Life events and trajectories of later-life loneliness

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.

Supervisor – Dr Jack

The PhD project will be part of an ARC DECRA, which examines loneliness from a longitudinal and life course perspective. The DECRA project will investigate whether the experiences of different life events may render older Australians more susceptible to a sustained path to increased loneliness and isolation. It will also will innovate by moving the analysis beyond the individual level, incorporating characteristics across households and neighbourhoods. The student will work closely with the advisory team to discuss the details of the PhD project, which will sit within the scope of the DECRA.

An additional top-up scholarship of $5,000 is available to the successful applicant. The successful HDR candidate will also qualify to be a student member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, which qualifies them to apply for travel grants of up to $6,000 and attend professional development courses.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of life course theory or methods, sociology, economics or demography would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of social sciences, particularly in sociology, and/or ageing/gerontological issues and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of quantitative analysis of longitudinal, survey data, or experience in quantitative analysis and modelling in Stata, R, or equivalent software is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 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.

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