PhD Project: Urban planning for sustainable communities
Socially inclusive, environmentally healthy, and economically resilient places and spaces
If you are seeking to advance your career in sustainable urban development, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a high-profile opportunity to apply for a PhD project at our Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Centre, a member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) which is a national, independent research network that helps improve housing and urban policy development.
In this project you will explore how urban planning can support sustainable communities in large-scale urban regeneration and renewal projects (such as Bowden, SA) as well as in established neighbourhoods (characterised by car-oriented zoning and large ecological footprints).
While urban sustainability principles have been long integrated in Australia’s planning policy, their implementation has been underwhelming. Previous research has shown that residents are more likely to embrace sustainable lifestyles if they are supported by spaces and places that enable social interaction, active travel, and the sharing of facilities.
In this project, you will have the opportunity to delve into the constructs and constraints of urban planning and contribute to the ongoing debate on urban sustainability.
What you will do
Collaborating with urban researchers affiliated with UniSA’s AHURI Research Centre you will analyse how urban sustainability can be achieved in policy and practice, and the role of urban planning and development in creating sustainable communities.
You will connect with end-user supervisors from state and local planning departments who will provide insights into planning policymaking and planning practice and provide access to relevant information and contacts within the sector.
You will also be a part of a collegial research degree cohort and participate in research training and discussions with other PhD candidates and researchers at different levels of seniority and from different disciplines.
There may also be opportunities for you to conduct this research in a comparative research design, which may include travel to other jurisdictions for fieldwork, as well as participate in relevant seminars and activities in a dynamic research environment.
Where you’ll be based
You will be based at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Centre, at the University of South Australia. We are a part of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a national, independent research network that provides high quality research to influence and improve policy development in relation to housing and urban needs.
- Professor Stefanie Dühr – Principal Supervisor
- Dr Robert Crocker – Co-Supervisor
- Mr Andrew Bishop (Renewal SA) – End User Supervisor
- Mr Peter Tsokas (Unley City Council) – End User Supervisor
For full information and to apply, please click here.