PhD Scholarship in Environmental Communications and Media Studies

Updated: 28 days ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 20 Aug 2021

PhD Scholarship in Environmental Communications and Media Studies

Job No.: 623315

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: . A tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) will be provided for a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an Australian Research Council funded project conducted by Professor Brett Hutchins (Professor of Media and Communications Studies and Head of the School of Media, Film & Journalism at Monash University), Professor Libby Lester (Director of the Institute for Social Change and Professor of Media at the University of Tasmania) and Professor Toby Miller (Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University).

The successful applicant will join this outstanding international research team and contribute to the overall project, which investigates the popular communication of environmental messages and polices. The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project by undertaking their own distinct PhD project.

The details of the PhD project are open to discussion and negotiation, but the candidate will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the communication of environmental and sustainability issues, with a particular focus on Australian and/or global sports media. Possible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Protest, activism and environmental claims-making
  • Global mega-events (e.g. Olympics, Paralympics and FIFA World Cups) and the ‘social licence’ to play
  • Climate change and the contestation of sporting futures
  • Technology, innovation and environmental performance
  • Policy communication and global change
  • Greenwashing and sport
  • Environmental change and action in local communities
  • Stadiums, venues and sustainability

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages.

First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel, and conference attendance.

Second, the candidate will benefit from supervision by research leaders in Communications and Media Studies who possess expertise across a range of areas, including environmental media and communications, sports media, digital and mobile media, and news and journalism studies.

Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions can be recognised through co-authorship), funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Caulfield campus in Melbourne. Communications and Media Studies at Monash is diverse and vibrant, and includes internationally recognised researchers who specialise in a range of areas, including digital, mobile and automated media, environmental media and communications, feminist media studies, political communication, critical public relations, and cultural industries and policy. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by widely-cited scholars who are successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Communications and Media Studies or a related discipline. Competence in qualitative research methods is essential.

In its assessment, the selection committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian (or equivalent international) Honour’s or Master’s degree (both in a relevant field), with a significant research component and with first-class honours/H1 awarded.

Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at  Applicants should ensure they familiarise themselves with these requirements before deciding whether they should apply.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by November 2021. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Professor Brett Hutchins, School of Media, Film & Journalism,

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750-words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is important that you contact Professor Brett Hutchins in the School of Media, Film & Journalism, prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Professor Hutchins, EOIs should be sent (preferably in the form of a single attachment to an email) to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following email address .  State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Communication and Media Studies” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Zoom if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Friday 20 August 2021, 11:55 pm AEST


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