University of Adelaide Research Scholarship – Center for Sustainable Operations & Resilient Supply Chains - Kannan

Updated: 5 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 15 Apr 2024

This University of Adelaide Research Scholarships is offered to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing doctoral research in Developing Toolbox for Measuring and Reporting Scope 3 Supply Chain Emissions with ESG perspective.  The successful student must commence studies in Adelaide as soon as possible, and no later than 31 December 2024.

The Ph.D. project explores a critical area of research focused on measuring and reporting Scope 3 emissions within the context of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) perspectives with the aim of developing a toolbox by integrating the following topics: (1) Developing methodologies for accurately measuring scope 3 emissions by utilizing life cycle assessment (LCA) to comprehend the environmental impact of product and services, encompassing emissions throughout the entire supply chain. (2) Development of standardized protocols and frameworks for the assessment and reporting Scope 3 emissions by integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Additionally, exploring effective methods to communicate Scope 3 emissions data to investors and other stakeholders, aligning with broader ESG reporting. (3) Exploring strategies to engage and collaborate with suppliers for enhanced data sharing and joint efforts in reducing emissions and evaluating the role of technologies such as blockchain, AI, and IoT in tracking and managing Scope 3 emissions. Furthermore, developing benchmarks and performance tracking methods for companies to assess their progress in managing Scope 3 emissions. (4) Examining how Scope 3 emissions reporting can be integrated into broader supply chain risk management strategies.


Applicants must be eligible to enrol as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide. The potential candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • The successful candidate should hold a bachelor's and master's degree related to one of the following areas: Industrial Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering with relevance to Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Candidates with a bachelor's and master's degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Information Technology will also be considered, but it will further be required that they also have a strong interest in operations and supply chain management background.
  • Knowledge of optimization solvers and Proficiency in machine learning algorithms and their practical implementation in Python would enhance the qualifications.

Stipend: The scholarship will be for 3.5 years and has a stipend of $34,210 (2024 rate, indexed annually) per annum.  It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. 


Associate Professor Devika Kannan

Center for Sustainable Operations and Resilient Supply Chains (CSORSC)

Tel: (08) 83133616            Email: [email protected]

Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Associate Professor Devika Kannan ([email protected] ) by no later than 15 April 2024, with the name of scholarship in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:

  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of non-English documentation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae

  • PhD Research Proposal (Maximum 5 pages)
  • Copy of published Journal articles (if applicable)

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