ARC Training Centre – Social Dimensions of Biosolids Innovation

This project aims to better understand and synthesise the socioeconomic dimensions of biosolids uptake in agriculture in order to provide a conceptual framework of potential barriers and enablers.

ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource: ICHDR (PhD): Social dimensions of Biosolids innovation

The project will be conducted in four work packages incorporating literature reviews, broad scale empirical research with potential and existing end-users and other stakeholders, focused research on two value chains, and synthesis and knowledge translation. This particular PhD project will contribute to all work packages and the wider Centre, but focus on mixed methods analysis of an emerging biosolids value chain in Victoria to understand its social, cultural and political characteristics. The particular focus and case studies will be developed in conjunction with the successful applicant, but will analyse existing, emerging and possible biosolids uses and associated stakeholder relations.

  • The value of the scholarship is $32,788
  • This scholarship will be available for 3.5 years.
  • To be accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy at RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, an applicant must demonstrate they have a sufficiently strong background in independent supervised research (typically strong marks in an honours degree with a significant research component), and provide evidence of English language proficiency and writing ability. Please see the PhD (Global, Urban and Social Studies) Program webpage for more information
  • Requirements specific to this project:
  • Applicants need to have a background in human geography, sociology, Science and Technology Studies or another relevant social science
  • Experience in conducting qualitative research on socio-environmental issues.

Email Professor Rickards at with your:

  • Statement of interest
  • Cover letter addressing the desirable criteria
  • CV
  • Academic qualifications

Also see the HDR How to Apply website.

Applications are open now.

1 July 2021.

The successful PhD applicant will be part of the interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Research within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. They will be part of a strong community of PhD students and leading scholars on critical urban issues such as food security, resource use, water management, value chains and climate change. They will be supervised by Profs Lauren Rickards (RMIT) and Matthew Kearnes (UNSW), among possible others, and will be provided with a range of opportunities for professional development and connections to other initiatives and industry linkages at RMIT.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Professor Lauren Rickards via

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