Digital Transaction Platforms in Asia

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project seeks to provide a comprehensive and authoritative account of the rapid shift towards digital payments in Asian economies. The successful candidate will examine the technical and commercial organisation of the leading Asian transaction platforms.  A large scale analysis of market and user data across the region is intended to illustrate key trends at scale and provide a comprehensive knowledge base for assessing the implications for Australia, foster multilateral collaboration and develop robust policy recommendations on the digital economy. The candidate will work alongside a team of eight leading scholars, and within a collective approach that seeks to emphasise the significance of cultural, social and economic diversity in Asian markets through detailed case studies of India , Indonesia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. The ideal candidate will have expertise and interest in one or more of these countries, and a commitment to developing a larger regional perspective in this cutting edge area of study.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Adrian Athique

School of Communication and Arts


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of business analysis and an Asian language would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of Asian studies, communication, sociology, anthropology or digital economy and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Malyasia, Singapore, Philippines or Vietnam is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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