Reuse Organisations, Land Use Planning, and the Circular Economy

  • Scholarship available

    The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $29,000 per annum for 3.3 years with additional research and conference travel support.

  • Expected to start by 31 March 2021
  • Apply by 1 November 2020 @ 11:55 pm AEST
  • Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Professor Carl Grodach (

How to apply


The PhD will contribute to a research project funded by the Australian Research Council called Measuring the benefits of reuse in the circular economy. This project is led by Associate Professor Ruth Lane, Dr Julian Yates, and Professor Carl Grodach in partnership with Charitable Recycling Australia, Sustainability Victoria, Qld Dept of Environment and Science and Green Industries SA. The project will advance understanding of reuse commodity chains, their societal benefits and contributions to a more sustainable circular economy. Drawing on case study research with charitable and community reuse organisations, factors facilitating or inhibiting reuse will be identified, and rigorous methods developed for assessing the benefits of reuse organisations in terms of quantities of materials processed, employment, skills development and contributions to regional economic development. Research outputs will provide a sound evidence base for government policy and decision-making and strengthen conceptual understanding of drivers and enablers of reuse and links with broader economic activities.

The successful PhD candidate will study under the supervision of Professor Grodach and Dr Yates with input from Associate Professor Lane. Their project will study the workplace characteristics and land use requirements of reuse organisations and eco-industrial precincts that co-locate repair, recycling, reuse, and manufacturing facilities. Reuse organisations of various types comprise a potentially important yet overlooked component of the urban industrial base in Australian cities. They may also contribute to addressing fundamental problems of current systems of production and consumption that contribute to climate instability and rising inequality. The final project parameters will be determined by the student in consultation with their supervisors.

Candidate Requirements

  • This scholarship opportunity is open to domestic applicants only – this includes Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.
  • The successful applicant will have an excellent academic record in urban planning, geography, or a related field. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are essential. Proficiency in GIS is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in Monash Art, Design and Architecture are available here.
  • Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. The Monash PhD includes a coursework and/or a Professional Development component.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to enrol in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.