Available PhD projects - Humanities, education, psychology, music, business, law & social sciences

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Project description

Preferred educational background

Associate Professor Marco Faravelli

m.faravelli@uq.edu.au

Experiments in Political Economics

The PhD candidate will work on experiments in political economics under the supervision of the advisory team. S/he will develop and learn to use different experimental economics methods related to lab, online and field experiments. By the end of the PhD, the candidate will be capable of working independently and be an autonomous and integral part of the research team.  

Master/Honours degree in economics.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2020. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

Associate Professor Karen McNamara

karen.mcnamara@uq.edu.au

Working through loss from climate change in the Pacific Islands

This PhD will form part of a broader program of work on loss as part of an ARC Future Fellowship. The PhD candidate will have scope to design their own PhD topic within this broader program on loss.

This broader program seeks to yield unprecedented insights into how people are experiencing and working through loss and grief from climate change. As global efforts to respond to climate change fail to protect the most vulnerable, its impacts will continue to cause grief and suffering through loss of life, wellbeing, place and culture. In-depth understanding of this loss, particularly its non-economic aspects, is limited. This program aims to address this gap. It intends to build a praxis to work through loss to support healing and hope. Outcomes include a novel framework and methodology to explore how loss is experienced in three Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, and Vanuatu), providing new ways of working through loss and grief with communities at the frontline of climate change. The outcomes will inform international and national policy and practice, helping people plan and work through this loss, minimise its harm and have greater hope and agency over their futures.

Masters or Honours (Class 1) and undergraduate degree/s in: Geography, Sociology, Social Science or Development Studies. Background in qualitative, participatory social science research methods also highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

Professor Heather Douglas

h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au

The role of the criminal law in the response to intimate partner violence

This project will explore the role of the criminal law in responding to intimate partner violence. Projects may focus on the application of specific offences and defences including non-fatal strangulation, coercive control etc or defences such as provocation and self defence. Projects focussing on procedural or evidential issues in the context of intimate partner violence prosecutions also of interest. The primary focus will be the Australian context but comparative projects considered. Projects involving theoretical / legal doctrinal research, and/or qualitative and quantitative research of interest.

An excellent degree in Law or Criminology or Sociology required. Excellent English language skills required.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

Dr Hannah Filmer

h.filmer@uq.edu.au

How does brain stimulation modulate cortical processing and cognition?

Electrical brain stimulation techniques have shown substantial promise as tools for studying the brain and behaviour, and for a range of applications including clinical interventions and performance enhancement. However, the physiological mechanisms through which stimulation alters neural activity – and thus behaviour – are unclear, and there is substantial variability in stimulation efficacy across individuals. For this PhD project, an innovative combination of stimulation, behavioural measures, and structural, functional, and neurochemical imaging can be used to ascertain how stimulation affects the brain, and establish key factors predicting individual subjects’ responsiveness. This will allow the development of protocols to increase stimulation efficacy, and advance understanding as to how the brain and behaviour are influenced by stimulation interventions.

Hons degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field. Research experience desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2020. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons. 

Associate Professor Paul Spee

p.spee@business.uq.edu.au

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Dr Anna Jenkins

a.jenkins@business.uq.edu.au

High-impact entrepreneurship: routine formation, process and outcomes

Innovation-led growth will take an increasingly central role in Australia’s economic development. To foster such growth requires an in-depth understanding of high-impact entrepreneurship. To achieve this understanding the research adopts a practice-based approach to gain in-depth knowledge of what entrepreneurs actually do in the process of creating high impact new ventures. As an outcome, how routines are formed and developed to establish and sustain the creation of high-impact new ventures are uncovered; making significant contributions to core areas of management and entrepreneurship research, while providing sound guidance to entrepreneurs, industry and policy makers about the process of creating high impact new ventures.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Business.

Honours or Master’s degree or equivalent

*This project is available until December 2019 unless a suitable candidate is found prior.

Professor Peter Renshaw

p.renshaw@uq.edu.au
Digital mediation of children’s interaction with the more-than-human world

Contemporary society is saturated with digital devices that are transforming children’s play activities, their social relationships and their interactions with the "natural" world. This project investigates how children deploy digital devices to interact with the "natural" world and how this influences their literate practices, emotional engagement and identities. These issues are investigated longitudinally across countries, Australia and Finland, and in relation to key contextual issues of social class, material conditions, and pedagogical approach. Through a children's learning commission on how to use digital devices sustainably, children become researchers of how to mitigate the effects of human activity on the "natural" world.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Education.

Bachelor Honours or eligible Masters degree in Education

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2020. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons. 

Dr Rebecca Olive

r.olive@uq.edu.au
Understanding ecological sensibilities in recreational lifestyle sport

This research aims to understand environmental attitudes and behaviours that emerge through participation in recreational lifestyle sports. Linking the growth of lifestyle sports in Australia and the recent research focus on oceans, this research will highlight how surfers, ocean swimmers and other ‘bluesports’ participants develop relationships to, and produce knowledge about, oceans and coasts. It is interested in everyday cultural practices relating to ethical consumption, including through social media, and will provide key insights for bluesports communities to enable them to make better choices about their attitudes and practices relating to sustainable oceans and coasts. 

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities, Leisure Studies, Sociology of Sport, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please contact the Chief Investigator to check on this project's availability.

Professor Murray Phillips

m.phillips@uq.edu.au
Pride, Resilience and Identity: Reimagining Aboriginal Sport History

This project aims to investigate the links between sport, community and identity in Aboriginal communities in Queensland, NSW and the Northern Territory during the twentieth century (with a focus on Cherbourg, La Perouse, Redfern and Yuendumu). A focus will be on how and why communities, both individually and collectively, engaged with sport, and the meaning of sport in these communities.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

An Honours degree or equivalent background in history or Indigenous Studies.

Please contact the Chief Investigator to check on this project's availability.