Property and Economic Development

A significant part of global real estate market dynamics centres on the knowledge economy including cities dominated by and sites and parks dedicated to, science or high technology industry and services. The global landscape of the knowledge economy consists of fixed investments in the built environment but is also woven together through flows of finance, ideas and people. This doctoral research will allow the applicant to develop innovative theoretically-informed empirical research on how these fixities and flows come together. Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship available in the Property Division of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne in the field of property and economic development broadly defined to work under the supervision of Dr. Julie Tian Miao and Prof. Nicholas Phelps.

Applications open

10 Sep 2018

Applications closed

31 Jan 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

100% fee remission and up to $30,600

Applicable study areas

Architecture, building and planning

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    have a disciplinary background in real estate, property or land economy, economics, geography, urban planning, or sociology.

    Selection criteria

    Expression of Interest – Information required in prior to being invited to submit a formal application:

    EOI applications should include: (1) a CV; (2) 4-5 page research proposal with defined research questions, brief literature review, and fully elaborated research methods; (3) academic transcripts with grades. IELTS or TOEFL if applicable. In addition, applicants will be required to be available for a skype interview.

  • Application process

    Lodge your Expression of Interest at

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Shortlisted applicants will contacted for a skype interview and to apply for graduate research candidature through the University of Melbourne.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Applicants with interests in any aspect of the property dynamics of the knowledge economy are welcome, however applicants are also directed to the specific interests of the supervisors in the following fields:
    ‘New Argonaut’, skilled labour, connections among key knowledge economy sites
    Housing and the knowledge economy;
    Changing real estate models associated with science parks and science cities;
    International policy mobility with respect to science cities and parks
    Housing and infrastructure planning surrounding high-tech industry growth.

What are the benefits?

$30,600 p.a. for 3.5 years (indexed annually)
Standard fieldwork (up to $3600) and conference support.
The application is open to both domestic (RTP covers fees) and international candidates (fee waiver approved).

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