Australian Catholic University, Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undergoing significant research transformation and intensification. The initial phase of research intensification has included the establishment of seven research institutes, which have brought together world-class researchers who are committed to developing research expertise in ACU’s priority areas of health, psychology, education, theology and philosophy, and social justice and the common good.
Recent success in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) demonstrates the impact of this research transformation and intensification. ACU was the most improved Australian university, moving up 14 places and was awarded the top score (well above world standard) in the fields of Public Health, Health Services, Psychology, Nursing, and Human Movement and Sports Science.
Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA)
IHA provides a dynamic and supportive environment for PhD candidates interested in pursuing projects with a focus on health and ageing. The work of the Institute recognises that positive ageing does not occur in isolation, and that living long and living well depends upon a range of factors including living environments. IHA draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our academics to undertake innovative and sustainable research that makes a positive difference to the lives of older people. Please visit http://iha.acu.edu.au/ for more information about the Institute.
IHA has the following five PhD scholarships to support candidates who examine the role of environments in promoting healthy ageing.
Scholarship: Urban spaces and active ageing: understanding person-environment interactions to inform activity-friendly community design
The proportion of older adults in urban areas is rapidly growing leading to increases in health-care costs associated with chronic diseases. This problem can be offset by creating urban environments that support an active lifestyle across mid-to-late adulthood. Projects funded by this scholarship will identify key elements of urban environments that promote an active lifestyle in the mid-aged, fully-functional workforce as well as the older, disadvantaged segment of residents with restricted mobility. This knowledge can inform equitable, universal activity-friendly community design suitable to all age groups.
There are a number of potential PhD projects within these extant studies. Research candidates can choose to focus on substantive or methodological issues. Examples of projects that could arise from the studies include:
Project 1: Age, gender and geographical differences in types and profiles of destinations promoting physical activity across mid-to-late adulthood. This project will identify mixes of neighbourhood services and destinations that are most supportive of an active lifestyle and the extent to which they are generalizable across genders, age groups and country of residence.
Project 2: Activity spaces in mid-to-late adulthood. This project will identify places and types of destinations where mid-aged and older adults engage in physical activity and whether these differ across age groups.
These projects will be led by Professor Ester Cerin (http://iha.acu.edu.au/people/professor-ester-cerin/).
Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.
The successful candidates will be supported for three years. Each scholarship comprises a tuition fee waiver, a $26,288 per annum (in 2016) stipend, and a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.
- Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
- Ability to contribute to a team
- Management and organisational skills
- High level of verbal and written English proficiency
- Knowledge and experience in one of the following fields: population health; built environment (urban design, planning, architecture); geography (including Geographic Information Systems)
- Prior quantitative research experience and publication of research findings are highly desirable.
Study mode: Full-time
Location: The successful candidates will be located in Melbourne.
Closing date: 30 June 2016 or until a suitable candidate is appointed
How to apply
In addition, applicants should include a cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above, along with a copy of their CV.
Applications should be sent direct to:
P.O. Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059
For more information
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Dr David Sandall (firstname.lastname@example.org), +61 (3) 9230 8132