HDR Scholarship - Infrastructure Systems

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic '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.

Our research provides a valid direction in understanding complexity and decision-making. We also plan to supplement this approach using a GIS spatial mapping combined with dynamic modelling. The resulting model will better enable future scenario modelling. Similar work has been undertaken by the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium led by Oxford University. Our focus will be on developing a similar model for Australia although the long-term plan is to also incorporate concept mapping and thus enable a better understanding of human behavioural contexts, sustainable development goals and future risks in the model.

The research will lead to the development of a national infrastructure model that will enable better understanding of the short, medium and long-term performance of national infrastructure, including an improved understanding of infrastructure supply, demand, risk and resiliencies.

Project aim

This research will seek to model complex infrastructure systems using a systems thinking approach. Future scenario modelling will be included, examining the resilience of the infrastructure system and assessing how the systems can achieve the UN 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