Date Posted
28 Sep 2024

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PhD Program
Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

PhD Scholarship: Systemic disaster risk, inequities and community resilience (Fire to Flourish program)

28 Sep 2024

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Position Description

Department: Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

Faculty/Division: Office of the Senior Vice-Provost and Vice Provost

Location: Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Employment Type: Full-time. PhD Scholarship

Duration: 3 year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $30,000AUD per annum 2022 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at:

The Setting:

This PhD Scholarship is provided by Monash University, hosted by the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI), an academic unit within the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), in partnership with the Monash Fire to Flourish program, within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Monash University is committed to achieving excellence in research and education, built upon a deep and extensive engagement with the world, to serve the good of our communities and environment. At Monash, we nurture our researchers and their research. In particular, Monash’s Graduate Research program is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop a broad range of skills and professional attributes and make an impact in industry, government, community or academia after graduation.

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is a whole-of-university, interdisciplinary collective Centre focused on the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of injury in all settings. MUARC draws from the substantial Monash University strengths in all the core disciplines of statistics, engineering, health sciences and social sciences. MUARC undertakes research across the following broad injury themes: intentional injury; transport; home, sport & leisure; workplace; outcomes after injury; and disaster resilience. MUARC is one of the world’s leading injury prevention research Centres and is Australia’s largest and most respected transport road safety research Centre. Through high-standard research and independent recommendations, MUARC aims to challenge and support citizens, governments and industries to eliminate serious health losses due to injury. Since our founding, we have developed research-based solutions that have led directly to making Australians safer and have made us an acknowledged leader in the field. To learn more about us and the work we do, please visit our website.

The Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) is the unit within MUARC where the PhD student will be located. MUDRI was established to harness university-wide expertise with the goal of strengthening community-based disaster resilience. It aims to provide the evidence to shape new approaches to disaster preparedness and management in the context of the Australian Governments’ National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and its National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. To learn more about us and the work we do, please visit our website.

Fire to Flourish is a partnership between Monash University, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Metal Manufactures Pty Ltd, and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. It was formed in response to the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires and seeks to strengthen resilience in communities that were affected by the bushfires in ways that address inequities. The Program brings together a consortium of partners with the University’s transdisciplinary research capabilities to work with communities over a 5-year program to build resilience and develop the connections and leadership to shape their trajectories towards a thriving future through community-led processes. Fire to Flourish is developing an inclusive, participatory and evidence-based model for strengthening holistic resilience. The Program has a significant focus on supporting communities to lead their own local initiatives and connect with each other to create the capacity, conditions and solutions for their long-term resilience. The underlying principles for the program are: be community-led; foreground Aboriginal wisdom; address inequities, enhance inclusion and self-determination; be strengths-based and trauma-informed; be holistic and impactful; learn, adapt and evolve.

The Fire to Flourish program will recruit a cohort of PhD students who will work together as an interdisciplinary cohort under the supervision of the Chief Investigators and Research Fellows. We are currently seeking exceptionally talented candidates interested in joining our Fire to Flourish transdisciplinary PhD program. We have eight unique and exciting opportunities across Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and The Monash University Accident Research Centre.

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples and are committed to providing a culturally safe and vibrant place of study. We support diverse pathways into research that recognise a broad range of experience.

The Opportunity:

A unique and challenging opportunity exists for an exceptionally talented candidate interested in undertaking a PhD at Monash University in an exciting, collaborative, transdisciplinary environment.

The PhD research opportunity involves social science research into how practices to address systemic disaster risk impact and are impacted by inequities and community-led disaster resilience. There is an increasing recognition that addressing systemic disaster risk is critical to strengthening community resilience consistent with national and international disaster risk frameworks. With a focus on place-based systemic disaster risk, this project will include:

– Examining how mindsets/behaviours, material practices, and system structures impact community disaster resilience

– What shifts in power, resources and practices are needed to strengthen community disaster resilience in ways that reduce vulnerabilities and address inequities

The scope of the research programme will be led by the PhD candidate and their supervisory team, in alignment with MUARC, the Fire to Flourish program and informed by priorities emerging from focus communities.


Your supervisory team will draw on experienced researchers with PhD supervision and community-based experience.

Eligibility – Candidate Requirements

As the successful candidate, you will:

● Have a relevant Honours or Masters degree with H1 or equivalent

● Meet the eligibility criteria for PhD candidature at Monash University

● Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen

● Have an interest in gender research in the disaster setting and specifically, in the environment of the 2019/20 national bushfires

● Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

● Have the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team

● Have the ability to plan, organise, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; and

● Have analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills

How to apply

Potential candidates should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form:

Please include a one page research proposal, and submit this form, with full CV and transcripts.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview at MUARC.


Emeritus Professor Frank Archer, Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI),

How to Apply

Potential candidates should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form: Please include a one page research proposal, and submit this form, with full CV and transcripts. For more information please contact: Emeritus Professor Frank Archer, Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI),

Position Category: Other. Position Type: PhD Program. Position Tags: injury prevention, disaster resilience, injury, australia, disaster, safety, community, fire, bushfire, and gender. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.