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Doctoral Program


As part of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme, we invite expressions of interest to embark on cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. The Scientia PhD Scholarship includes a stipend of $41,200 per year for 4 years, tuition fees covered, and up to $10,000 per year to support your career development. The specific research project opportunity focuses on:Identifying transformative policies to improve well-being in Australia.

PhD Research Project Description

Several measures of social, environmental and economic well-being in Australia and other developed countries show a pattern of decline or stagnation since the 1970s. For example, increasing pollution, rising income inequality and reduction of green space, all decrease individual and community well-being. This interdisciplinary project will develop a dynamic, non-linear, systems model of the evolution of social, economic and environmental capital stocks in response to business and public policies (e.g. land development, population growth, infrastructure spending, science and technology investment). Simulation analyses will identify transformative policies with the potential for measurable improvements in well-being many decades into the future. Ultimately, we aim to shape public debate and achieve policy outcomes to realise a more desirable future for Australians and citizens of other nations.


System Dynamics, computational modelling, well-being, policy analysis, feedback systems.

Position Title Doctoral Program Opportunity 

Description of Ideal Candidate Skills and Experiences

The candidate must have a background in system dynamics modelling with a strong interest in well-being and also in business and public policy analysis. Demonstrated experience with analysis of computer models and simulations is required, along with excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s (Honours) or Master’s degree in system dynamics and strong statistical analysis skills.

The candidate should also be enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research on real-world policy issues. We welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of degrees/qualifications including (but not limited to): science, public policy, engineering, data science, computer science, business, economics, psychology, mathematics, and operations research.

Supervisory Team

Three leading scholars will supervise the successful candidate: Professor Shayne Gary, Professor Graciela Metternicht, and Associate Professor Kerry Humphreys. The supervisory team possesses a strong research track record of applying systems modelling across different applications, including sustainability science and policy, and long-term value creation. The team has extensive experience disseminating research results via peer-reviewed publications, and will guide and support the candidate to publish and develop a solid basis for future career development.

Click the following link for more information about the: UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships. To submit an expression of interest for this PhD research position, please complete the following: EOI. All applications must be submitted by 12 July 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Shayne Gary via email: [email protected]

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