PhD scholarship in apartment living, green space and wellbeing

Seeking a motivated student to undertake a PhD on the interplay between apartment design, exposure to green space (including views of green/blue space, building communal spaces and public parks) and health and wellbeing.

This PhD is part of an ARC Discovery Grant on creating evidence-based public open space standards for apartment residents (The ‘High Life’ Study). The candidate will work with investigators in Melbourne and Perth to develop a project on the interplay between apartment design, green space and health/wellbeing.

  • $31,885
  • 3 years full-time with a possible 6-month extension.
Applicants must:
  • Satisfy RMIT University’s Doctor of Philosophy entry requirements
  • Have first-class Honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • International applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • First-class Honours or equivalent in at least one of the following disciplines: urban design, landscape architecture, geography, population health, environmental science or a related discipline
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems and statistical software packages
  • High-level research skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in quantitative research or demonstrated capacity for quantitative research.


  • Experience developing/undertaking surveys or participatory planning.

Please submit the following documents to

  • Cover letter outlining interest and alignment with the proposed research, and addressing the eligibility criteria
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • CV (including the names of two referees)
  • Copy of Honours/Masters thesis or a first authored published peer reviewed journal paper.

Applications are open now.

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

As Australian borders are presently closed and unlikely to reopen until late 2021, applicants who are not currently in Australia are ineligible to apply.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Sarah Foster at RMIT and Dr. Paula Hooper at the University of Western Australia.

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

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