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PhD Scholarship opportunity at UNSW Sydney

As part of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme, we invite expressions of interest to embark on cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. The Scientia PhD Scholarship includes a stipend of $41,200 per year for 4 years, tuition fees covered, and up to $10,000 per year to support your career development. The specific research project opportunity focuses on: Identifying transformative policies to improve well-being. 


Several measures of Australians’ social, environmental and economic well-being (including OECD measures) show a pattern of decline or stagnation since the 1970s. For example, increasing traffic congestion, rising income inequality, pollution and reduction of green space all decrease individual and community well-being. This interdisciplinary project will develop a dynamic, nonlinear, systems model of the evolution of social, economic and environmental capital stocks in response to business and public policies (e.g. land development, population growth, infrastructure spending, science and technology investment). Simulation analyses will identify transformative policies with the potential to improve Australian well-being many decades into the future.


The candidate must have a background in system dynamics modelling with a strong interest in well-being and also in business and public policy analysis. Demonstrated experience with analysis of computer models and simulations is required, along with excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s (Honours) or Master’s degree in system dynamics; strong statistical analysis skills; and experience using Matlab, R, or Stata. The candidate should also be enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research on real-world policy issues. 

We welcome applications from candidates coming from a wide range of degrees/qualifications including (but not limited to): science, public policy, engineering, data science, computer science, business, economics, psychology, mathematics, and operations research.

More information at: http://bit.ly/UNSWSydneyPhD

Duration/Period4 years
Deadline11/07/2019 22:00
KeywordsSystem Dynamics; computational modelling; well-being; policy analysis; feedback systems;

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