PhD Scholarship in Urban Futures Agent-Based Modelling

A PhD scholarship investigating the use of an Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) to broaden our understanding of the RESIDe study data and translate findings to new housing developments.

Value and duration

The scholarship will provide a stipend of $30,000 per annum. Successful international applicants will be provided with a tuition fee scholarship that also covers the cost of Overseas Student Heath Cover.

The duration of this scholarship is 3 years with the possibility of a six month extension.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Dr Jonathan Arundel at

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 23 June 2017.

Terms and conditions

The University's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327kb 10p) will apply to this scholarship.

Further information

Health behaviours can be seen as both a product of an individual’s environment, and their social interactions with others within this environment. Conversely, individuals can choose to live in certain environments based on the extent to which they cater for health behaviours and lifestyle.

The RESIDential Environment Study (RESIDe), conducted between 2003 and 2012 in the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia, provided an opportunity to understand the health behaviours of the residents of new housing developments. A unique feature of the study was that participants were surveyed before they moved into their new homes, with follow-up surveys in later years monitoring changes in behaviours over time.

This project aims to use an Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) to broaden our understanding of the RESIDe study data, and translate findings to new housing developments being planned in Melbourne and its surrounding regions. ABMs allow behaviours and interactions of individuals within a spatially-explicit residential environment to be modelled across time, and calibrated and validated against existing survey data. Transporting these same agents to Melbourne will then enable new suburb design alternatives to be tested against a range of possible health behaviours and outcomes.

This PhD project is located with the Healthy Liveable Cities Group, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University and contributes to the wider NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities and RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform (ECP). The Urban Futures ECP is an interdisciplinary research agenda to inform how cities can be more equitable, sustainable and accountable. This platform engages with practical problems of urban change, including sustainability, resilience and inclusion, delivering real world impact.


Dr Jonathan Arundel