Policy and program responses to unemployment in remote Australia: considering alternatives to workfare

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 Zoe Stainesz.staines@uq.edu.au

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. These policies, which include the current Community Development Programme (CDP), predominantly affect Indigenous Australians and have not yielded positive outcomes to date. The project seeks to produce empirical evidence regarding the impacts of these policies, as well as the potential impacts of future alternatives (for example, alternatives to workfare, such as a Basic Income or Job Guarantee). The PhD student would work closely with their advisory team to negotiate the details of their own specific project, which relates to and sits within the scope of the DECRA.

The successful applicant would enrol through the School of Social Science.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. You may also be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship.

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 welfare-to-work or 'workfare' policy approaches, including jobseeker 'activation' and welfare conditionality, and/or alternatives such as basic income or job guarantee would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and the potential for scholastic success.

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

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