HDR Scholarship - B2B Reclaimed Waste Resource Markets

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'B2B Reclaimed Waste Resource Markets'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Multidisciplinary research project funded by The ARC ITRH for Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS) a collaboration of academia and industry.

The project will seek to expand on the understanding of the barriers associated with public sector purchasing goods with waste derived content. The aim is to look at increasing the demand for waste stream materials. For example, within public construction, there is an increasing use of recycled materials, such recycled concrete, asphalt, and road aggregate. However, these materials are not required as part of tenders and the public sector is hesitant to purchase materials containing recycles content. It is there for important to understand the both the barriers to these behaviours and the drivers that have been effective for purchases that do buy/recommend these goods.

The project seeks to better understand the marketing and purchasing of goods comprising waste recovered materials by local government areas within Australia. It seeks to understand the barriers and impediments both from a buyer and seller perspective, as well as how information about these materials is shared with local governmental areas.

Project aim

The project will include a range of components including:

  1. Mapping the supply system for one waste derived goods purchased by Governmental bodies and local government areas (LGAs)
  2. Understand the facilitators and impediments for waste derived goods within the Governmental buying process for Governmental bodies and LGAs
  3. Identify supplier perspectives on the identified facilitators and impediments waste derived goods within the Governmental buying process for Governmental bodies and LGAs
  4. Assist in the development of a searchable database/best practice on waste derived goods, trials/evaluations, characteristics and performance criteria, to enable more effective sharing and learning with the sector.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 7 February 2022


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate currently residing in Australia. 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:

  • have an interest in supply chain issues, business to business marketing and/or sustainability issues

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Michael Jay Polonsky

Prof Michael Jay Polonsky
Email Prof Michael Jay Polonsky
+61 3 924 46968