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Monash PhD in Urban Planning and Design

Job no.: 574582                     

Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

Location: Caulfield campus, Monash University

Supervisor: Prof. Carl Grodach, Department of Architecture

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a MADA Research Living Allowance. Current value: $27,082 p.a. 2018 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGE stipend conditions:

The Opportunity

The discipline of Urban Planning and Design within the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University invites applications for a fully funded, 3-year PhD scholarship for commencement in Semester 2, 2018. We seek applications from candidates with a background in urban studies (e.g. urban planning, geography, sociology) and an interest in land use, economic development, urban design, and/or urban redevelopment. The scholarship provides a stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt for three years along with additional research and travel support.

The PhD will work under the supervision of Professor Carl Grodach and will have the opportunity to develop their own research topic around one of three research themes:

  1. critical studies of place-based arts interventions and creative placemaking policy
  2. industrial gentrification, zoning, and alternative models of mixed-use development
  3. international comparative studies of craft manufacturing industries

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in urban studies and will be comfortable conducting spatial and data analysis to understand geographic and historical trends as well as qualitative case study research. He/she should be familiar with debates around urban economic development and urban cultural policy, possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, and be proficient in GIS. Experience or interest in international, comparative work is ideal.

Applicants will be considered provided that they 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. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 15 July, 2018.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Professor Carl Grodach, Department of Architecture Monash University, 61 3 9903 2565 or  

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A research proposal
  • 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 if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of EOI’s:

Wednesday 4 April 2018, 11:55 pm AEST


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