HDR Scholarship - Analysis of factors that govern material exchange between industries to conserve resources

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Circular economy – Measurement and indicators'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisors


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

The research is in the broad area of circular economy/industrial ecology and would aim to develop methodology and tools, and study their application to:

  • conduct integrated/holistic assessments to evaluate alternative strategies leading to sustainability (e.g. alternative materials, business models, processes, supply chains)
  • rank alternative strategies leading to sustainability based on their contribution to a circular economic models
  • analyse alternative technologies, products, business models and markets enabling closed-loop circulation of materials.

Project aim

The project aims to study how effectiveness of product solutions could be measured based on their contribution to appropriate circulation of materials.

A waste generated from a production process signals a problem, not only considering its treatment but also to consider whether its generation could be avoided. In questioning whether products and by-products are recycled effectively to the correct material cycles, it is also important to question the effectiveness of the design and the manufacturing processes of a product on their effectiveness.

The research explores to what level the design, development, production and recycling are aligned to facilitate circularity/closed-loop circulation of materials using case studies and develops methodology, tools and indicators to analyse those.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 31st January 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Background in environmental engineering/environmental chemistry/environmental science/chemical engineering/ process engineering with a first class honours degree or masters with a high GPA
  • Any cross disciplinary knowledge exposure in economics/finance/business/accounting disciplines
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills
  • Previous working experience in an industrial/corporate environment
  • Previous publications demonstrating work in the area published in journals/conference papers/magazines/newspapers

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Mayuri Wijayasundara

Dr Mayuri Wijayasundara
Lecturer in Engineering Management
Email Mayuri Wijayasundara
+61 3 522 78266