HDR Scholarship - Economics of Infrastructure Systems

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Economics of Infrastructure Systems'.

Project Supervisor


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Infrastructure Futures (IF) is funding a range of ground breaking, industry based research opportunities focused on infrastructure (water, transportation or energy), including infrastructure systems modelling, infrastructure economics, systems thinking, integrated water management, infrastructure asset management, network analysis and sustainable transport/energy/water systems modelling. The IF research program is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers working with industry partners and offers an unprecedented opportunity for candidates to work with the infrastructure industry to establish or further a high level career in infrastructure or initiate a postgraduate career in infrastructure research. The scholarships are aimed at mature applicants with some experience working in infrastructure although applicants who are nearing completion and who are strongly interested in a career in infrastructure will also be considered.

Many of the economic models used for assessing infrastructure and making infrastructure decisions are based on economic theories that are outdated and not suited to the long-term life cycle of infrastructure. Behavioural economics, systems thinking and complexity, and sustainable development goals need to be applied when planning, approving and managing infrastructure system, especially larger, complex and integrated infrastructure. This research will initiate a new approach to infrastructure economics that reflects an understanding of the complex nature of infrastructure and the increasing requirement to incorporate sustainable development goals in the planning and management of such systems.

We anticipate that this PhD work will be a collaborative approach between Dr Don Gunasekera (Supply Chain Management), Dr Heather Round (Business) and Professor Carol Boyle (Engineering) and will link with the complementary work on infrastructure systems modelling.

Project aim

This research will assess infrastructure systems from an economic perspective but using a systems thinking approach. It will develop a model for infrastructure economics which will incorporate the sustainable development goals.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 13 May 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $35,000 per annum tax exempt
  • 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. This degree must be in the Engineering, Science, Economics or a related field

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Work experience in infrastructure (e.g. industry, consulting or government), particularly in a management role

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Carol Boyle

Prof Carol Boyle
Professor of Infrastructure Engineering Design
Email Carol Boyle
+61 3 524 79356