PhD in Infrastructure Governance

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 13 Feb 2022

PhD in Infrastructure Governance

Job No.: 630236

Faculty/Portfolio: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (MADA)

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Liton Kamruzzaman

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $30,000 per annum for 3 years, and applicants who are not Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or New Zealand Citizens will receive a Tuition Fee Scholarship of $34,100 per annum for the duration of their candidature if required. There may also be opportunities for suitable students to enhance income as sessional academic. International candidates need to secure their own flights, support their own relocation and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) costs.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals (domestic/international) for a PhD scholarship jointly funded by the Henry Halloran Trust and the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

The PhD project focuses on infrastructure governance and is built on the overall theme of the Infrastructure Governance Incubator funded by the Henry Halloran Trust. Infrastructure plays a critical role in shaping urban form, influencing social and economic well-being of citizens, and building healthy and inclusive societies. The incubator examines the broader governance aspects of infrastructure planning, with a focus on Australian cities. The PhD project aims to contribute to this overall project, but with a flexibility to develop an independent research enquiry. Specific thematic areas that the PhD project may focus on include (but not limited to):

  • Micro-infrastructure governance
  • Big data: big insights for infrastructure governance?
  • Technology enabled citizen participation in infrastructure planning
  • Infrastructure and strategic planning: do we really need the marriage?
  • Infrastructure governance models in time of crisis
  • Political economy of infrastructure planning and funding
  • First Nations voices and infrastructure governance
  • Social legitimacy of infrastructure governance
  • Fragmented infrastructure governance structure

The PhD candidate will be based in Urban Planning and Design (Department of Architecture) at MADA as well as a part of the larger team involved with the Infrastructure Governance Incubator that works collaboratively across three universities in Australia including Monash University, University of Sydney (Associate Professor Tooran Alizadeh), and University of Melbourne (Associate Professor Crystal Legacy). This collaboration provides a unique opportunity for the candidate to be connected with leading researchers in the field.

MADA is well-known internationally for its practice-based research. The Faculty is the home of state-of-art research facilities (e.g. iHub , AR/VR) distributed across its iconic research labs including Monash Urban Lab , Emerging Technologies Research Lab , Mobility Design Lab , Informal Cities Lab , XYX Lab , and Design Health Collab . MADA places a great emphasis on intra- and cross-faculty collaboration (e.g. Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology) to foster multidisciplinary research. Urban Planning and Design (UPD) at Monash University began its journey in 2018 with a strong vision to be a leader in planning and design research. In a short time, Monash UPD has been successful in securing several competitive research grants (including ARC and NHMRC) signifying its supportive research environment and collegial culture. It has developed strong connection with international/national research communities, governments, and practices; evidenced by the hosting of research visitors, editorial roles of its staff members, collaborative research outputs, studio-based teaching philosophy, and students’ placement.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to both domestic and international applicants.

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in infrastructure planning, urban planning, geography, civil engineering or related discipline. Skills or experience in spatial and statistical analyses (as well as in qualitative data analysis) would be viewed favourably.

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at,-design-and-architecture-1322 .

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol in the first quarter of 2022.

Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • A short research proposal focusing on any of the thematic (or related) areas listed above according to the guidelines provided below
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency, where applicable
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at: .

EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to .

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype/Zoom if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Associate Professor Liton Kamruzzaman ( ) or MADA Post Graduate Research Office ( .

Closing Date 

Sunday 13 February 2022, 11:55pm AEDT

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