PhD Scholarship in social and policy dimensions of the Circular Economy in construction and demolition

Multidisciplinary research project funded by The ARC ITRH for Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS)

One doctoral scholarship is available for outstanding applicants to work on a multidisciplinary research project funded by The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS). The TREMS project is a collaboration between RMIT University, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, LGAs, and Municipal Association of Victoria.

  • $31,885 per annum for three years with the possibility of a six-month extension.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must: Have a Master by Research degree; or a Master by Coursework degree with a significant research component graded as high distinction or equivalent; or an Honours degree achieving first-class honours in Social science or another suitable field. Preferred applicants: Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or onshore international applicants.


To apply, please submit the following documents to Prof. Ralph Horne and Dr. Bhavna Middha.

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page cover letter briefly outlining your interest in the project
  • Evidence of research ability: A digital copy of a Master’s or Honours’ thesis; and a digital copy of academic transcripts
  • A CV including any publications, awards, and relevant professional experience

Applications are now open.

Application will close when the PhD candidate is selected.

The social and policy aspects of the Circular Economy (CE): This PhD project will examine the complex interplay of policies and infrastructure that shape waste in B2B situations in construction and demolition. The PhD will explore how prevailing practices around products or services offered through CE are perceived, and therefore provide the potential for change. There is a need to draw upon interpretive social science epistemologies and methodologies to capture and understand how users and stakeholders engage with the ideas and examples of sustainable processes and products that consider a broad array of contextual, social, economic, and cultural factors. Based at RMIT University, this candidate will be supervised by Professor Ralph Horne and Dr Bhavna Middha.

For further inquiries please contact Prof. Ralph Horne or Dr. Bhavna Middha.

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