The Politics of Urbanization

Today, more than half of humanity lives in urban areas. Cities are a near-ubiquitous reality of all global challenges, from climate change to pandemics, inequality, cybersecurity and terrorism. Yet what political implications does urbanisation have on the way we govern our built environment, and international relations? The ‘planetary extent of urbanisation now links infrastructurally the faith of cities the world over. Yet this is not just a story of cities and city leaders: major private sector, philanthropic, multilateral and even national interests now define the ways in which urbanisation determines ‘who gets what, when and how’ both locally, in cities and globally, in international relations. Housed in the new Connected Cities Lab within the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP), this multidisciplinary PhD project will challenge an emerging scholar to research, and experience first-hand, the global dimension of urban politics.

Applications open

1 Sep 2018

Applications close

31 Jan 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Tuition fee exemption
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

100% fee remission and up to $30,600

Applicable study areas

Architecture, building and planning

Number of scholarships awarded

1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    have an academic background in urban studies, international studies or international planning is desirable but other internationally-oriented disciplines will be considered. Perspective candidates are encouraged to propose a few possible ‘entry points’ to the politics of urbanisation, thinking beyond the individual case study, and ideally in an interdisciplinary fashion. Experience and demonstrated skills in conducting sound social scientific (qualitative or quantitative) research are essential, as is a keen eye for urban and international questions, and the willingness to work in a dynamic research group regularly engaged with multilateral actors such as those of the United Nations system.

    Selection criteria

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

    You will be asked to attach a 2-3 page research proposal (including research problem, key literature and international policy/practical audience the project speaks to), c.v., academic transcript, grading scale from your previous degree along with a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL Score (if applicable). In addition to standard information there will be an interview as part of the shortlist process.

  • Application process

    Lodge your expression of interest at

    Submit a scholarship application now

  • When will I know the outcome?

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

  • Variations of this scholarship

    The key challenge for this PhD scholarship is in uncovering the politics, and prompting a better political-economic understanding, of how urbanisation shapes urban governance. It calls on a curious and internationally-minded researcher to join the Connected Cities Lab to unpack how the inherent (but not always uniform) global connections of the ‘urban age’ are defining the ways we govern cities, and in turn how cities contribute to global governance.

    The PhD candidate will be supervised by the Faculty’s Chair in Global Urban Politics and director of the Connected Cities Lab, Professor Michele Acuto, along with a selected secondary supervisor from the Faculty and any other relevant scholar from within the University. Experience and demonstrated skills in conducting sound social scientific (qualitative or quantitative) research are essential, as is a keen eye for urban and international questions, and the willingness to work in a dynamic research group regularly engaged with multilateral actors such as those of the United Nations system.

What are the benefits?

$30,600 p.a. for 3.5 years (indexed annually)
Standard fieldwork (up to $3600) and conference support.

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