Ageing in and through Data: What data can tell us about ageing

This PhD scholarship is attached to an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project. The project will utilise ethnography, data visualisation and also creative practice interventions to examine ageing in and through data.

Increasingly, in a data saturated world, we are wanting to age in place—that is, at home (WHO 2018). As the first generation to age in a data-rich world, this leads us to ask: What insights can data (i.e. computational information) give us about ageing, ageing well and ageing in place? And what experiences does the data not capture and why?

We are seeking applicants interested in media studies, creative practice communication design, digital ethnography and codesign to undertake a PhD examining the relationship (and gaps) between data and ageing well in place.

The University will fund the Scholarship for a fixed term of 3 years offering a stipend of $33,826 per annum pro rata (full-time study).

20 December 2022

Upon approval of a successful application

One scholarship available.

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing: 

  • a Master by research
  • a Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • a Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • a 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible. 

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact Larissa Hjorth and establish if your research is aligned.

Further details on RMIT University’s research strategy can be found here

All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth,

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a one-page research proposal. The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection. Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:
  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research.

This project will explore the link between data, technology and ageing well—specifically, the opportunities and challenges for data to support healthy ageing. With a growing crisis in access to quality aged care, this research will provide vital evidence on how technology can most effectively assist Australians as they age in their own homes. The research will provide social, cultural and technological insights into Australians’ experience of ageing, identifying ways that technology can assist older people in areas of mobility and healthcare to social connection and security.

The findings will inform new models for ageing well—especially in the home—raising public awareness around the implications of ageing in a system and culture where all information is rendered data. Online documentaries and art exhibitions will bring to light lived experience lessons. The research, created with and for older Australians, will be shared with key industry (i.e. healthcare workers and organisations), policy makers and government to create lived-experience informed processes for sustainable ageing.  

Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth,

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.