This PhD scholarship is attached to an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery 2023 project. The project aims to identify whether neighbourhood liveability influences mental and physical health and healthy ageing.
What is the role of neighbourhood liveability for supporting healthy ageing?
$33,826 per year for three years
Applications are now open.
One (1) scholarship available
To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must meet the Eligibility criteria and English requirements as described on the How to Apply page, and should ideally meet the selection criteria below:
Key selection criteria:
1) Hold or be currently completing a research degree in biostatistics, epidemiology or equivalent, with a demonstrated research component.
2) Good written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to explain technical detail to non-technical audiences.
3) Previous demonstrated experience with software such as R, Stata, MPLUS, or similar.
4) Previous interest in, or knowledge of, built environment and liveability factors such as active transport, public transport, housing, public open space, education, social infrastructure, or planning, and how these factors might be associated with healthy ageing. If you do not hold one of the qualifications detailed under the Eligibility criteria on the How to Apply page, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience at the discretion of the project lead.
Before applying for the Scholarship, contact Dr Lucy Gunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and establish if your research interests are aligned.
Further details on RMIT University’s research strategy can be found on the Our Research web page.
All applicants should email the following to Dr Lucy Gunn, email@example.com:
Your proposal should be developed under the following headings:
Liveable neighbourhoods include a range of different local services and amenities that are easily accessed through walking, cycling and public transport. They encourage and support more active lifestyles, are safe and support sustainability, include affordable and diverse housing options, public open space, public transport, local education and employment options, leisure and recreation, shops, and local services. Yet, little is known about how neighbourhoods change across time in relation to ageing.
The proposed PhD project is a study of mid to older aged adults and whether their local neighbourhood liveability supports active and healthy behaviours and overall health and wellbeing. Key aims are to identify whether neighbourhood liveability influences health and wellbeing, and healthy ageing; and the extent to which this relationship is modified by individual preferences and socioeconomic disadvantage.
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