PhD Scholarship in Circular Economy of Fashion and Textiles

The project envisages delving into materials, design, make, user-centric data, disposal/end-of-life options/opportunities and therefore, provide an LCA approach to establish normative definitions for the industry partner. In context the partner industry product range, this research will investigate key aspects of materials, design, and governance issues.

As a means to address unsustainable resource consumption and waste generation in the fashion and textiles industry, the transition to a Circular Economy (CE) has become pivotal in Australia. Transitioning to a CE will require the growth and support of an industry focussed approach.      

This project will involve:  a literature review; followed by quantitative and qualitative research (surveys, interviews/focus groups) with industry, government and research bodies aimed at identifying systematic intervention; followed by an analysis of Product LCA to update, with the final research aim being to identify and reform options and investigate potential mechanisms, processes and organisations through which systematic change can ideally be influenced and achieved.  

Approximately $34,000 Per Annum, for 3.5 Years

30th June 2023

One scholarship available. 

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen 
  • meet host university PhD admission requirements 
  • meet university English language requirements 
  • not have previously completed a PhD 
  • be able to commence the program in the year of the offer 
  • enrol as a full-time PhD student 

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to:

Dr Saniyat Islam: 

The ideal student will have:

  • A Master’s degree in a related field 
  • Research experience in the discipline of fashion and textiles, and knowledge/understanding of the Australian fashion industry, Life Cycle Analysis, environmental protection, product stewardship and circular economy 
  • Collaborative, confident presenter with excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to engage professionally and effectively with industry, government and community representatives 

Please contact

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