PhD Scholarship: Wealth from Waste CSIRO research cluster

Award Title

PhD Scholarship: Wealth from Waste CSIRO research cluster

Faculty/ School

Faculty of Arts, Geography, Environment and Sustainability Program


Clayton Campus, Melbourne

Type of

Stipend (living allowance)


PhD: 3 years with a possible 6 month extension

(2014 rate)

$25,392 per annum


The scholarship is available to Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and international applicants.

Only H1 or H1 equivalent applicants will be considered for this scholarship.

Applicants who do not hold a H1 qualification may be eligible if their qualifications and/or research experience are deemed ‘H1 Equivalent’.

More information: H1 Equivalence Procedures on the MIGR site.

The successful candidate will have an excellent academic track record, (a bachelor’s degree with first class honours or equivalent) in a relevant social science discipline such as geography, anthropology or sociology. He/she will have a demonstrated capacity for research and experience in the application of qualitative research methods. He/she will have a demonstrated capacity for independent research with good organisational skills and an ability to meet deadlines. Team work, interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communication skills are highly desirable.

For full details of eligibility, please see the scholarship’s Conditions of Award.


The PhD project is positioned within the Wealth from Waste CSIRO research cluster project, an interdisciplinary multi-university research program that explores the feasibility of advanced metals recycling in Australia. The Monash led component of Wealth from Waste focuses on characterising and mapping the potential resource of recyclable materials that are distributed in domestic residences and commercial buildings in Australian cities. The PhD project will investigate social practices surrounding the management and disposal of portable household electronics. It will provide in-depth understanding of how household electronics are managed within the home, including but not limited to mobile phones, and provide insights into how and why householders respond to existing collection schemes and their likely response to any new approaches to collection of household electronics for recycling. The primary supervisor will be Dr Ruth Lane, a human geographer with expertise in waste and recycling. Co-supervisor Dr Xuan Zhu, who has expertise in GIS mapping, will provide guidance in aspects of study design to maximise the capacity for generalisation at larger spatial scales. Funding is provided for fieldwork in Melbourne, Sydney and a regional urban centre. See

How to Apply
  • Send the following documentation as email attachments by 31 November 2013 to Celeste Hulse: (put “Wealth from Waste” in the subject line):
    • a covering letter outlining relevant training and experience
    • CV
    • academic transcripts

International students should note that the scholarship does not cover international student tuition fees. However, for outstanding applicants there is opportunity to apply for additional tuition fee scholarships. Interested applicants are strongly advised to refer to the link for more information. Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which may include English language skills.

Closing date: 31 November 2013

of Award

Conditions of Award (pdf)


Dr Ruth Lane:

Ph: +61 3 9905 2937