PhD Scholarship in Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (HEET) - Scaling up affordable retrofit

HEET is an ARC Linkage funded project. Set across eight global urban sites, the project will provide a socio-material analysis of retrofit that includes householders as well as the businesses that supply retrofit services.

This new research project, led by RMIT University, will run from 2019-2021 and will investigate the lived experience of energy poverty and low carbon retrofit in Australian households as well as investigating the scaling up of retrofit service providers.

Set across eight global urban sites, the project will provide a socio-material analysis of retrofit that includes householders as well as the businesses that supply retrofit services. Outcomes will include a robust empirical evidence base on the implications of retrofit for households in energy poverty, and a co-designed policy suite that allows stakeholders to tailor actions that will shape the lives of residents in Australian households. Building on this, the research team will co-develop and document with end users a 10 year strategy to improve both environmental and equity dimensions of retrofit for current and future generations of urban Australians. It will also draw on UK and European context and case studies.

For more information see http://cur.org.au/project/housing-energy-efficiency-transitions/

The project team, led by Prof Ralph Horne, is now seeking to recruit three PhD scholars, as follows:

  1. Analysis of low carbon retrofit in households including those in energy poverty. Locations for the research include the City of Moreland and LaTrobe Valley as well as two case study locations in the UK. This PhD will be based at RMIT University (Melbourne) and will be supervised by Professor Ralph Horne and Dr Nicola Willand.
  2. Analysis of low carbon retrofit in households including those in energy poverty. Locations for the research include metropolitan Adelaide and Mount Gambier as well as two case study locations in the UK. This PhD will be based at The University of Adelaide and will be supervised by Associate Professor Emma Baker and Dr Lyrian Daniel.
  3. Analysis of retrofit services, focusing on the dynamics, spatial distribution and actor-networks of retrofit providers. Locations for the research include the City of Moreland and LaTrobe Valley as well as two case study locations in the UK. This PhD will be based at RMIT University (Melbourne) and will be supervised by Professor Ralph Horne and Dr Trivess Moore.

All three PhDs will be allocated a scholarship and the project budget includes fieldwork travel and data collection costs.

The HEET project is a collaboration between RMIT University, University of Adelaide, the Victorian Government, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Moreland Energy Foundation, Master Builders Association, Lancaster University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Loughborough University.

Value and duration

There are three PhD positions on the project (two of which are based at RMIT University) which will each receive a scholarship of $30,000/year (tax free) for the three years of the project. International candidates applying for these University Scholarships may be eligible for a fee waiver scholarship. There is also funding to cover fieldwork travel and data collection expenses for all PhDs.

Number of scholarships available

Two – RMIT University

One – University of Adelaide

Eligibility

To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing either:

  • a Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • a Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent

plus

  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for PhD

How to apply

Apply for a PhD program to commence in 2019 at RMIT via https://student-rmit.studylink.com/

Email the following to Professor Ralph Horne (ralph.horne@rmit.edu.au):

  • A detailed CV
  • Certified copies of relevant academic transcripts from your undergraduate studies and postgraduate studies where applicable.
  • A research proposal outlining synthesis of relevant literature, proposed research design, and analytical techniques.

Open date

Applications are currently open

Close date

Applications will close once the candidate is appointed.

Terms and conditions

Contact

Email:

Professor Ralph Horne
ralph.horne@rmit.edu.au