Behaviour change Graduate research industry partnership
In September 2017, Monash University began inviting applications for 18 behaviour change PhD scholarships being offered for the first time through the Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) mode of the Monash Doctoral Program.
The GRIP, which is being run in partnership with some of Australia’s leading government agencies, responds to strong demand for interdisciplinary researchers who are capable of straddling the worlds of academia and government.
In November 2017, the first round of interviews was held, with several applicants selected to work on a series of live projects (see below) in collaboration with the partners.
A second round of offers is now open to candidates seeking to advance their careers and be involved in developing new behaviour change approaches to help solve public policy issues in areas such as safety, health and education.
Successful candidates will work with some of Australia’s leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners and learn together during their GRIP experience.
This is an exciting opportunity, with graduates from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines invited to apply. Applications close on 2 Jan 2018. However, places may fill sooner, so submit your Expression of Interest NOW.
This is a fantastic, unique opportunity in Australia. Successful candidates will be exposed to a range of research and industry challenges, have the opportunity to work with some of Monash University's leading academics from BehaviourWorks Australia and the Faculties of Arts, Law, Business and Economics, as well as the Monash University Accident Research Centre and Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Candidates will also gain a better understanding of how ‘big picture’ problems such as those articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals can be addressed through behaviour change.
Candidates will undertake a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research. In their PhD, candidates will draw on theories and methodologies from a range of disciplines, including psychology, economics, marketing, management, sociology and law.
A well-articulated and considered professional development program has been designed for successful candidates, including core PhD skills and behaviour change training, personal and professional development, peer-to-peer learning and industry placement (see below).
Understanding partner organisations is important to designing research projects that are sensitive to their needs. Therefore candidates are expected to spend time with their host organisation throughout their candidature, including an intense initial period early in 2018. In collaboration with partners, they will be able to refine projects to meet both the requirements of a PhD and partner needs.
The first round of interviews was held in November 2017 and led to the selection of 13 candidates. The second round of offers is for five scholarships - with a total of 18 scholarships offered in total through the Behaviour Change GRIP. The scholarships are co-funded by Monash University and the partner organisation. The GRIP provides:
The scholarship is for three years, commencing on 26 March, 2018.
Safer Care Victoria has developed a new framework that seeks to empower patients as active partners in their health care. The framework outlines five components of high quality partnering in health care that require implementation. After considering the policy development foundations and underlying evidence, these two projects will each develop, implement and evaluate behavioural interventions to improve the health care experience.
As government and other services are transferred online, people who are older, live in rural areas and on low incomes are at a disadvantage. Australia Post, in conjunction with other organisations, has formed an alliance to increase participation of vulnerable Australians in digital services. This PhD will work with the alliance to develop and test interventions designed to encourage digital participation among these groups.
This project will examine the impact of executive education on the public sector by broadening existing research activities at ANZSOG that seek to better understand not only what our impact is, but how to further develop behavioural insight and approaches that ensure knowledge and skills gained through programs are translated into practice. The research will have relevance for providers of executive education globally.
This project will examine the efficacy of women sharing their lived experiences of violence and testimonies in the primary prevention of violence against women. Central to this will be the role of the media, and of media advocacy training, for women who have experienced violence. The project will consider work done in other areas, such as mental health and reporting on suicide, to identify effective practices for encouraging victims to share their experiences while minimising the risks of re-traumatisation.
Mental wellbeing issues in workplaces are on the rise, resulting in detrimental outcomes for both workers, their communities and employers. This project will involve the development and trialling of an intervention aimed at improving community co-ownership of prevention initiatives. The project will ultimately focus on how co-ownership contracts can be constructed to promote behaviours that result in positive well-being.
Mental wellbeing issues in workplaces are on the rise, resulting in detrimental outcomes for both workers, their communities and employers. This project will involve the development and trialling of an evidence-based intervention aimed at influencing the behaviour of Victorian employers toward the prevention of workplace mental injuries. The emphasis of the project will be on enabling greater worker and/or employer self-management to improve safety, health and vocational outcomes.
The issue of mobile phone use while driving is well known, but drivers are distracted by touch screen dashboard displays too. Distraction is exacerbated by increased journey times due to congestion and a desire to be connected, entertained and productive. Screens enable activities that take drivers attention off the road, with recent research showing that reading a text message takes four seconds. This project will examine the efficacy of interventions designed to encourage drivers to stay focused on the road.
To better plan for reducing congestion while increasing the experience of road users during peak time, we first need a better understanding of why different target audiences make the choices they do in regards to travel mode and route choice. This project will explore how different communication channels and message content can influence travel choices, particularly during times of congestion. This knowledge can then be used to inform strategies for how to manage congestion.
This project focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating a behavioural insights approach to enable young people to take bystander action to challenge the drivers of violence against women within universities, including gender inequality. Expected outcomes include the identification of effective approaches which will influence practice across university settings.
This project will explore ways to strengthen the process of knowledge translation of health promotion insights developed by VicHealth and BehaviourWorks partners. Expected outcomes include the identification of actions and processes that can increase the likelihood that our learnings/insights can be effectively implemented by policy-makers and practitioners.
Significant growth in renewable energy generation, and a change in community aspirations for a low carbon economy, are expected over the next decade. This project will investigate behavioural influencers, interventions and governance settings that will increase prospects for Victorians to support transition to a low carbon economy and take up opportunities presented in the new energy market.
Embedded in DELWP's new Biodiversity Plan ('Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037') is the assumption that increasing the connections people have with nature will increase actions to support nature. The aim of this study is to improve our understanding of the linkages and dependencies between connecting Victorians with nature and behaviour change to support biodiversity.
In a bid to reduce environmental harms associated with single use plastics, Australian states and territories have begun to ban single-use, lightweight shopping bags. This project will consider behaviour change programs that could supplement a plastic bag ban to avoid perverse outcomes such as purchasing thicker plastic bags or additional plastic bin liners. It will also consider whether behaviour that reduces the use of one kind of single-use plastic could be used to encourage other plastic-reduction behaviours.
More Victorians are renting than ever before. Tenants are constrained in the degree to which they can control energy bills, home comfort and greenhouse gas emissions. This project will seek to understand the motivations and barriers for landlords to make investments in transitioning rental properties to low carbon homes, such as a decision to install photovoltaic panels. The project will also test interventions designed to encourage energy efficiency investments.
Upcoming legislation states that all Victorians must now take reasonable and practical steps to prevent harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste. This requirement brings into scope new behaviours to meet this general duty and significantly expands the size and diversity of the groups that EPA must work with. The aim of this project is to identify behaviours that will meet this general duty requirement, and to develop and trial different regulator tools to determine their influence on these behaviours among high priority groups.
As a result of a recent government reform, EPA has a new core function to communicate the public health risks from pollution and waste, and respond to community concerns. As part of this role, EPA is not only keen for all Victorians to understand these health risks, but to also take actions to prevent their exposure to pollutants. This project aims to identify and trial tools and approaches that engage the Victorian community with these public health risks, and to track real changes in behaviour to identify whether a demonstrable reduction in impacts from, or exposure to, pollutants has occurred.
Despite a relatively harmonious Australia, there are still many people who experience prejudice because of their race, religion, disability or other differences. To redress this, a movement named Inclusive Australia has been formed to facilitate and behaviour change to make Australia more inclusive. This PhD will investigate and trial approaches aimed at encouraging participating organisations to utilise evaluation tools and take up recommendations that emerge from the research.
Prospective candidates from different backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.
Step 1 – Expression of Interest: Prospective candidates will be required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered.
As part of the EOI, applicants are required to nominate their preferred projects (in order of preference) and submit the following:
For further information, refer to the requirements for the Faculty of Arts.
Step 2 - Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary, in November/December 2017.
Step 3 - Application: The successful applicant will be sent an offer to apply in December 2017 and will be asked to complete the Monash PhD and Scholarship application process. At this point, more rigorous background checks will occur to ensure eligibility and suitability for both candidature and scholarship. If successful, the applicant will be notified in December.
It’s not too late to apply! Limited places left, closing soon. Submit your EOI based on the project (still open) that most interests you!
Step 4 - Enrolment and Commencement: Successful applicants will be required to enrol into the Monash Doctorate in Philosophy in late January/Early February for a 26 March 2018 start.
Applicants must meet Monash Scholarship eligibility for entry into the BC-GRIP. Scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s academic record, research output and prior research experience. Details of the relevant requirements are available at https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/apply
Applicants must also show excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel and work from multiple locations including Clayton (Victoria) and the Melbourne CBD.
Priority will be given to applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelors degree with First Class Honours (H1) or qualifications and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University
If your qualifications don’t meet the H1 level, your experience as a researcher could be considered equivalent. Check our eligibility equivalencies for more details.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research, have adequate training and the ability to pursue the proposed course of study.