Ph.D PhD Scholarship in Employment Activation in Australia

at University of Newcastle in Australia

This PhD project will contribute to a 2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled ‘Employment Activation: The Changing Economy Society Relation’. This Project investigates policy schemes and programmes operating in Australia that seek by various means to ‘activate’ the labour of the underemployed and unemployed. The project seeks to assess the role such schemes play in the reconfiguration of labour and in reworking the economy-society relation.

Project description
The designated PhD project will focus on one specific employment activation scheme operating in the contemporary Australian context (e.g ‘Work for the Dole’). The project will involve careful mapping of the emergence of the scheme, its historical precedents and crucially an empirical investigation of how this scheme ‘activates’ labour. The successful applicant will be working in collaboration with the CI Professor Lisa Adkins, who is BHP Billiton Chair of Sociology at the University of Newcastle and an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro).

The value of this scholarship is $25,849 per annum in 2015, indexed January 1 each year. The scholarship will be paid fortnightly for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of a six-month extension. Students will also receive a laptop computer and a minimum of $1,500 per annum to be used for research expenses. The scholarship is open to Australian domestic and international applicants. International students will not be liable for tuition fees for the duration of the award.

Skills and qualifications Applicants should have a first class honours degree or an equivalent Masters degree in sociology or cognate discipline or field (cultural studies, politics, labour studies or policy studies). A knowledge of contemporary social and cultural theory and economic sociology is essential. Excellent written and other communication skills are required. As the PhD project will be associated not only with the ARC project but also with a larger international research project based in Finland, evidence of ability to work in a team will be an advantage. International candidates must meet (or exceed) English language requirements for study at doctoral level.

This position is based in the Discipline of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle. The discipline is on an upwards trajectory following a sustained period of capacity building. Sociology & Anthropology is one of the largest discipline areas within the School of Humanities and Social Science and the successful candidate will be integrated into the discipline’s active research community. Sociology at the University of Newcastle is ranked in the world Top 200 (QS World University Rankings).

Intending applicants should submit a detailed academic CV; transcripts of most recently completed degree; statement of interest in this project (not exceeding 500 words); and the names and contact details of two academic referees to: Professor Lisa Adkins on

Start date: 6 July 2015
_Closing date: 6 February 2015 _

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