HDR Scholarship - Integrating Business Outcomes into Cost-effectiveness Evaluations

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Integrating Business Outcomes into Cost-effectiveness Evaluations'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

An unhealthy diet is one of the leading causes of health burden in Australia, with most Australians not meeting the current dietary guidelines. A key factor that determines what we eat is our food environment. Food retail environments, where we buy the foods and drinks we consume, currently do not encourage us to purchase healthy products. Food retailers are businesses and therefore any voluntary changes to the retail environment to increase its healthiness also need to meet their commercial needs.

This PhD scholarship is funded by the Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH). RE-FRESH aims to transform the environments in which we buy our food and drink in order to improve our population’s diet and health. Economic evaluations of food retail interventions are used to assess whether interventions represent good value for money. Currently, little is known about key outcomes of interest from the perspective of the retailer.

The PhD candidate will be based at the Deakin Burwood campus and will be enrolled on a full-time basis.

Project aim

This PhD will aim to establish what business outcomes are important to retailers and how they can be included in cost-effectiveness analyses. The research program of work may include the following:

  1. Assess the evidence base of how customers value healthier retail environments
  2. Conduct workshops with retailers to determine the business outcomes relevant to various retailers
  3. Investigate how retailer outcomes can be valued and incorporated into cost-effectiveness analyses

This scholarship offers the opportunity to work with a network of world-leading researchers in healthy food retail. The supervisory team has extensive experience in co-designing, implementing and evaluating healthy food retail interventions across different retail settings; economic evaluation of health policy interventions; population health modelling; choice experiments; qualitative research and stakeholder engagement.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 1st May 2020.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • 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:

  • Strong background in health economics/economic evaluation or in an area related to the field of research (retail business)
  • Experience with qualitative research

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 Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan
Senior Research Fellow (Health Economics)
Email Jaithri Ananthapavan
+61 3 925 17181

Prof Marj Moodie
Alfred Deakin Professor
Email Marj Moodie