 90% of these new roads will be built in the developing world, especially in Africa and Asia. In the last two decades, governments across Africa have adopted ambitious new national development plans, which are invariably framed as ‘development and modernization speaks’ and in terms of some spectacular ‘vision’ of their nation’s future development goals. These notwithstanding, there are many unanswered questions on roads in Africa in previous research, which this study will begin to fill, drawing on lessons from Ghana, West Africa.

Important dates
Opens: 18-10-2023Closes: 11-12-2023
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At a glance

This project aims to research new road schemes in Africa (Ghana) in order to understand their economic, socio-political, cultural and public health effects. As global road-building accelerates at an unprecedented rate, especially in the developing world, this project underscores the need for new models for understanding roads' potential economic benefits, geo-political implications, as well as their risks, including their environmental risks. This project will benefit citizens, NGOs, donors and governments, by generating new knowledge about how we have in the past, do at present, and should in the future, engage with roads.

Project Design and Implementation

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council. The project involves four West Australian universities, and five chief investigators, and is designed around a series of discrete, yet complementary, case studies, each of which is examining a single road project.
The successful candidate will work with the project’s Chief Investigator based on our Joondalup Campus, Edith Cowan University — Dr. Kwadwo Adusei-Asante .
The candidate will research and publish on the anthropology of roads in Ghana, West Africa, and on a range of topics relating to the projects of the other Chief Investigators and doctoral candidates on roads in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. The selection of the specific case study roads will be discussed with the successful candidate.

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship you must;

  • meet the PhD admission requirements at ECU;
  • meet university English Language requirements;
  • not have previously completed a PhD;
  • be able to commence in February 2024
  • enrol as a full-time PhD student; and,
  • be prepared to spend considerable time (3-6 months) in different African countries for ethnographic field work, and related duties.

Selection criteria
  • First class Honours or Master’s degree in the Anthropology, Social Sciences or similar.
  • Ethnographic fieldwork and research experience.
  • Experience in quantitative and technical analyses of secondary data
  • Publication track record
  • Demonstrated ability to write research grants application
  • Excellent academic writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team work skills.
  • Evidence of perseverance and ability to work independently, and pro-actively.
  • Knowledge of road infrastructure in Africa is desired but not required.
  • Fluency in an African language (Akan, Hausa, Swahili) is desired but not required.

Terms and conditions
  • Candidates will commit to the project for 3.5 years and must be enrolled on a full-time basis for the duration of the scholarship.
  • Candidate will sign research publication agreement with Chief Investigator.

How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest to Dr. Kwadwo Adusei-Asante . Applications will not be accepted through alternate avenues such as online job sites.

Please ensure the below documents are attached to the email:

  • A concise cover letter that describes your suitability for this position;
  • A copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of your published research;
  • A copy of your academic transcripts;
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (only relevant for applicants whose previous studies were not in English); and
  • Any relevant supporting documents of prior research.

For more information

Questions about this scholarship can be directed to Dr. Kwadwo Adusei-Asante .

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