The Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) offers a supportive environment for research candidates looking to progress their career into applied social research.
CASR’s strength in these fields is the ability to bridge the gap between scholarship and application. Alongside its record of obtaining nationally competitive grants and producing academic publications, the Centre places great emphasis on working with government, community and industry partners to produce knowledge – and to provide expert advice – that can be immediately applied in the context of policy formulation and service provision.
Find out about the first recipient of the RMIT-VCOSS PhD scholarship, Liz Hudson, and her research into the experiences of people with episodic disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Centre members supervise a wide range of PhD and Masters by Research students.
Research within CASR is focused within four core themes: Social Policy and Practice, Evidence and Evaluation, Social Support and Care, and Social Justice and Social Change. Within these, supervisors in CASR are experts in the areas of:
- Family and child policy
- Domestic violence
- The provision of care
- Human rights and wellbeing
- Policy and program evaluation
- Social research methodologies
CASR's HDR scheme and doctoral associate membership
The scheme supports students within RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) whose research is related to CASR's research areas. The aim of this scheme is to build connections between students and researchers, and to help students prepare for an academic career. In addition, students are able to more formally join the Centre by becoming a HDR Associate Member of CASR. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Support for research candidates
As part of RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, research candidates with CASR have access to:
- A desk and computer
- Free phone, internet, stationery and printing access
- Research skill development opportunities
- Storage space for research data
- Meeting rooms for research purposes
- Defined financial support for research activities
- A suite of research candidate focused seminar and colloquia activities
- Associate membership to School research centres
- Engagement with an ever growing research culture within the School
- A program for engaging with sessional teaching opportunities
- Social activities
Postgraduate research programs
- Master of Social Science (Global, Urban & Social Studies)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Global, Urban & Social Studies)
- What you need to know before you apply
- Information on scholarships for local and international students
Not sure where to start? Then email email@example.com with your name, contact details and a brief description of your proposed research project and we can help put you in touch with a potential supervisor in our Centre. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about applying.
RMIT-VCOSS PhD scholarship
The Future Social Service Institute PhD Scholarlips (formerly the RMIT/Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) PhD Scholarship) aims to generate new evidence to benefit the community services sector and the people who use their services.
The Future Social Service Institute is seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for two PhD scholarships to commence in 2017. Find out how to apply.