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Resilient Urban Futures PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship available.
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We are seeking a suitably qualified person to undertake a PhD linked to the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. This inter-university study is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and led by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities at University of Otago, Wellington. The successful applicant will be based at in the Dept of Geography at the University of Canterbury ( and be supervised by Professor Simon Kingham. This three year scholarship is valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. (tax free) plus tuition fees (including all international fees).

Study overview
The Resilient Urban Futures project will compare the broad costs and benefits and qualitative features of two possible urban development paths, one emphasising more compact development and the other emphasising more greenfield development. Using geographically based models we will examine the impacts of urban development on water and air quality, landuse, housing and transport patterns and the varying co-benefits for people’s health and welfare.

The successful candidate will work on a project examining the interlocking themes of residential choice, social infrastructure and community formation in compact urban developments; with the ultimate aim of answering the question ‘How to we create/facilitate good community in urban areas?’

Application process
It is expected the candidate will hold a master’s degree in a social science discipline. To apply please send a brief CV, covering letter, details of your academic training and results, and the name of two academic referees to Professor Simon Kingham.

Closing date 31st January 2013.

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