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Call for applicants – MPhil scholarships in urban futures

The Melbourne School of Design currently has an exciting opportunity for three Master of Philosophy (MPhil) candidates to join an innovative multidisciplinary project working towards a local low-carbon future for Melbourne. The project, funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living, supports a partnership between the VEIL (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab), The University of Melbourne and four Melbourne local governments-councils, to explore the potential contribution that distributed (localised and networked) approaches to infrastructure for urban (re)development could make to achieve a resilient low-carbon future.

The three successful MPhil candidates will join a dynamic project team involving PhD candidates, Professor Chris Ryan and Dr Seona Candy from VEIL and experts from across the University. Working with four local councils the project team will investigate the potential for, and the implications of, more localised and networked delivery of energy, water, food, waste, transport, and information systems as models for future urban development and urban life.

Applicants are asked to write a short (1000 word) research proposal responding to a theme of interest relating to the project. Some suggested themes are:

  • Sustainable urban design and resilient infrastructure;
  • Distributed energy, water, food and waste systems in an urban context;
  • Community attitudes to ideas of localised, distributed infrastructure;
  • Use of urban information systems to support distributed infrastructure;
  • Theories and practice of urban transition;
  • Business models and governance supporting distributed infrastructure;
  • Transport and mobility in a distributed urban context.

Applicants are encouraged to also come up with their own project proposals reflecting on this brief.

These scholarships are valued at $30,000 per annum for 1.5 years, with one possible 6 month extension and are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents and citizens of New Zealand. Each candidate will also receive a $5,000 operating allowance to support fieldwork, conference travel, and development. Applicants should have graduated with an Honours or Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the project aims and must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Master of Philosophy in the Melbourne School of Design.


How to apply – 2 steps:

Applicants are asked to develop a short research proposal responding to the project aims to be included in their online application for the Master of Philosophy (MR-PHILABP) by 17 June 2016 and also submit an Expression of Interest for this scholarship.

  1. Instructions for submitting an online application for the Master of Philosophy can be found here
  2. The online Expression of Interest form can be found here


Further reading: Visions and Pathways Research Project:

For further information or questions please email: 

Dr Seona Candy