HDR Scholarship - Designing green spaces for older adults

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Designing green spaces for older adults'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Visiting parks has been shown to facilitate a multitude of physical, psychological, and social health benefits. Ensuring that parks support older adults to be active and social is important for public health, especially considering the increasing proportion of older adults in the population. A better understanding of the needs and preferences of park features by older adults could help urban planners and park designers to create parks that encourage visitation by older adults. The successful candidate will work with the research supervision team to develop a program of research within the topic area of ‘Designing green spaces for older adults’.

Project aim

The aim of this project is to better understand how to design parks and green spaces to optimise use among older adults.

The successful candidate will conduct a review of the literature regarding influences on older adults’ engagement with green space, and explore older adults’ use and perceptions of green spaces in their neighbourhood and compare this with older adults from other countries (eg, Belgium). The final study will involve evaluation of an inclusive outdoor play space for older adults.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 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 fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

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:

  • background in public health, health promotion, landscape architecture, urban planning or human movement.

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 A/Prof Jenny Veitch

A/Prof Jenny Veitch
Heart Foundation Future Leader
Email Jenny Veitch
+61 3 925 17723