Ph.D PhD Scholarship in Innovation Economics

at RMIT University in Australia

RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research and the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing seek a high-achieving PhD candidate to work on the economics of public Wi-Fi as part of a multidisciplinary project titled Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure – the Australian Case, funded by the Australian Research Council from 2015-2017.
Value and duration

The scholarship is valued at $25,849 per annum (indexed) for three years full-time with the option of a six month extension subject to satisfactory progress and the School’s approval.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • meet the entry requirements for PhD research at RMIT University from here
  • have a demonstrated capacity and aptitude for conducting research.


  • demonstrated aptitude in applied econometric analysis, including familiarity with SPSS/STATA statistical software
  • demonstrated aptitude for field research.

How to apply

Applicants should submit the following by email to
Dr Ian McShane

  • a letter of interest outlining your expertise and research background
  • curriculum vitae with details of three referees.

Close date

Applicants close Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

Further info

Australia is seeing rapid investment by city governments in public Wi-Fi networks but there has been little research conducted on the policy, economic, social and technological aspects of this development. This scholarship provides a unique opportunity for a student with an aptitude for econometric modeling to work on the socio-economic impacts of different internet access technologies, including public Wi-Fi, within urban settings. The research project aims to critically analyze theories that public wireless internet promotes innovation and change, and examine these claims as a rationale for public investment in Wi-Fi. The student will work with economists, technologists and urban studies scholars at RMIT University on a cutting-edge project in an area of national and international importance.

For further information on this project go to the
Public Wi-Fi in Australia website

Main Contact
Dr Ian McShane (Senior Research Fellow)
RMIT University – School of GUSS
Phone: +61 3 9925 8236
Web Site:;ID=51325fi1d4q6

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