Available Earmarked Category 1 PhD projects

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Projects are grouped into four broad categories, but some projects may be multidisciplinary. The four categories are:

  • Health - Health
  • Science - Science, agriculture, environment and agribusiness
  • EAIT - Engineering, architecture and information technology
  • HASSBEL - Humanities, arts, social sciences, business, economics and law
  • Optimal Fundraising Design in a Competitive Market: A Unifying Framework

    The overall objective of this project is to focus on different motivations and/or theories of giving. Supervisor is Professor Peter Popkowski-Leszczyc. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022.
  • Law and Synthetic Biology

    This project will look at the ways in which synthetic biology is challenging existing legal and regulatory mechanisms in the field of intellectual property law. Supervisor is Professor Brad Sherman. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2025.
  • Discontinued Use of Social Media

    This project aims to gain a better understanding of discontinued use of social media. Supervisor is Associate Professor Sabine Matook. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023.
  • A dynamic model of work-related effort, recovery, and affective well-being

    The aim of this project is to develop and test a computational model of work-related effort and recovery that explains how people recover from work demands moment-to-moment and day-to-day. Supervisor is Dr Stacey Parker. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023.
  • Co-design in Indigenous education

    The aim of the study that this scholarship is attached to is to provide an evidence base and framework for the new co-design approach being implemented across State and Commonwealth Indigenous policy domains. Supervisor is Dr Marnee Shay. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022.
  • Seeing the Black Child

    At the heart of the broader project in which this PhD position sits is the idea that “mainstream” service providers and policy makers generally don’t understand and see Black children in the way that those children are seen in their own communities. Supervisor is Dr Bryan Mukandi. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022.
  • How do humans learn to imitate?

    This PhD will investigate the learning experiences and neural (mirroring) mechanisms that engender infants' ability to imitate. Supervisor is Professor Virginia Slaughter. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022.
  • The Emergence of Brand Name Fruits in Australian Agriculture

    This project will explore the rise of brand name fruits within Australia's food sector. Supervisor is Dr Susannah Chapman. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022.
  • Sensorimotor adaptation in simulated reality

    We are looking for a PhD student to join a team investigating learning in sensorimotor control with a focus on understanding the strengths and limitations of current head-mounted VR systems. Supervisor is Professor Guy Wallis. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021.
  • Theoretical framework for elder abuse to guide social work practice

    This project aims to  develop a theoretical framework to assist heath social workers to effectively assess and intervene in elder abuse. Supervisor is Professor Jill Wilson. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022.
  • Policy and program responses to unemployment in remote Australia: considering alternatives to workfare

    This PhD scholarship is part of an ARC DECRA project, which explores the effects of changing employment and social security administration policies (including 'welfare to work' or 'workfare' policies) in remote Australian communities. Supervisor is Dr Zoe Staines. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021.
  • Reducing social frailty in late adulthood

    The project focuses on social frailty, one of the most troubling and potentially devastating threats to healthy adult ageing, referring broadly to lack of social support or social engagement. Supervisor is Professor Julie Henry. Must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2023.
  • Privately-commissioned public inquiry processes in large-scale mining projects

    This PhD project is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant based out of UQ on privately-commissioned public inquiry processes in large-scale mining projects. Supervisor is Professor Deanna Kemp. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021.
  • “We need to talk”: Social and ethical dialogue around genomics and disability

    This research project will provide a voice for people with disabilities and their families with a key focus on the impact of genomics on the identity of people with disabilities and their presence in society. Supervisor is Professor Karen Nankervis. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021.
  • Ancient Athens at War

    We are looking for a first-rate doctoral researcher to study Athenian politics and warfare before 508 BC. Supervisor is Professor David Pritchard. Must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2021.
  • Beyond global discourses of data: Storying learning in schools

    This project focuses on the myriad ways in which teachers and educators in schools and school systems generate and engage with forms of data relevant to student engagement and learning in schooling settings. Supervisor is Associate Professor Ian Hardy. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022.
  • Life events and trajectories of later-life loneliness

    The PhD project will be part of an ARC DECRA, which examines loneliness from a longitudinal and life course perspective. Supervisor is Dr Jack Lam. Must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022.
  • Redesigning work for crew operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft

    The aim of this project is to identify how work roles should be designed for crew operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Supervisor is Professor Andrew Neal. Must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2022.
  • Attention and Decision-Making: Disentangling early and late processes

    This project aims to investigate an important, newly discovered dissociation between early visual selection and perceptual decision-making. Supervisor is Associate Professor Stefanie Becker. Must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023.