PhD scholarship in Social Housing: An ethnographic study of two mixed tenure communities

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for a higher degree by research through Professor Guy Johnson and Dr Juliet Watson at the Unison Housing Research Lab, located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

A PhD scholarship to undertake a qualitative ethnographic study of two mixed tenure sites in Melbourne to reveal the mechanisms that contribute to successful (or otherwise) mixed tenure communities.

Value and duration

A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study)

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet:

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Professor Guy Johnson 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
  • a copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing

Open date

Applications are now open.

Short listed applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews will be held at RMIT city campus on 1st May 2018. The interview panel will include staff from Union Housing and RMIT.

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB) will apply to this scholarship. However, note the allowances for this scholarship are specifically $32,000 per year for up to three years and the relocation allowances stated in the terms and conditions are not applicable.

Further information

The Union Housing Research LaB is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria’s largest social housing provider. The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers. The successful applicant would joining the PhD program within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, but would be located in the Unison Housing Research Lab.

The LaB has two aims. Its first aim is to develop a multi-disciplinary research program to create new empirical and conceptual knowledge about what actions can be taken to improve social housing tenancy sustainability and satisfaction. The second aim of the Lab is to develop and deliver a program of integrated teaching that provides RMIT students with Australia’s first dedicated course on homelessness and housing. The course offers a cutting edge and multi-disciplinary approach to education that integrates homelessness theory, policy, and practice. The course will provide students with the knowledge and resources to support careers in the homelessness and housing sector.


Dr Juliet Watson
03 9925 3477

Prof Guy Johnson
03 9925 9893