PhD Scholarship in Urban Futures Social Inequities

A PhD scholarship, investigating whether those who reside in more liveable neighbourhoods, but are of lower socioeconomic position, experience a ‘pulling up’ effect on their mental health and wellbeing over time.

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:

It is preferred that applicants have a post-graduate degree in public health, epidemiology, or health geography, and be familiar in quantitative modelling and analysis techniques.

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Associate Professor Hannah Badland 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 Wednesday 28 February 2018, or when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

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

Further information

There is growing recognition internationally that more ‘liveable’ neighbourhoods positively impact the health and wellbeing of residents. However, the field is hampered by methodological limitations, making it difficult to draw conclusions and form subsequent policy recommendations for creating cities that enhance health and wellbeing and reduce inequities. It is well known that those who are more disadvantaged tend to have poorer health, but it is unknown whether living in more liveable neighbourhoods can change health and wellbeing trajectories for those more disadvantaged.

This project will investigate whether those who reside in more liveable neighbourhoods, but are of lower socioeconomic position experience a ‘pulling up’ effect on their health and wellbeing over time. To do this, well-conceptualised, empirical measures of liveability (such as the Liveability Index developed as part of the Centre of Research Excellence) will be applied and compared with longitudinal population data to detect inequities and trajectories for those of differing socioeconomic position. Quantitative findings will be further contextualised using qualitative research approaches. Taken together, the intention of this project is to provide an in-depth understanding of whether liveability moderates the socioeconomic - health and wellbeing relationship over time.

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 has 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.


Associate Professor Hannah Badland