PhD Scholarships in Remaking Post-industrial Plans
Monash University

Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarships on Remaking Post-industrial Plans: Urban Industrial Zoning Past and Future  (x2 Scholarships)

Job No.: 618610

Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (MADA)

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

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

Remuneration: The successful applicants will receive a tax-free living allowance of $27,609 per annum for 3 years and 3 months, and Tuition Fee Scholarship of $34,100 per annum for the duration of scholarship.

There may also be opportunities for suitable students to enhance income as sessional academic staff. International students need to secure their own flights, support their own relocation and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) costs.

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals (domestic or international applicants) for two Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarships at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The PhDs will contribute to a research project called Remaking Post-industrial Plans: Urban Industrial Zoning Past and Future. This project is led by Professor Carl Grodach and Dr Elizabeth Taylor of Monash University, and Associate Professor Joe Hurley of RMIT. The project will blend interdisciplinary approaches from urban planning, geography, and history to examine the changing functions and roles of urban industrial land. Through digital archival mapping, on-site analysis, and planner interviews, this project will develop a deeper understanding of how industrial lands and their regulatory settings are linked to changes in urban development over time. The research team also aims to better equip policymakers in planning for contemporary and future urban industrial activity within sustainable development goals.

PhD Project 1 - Remaking Post-industrial Plans: Contemporary and Future Urban Industrial Districts

This PhD project will focus on the relationships between planning regulations and the development of contemporary industrial districts. The successful candidate will study adaptations of industrial space that enable new business development and work opportunities that respond to the changing nature of work and land use in Australia. How do changes in zoning and other land use controls shape the function and mix of activities that occupy industrial land? How can policymakers better integrate industrial activity into sustainable and resilient land use agendas?

PhD Project 2 - Remaking Post-industrial Plans: Historical Trajectories of Urban Industrial Zoning

This PhD project will focus on the historical development of industrial zones in Melbourne, compiling and exploring original archival research into the trajectories of specific sites and planning policies over the 20th century. The successful PhD candidate will study under the supervision of Dr Taylor, Prof. Grodach and Associate Professor Hurley. Their project will leverage digitised archival material to produce novel spatial visualisations and analyses of the historical relationships between zoning and industry change, producing a critical new appraisal of legacy urban planning practices. They will draw on and expand approaches to long-term change from historical GIS, environmental history, urban history and related fields by revealing temporal and spatial patterns and relationships between zoning and industrial activity.

Candidate Requirements

  • These opportunities are open to both domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have an excellent academic record in urban planning, geography, economics, urban history, or a related field.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative methods including GIS is preferred
  • Proficiency with accessing and interpreting archival materials, particularly in relation to property and planning, is desirable for PhD 2.   
  • Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at
  • Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.
  • The Monash PhD includes a coursework and/or a Professional Development component.
  • Start date is negotiable but successful applicants are encouraged to enrol in Semester 2, 2021.
  • Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.


Enquiries concerning these opportunities should be directed to either Professor Carl Grodach or

Dr Liz Taylor

Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

EOIs must comprise:

  • The HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (where required)
  • A curriculum vitae, including relevant research experience and list of any published works
  • A sole-authored academic writing sample
  • Evidence of relevant practice experience (folio) if applicable
  • A statement (no more than two A4 pages) addressing:
    • why you are interested in this research project
    • your research experience, ability, and skills and how they are relevant to this project
    • any specific skills in data management, quantitative analysis, and analysis programmes, if applicable
    • how your academic or practice experience and qualifications are relevant for the project
    • what you can bring to the project

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found here

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed over Zoom.

Closing date for the receipt of EOI’s:

Monday 31 May 2021, 11:55 pm AEST

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