PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Smart City Living Labs

AUSCCER and the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities have an exciting PhD Scholarship opportunity for someone interested in research on urban experimentation and the Smart City, supervised by Professor Pauline McGuirk.

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PhD Scholarship opportunity: Urban quality of life

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in critical cultural approaches to urban quality of life.

Urban ‘quality of life’ and related concepts of ‘wellbeing’ and ‘liveability’ have become prevalent in planning and policy circles, usually when benchmarking cities against a variety of economic, environmental and social indicators. This PhD represents an opportunity to critically engage with and broaden the urban quality of life research agenda by examining the concept as a contingent and emergent property of everyday life, co-constituted through the interactions of individuals with the material spaces of the city. It is envisaged that the project will deploy a mix of qualitative methods and digital mapping technologies in ways that can account for the nuanced and varied nature of everyday urban life. Specific areas of interest are open and could include for example: mobility, temporality, perceptions of amenity or human-environment interactions. Continue reading

PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Enhancing Resilience of Aged Care Systems to Climate Change: Retrofitting Buildings and Sociocultural Systems

PhD Scholarship Opportunity $AUS24 653 per year (3 years max)

Enhancing Resilience of Aged Care Systems to Climate Change: Retrofitting Buildings and Sociocultural Systems
With ageing and urbanising populations in affluent countries, and rising costs of care, it is urgent to enhance the resilience of aged-care systems to climate change. Climate change has a number of connected implications for aged-care, including increasing energy costs in heating and cooling, and the vulnerability of elderly people to extreme weather events such as heat waves. The aged care sector is under increased pressure to become more environmentally sustainable yet meet regulatory standards that often demand increased use of energy for lighting or heating/cooling. The broad project aim is to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental resilience of aged-care facilities by retrofitting buildings and sociocultural systems.

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