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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. 

Dr Kiah Smith

k.smith2@uq.edu.au 

Food justice and civil society in Australia: Localising the SDGs through participatory governance

This PhD project will examine the capacity for community ‘food justice’ networks to inform food systems governance and local implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Australia. The PhD will develop an understanding of reflexive governance through an experimental methodology involving qualitative ‘future scenarios’ and civil society in dialogue with policy makers. The PhD candidate will work closely with the CI to will progress theory and practice around appropriate local sustainability metrics, civil society participation and transformation pathways to food system reform.

HONS Class 1 and Undergraduate degree/s in: Sociology, Social Science, Social Policy, Political Science or Development Studies Background in qualitative, participatory social science research methods also required.

*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. 

Professor Jolanda Jetten

j.jetten@psy.uq.edu.au

Breaking with the Past: Responding to the challenges of collective level identity change

Seeking applicants with a strong undergraduate and honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology for a PhD scholarship attached to a recently commenced ARC Laureate project. The Laureate focuses on the psychological processes of identity change (“Breaking with the Past: Responding to the challenges of collective level identity change”), particularly within community, organisational and educational settings. Social identity theory has been demonstrated to be a core theoretical basis from which to understand a range of psychological outcomes, and assessing those longitudinally as people – whether individually or collectively – go through transitional processes of identity change is the essence of this Laurate project. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of social identity theory, and have a motivation to use this theory in novel ways to understand and assess the processes and outcomes of identity change, and especially in applied settings in which real life issues are in need of understanding, and improvement.

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship to undertake a PhD on a project related to the above in Social Identity and Groups Network within the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

The successful candidate will enrol through the School of Psychology.

Honours degree in Psychology

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. 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.