Net Zero Precincts Linkage PhD - Net zero mobility design solutions

  • Scholarship available

    The successful applicant will receive $29,500 p.a. as a full-time stipend (pro-rata).

  • Expected to start by 1 April 2022
  • Apply by 4 October 2021 @ 11:55 pm AEST
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How to apply


An opportunity exists for a talented designer to engage first hand with critical work in designing mobility solutions for decarbonising our cities.

The Mobility Design Lab is actively seeking a PhD candidate for its Net Zero Precincts Project. This ARC funded scholarship position aims to help cities and urban regions reach net zero emissions by taking the precinct as an optimal scale for urban sustainability transition. The successful applicant will receive a scholarship and work to develop design interventions that address alternatives to the use of carbon based energy systems. This investigation includes designing for future electrical mobility networks as well as the encouragement of active travel modes.

About the position

The PhD research project is based at the Monash Arts, Design and Architecture (MADA) faculty and is focused on creating and developing design interventions that enable and encourage precinct communities to transition from mobility that uses carbon-based fuel systems to those that do not. This includes investigations into the impact of and support for electric powered vehicles and active travel modes and the systems of use, business models and governance that underpin them. This PhD project will be structured as a Living Lab experiment, working alongside four other PhD projects in energy, buildings, governance and data science within the broader ARC Linkage Net Zero Precincts program of research. This focus on transitions in mobility forms is a key component of the Linkage project as transportation is still one of the worst carbon polluting activities in cities. Encouraging and delivering a change in mobility behaviours is a vital part of achieving overall net zero emissions in cities.

The aim of the project is to design and validate a comprehensive precinct ecosystem of mobility services that recognises their seamless integration as an essential aspect of a precinct-scale transition towards net zero emissions. The PhD candidate will undertake a 3.5 year investigation and design project that engages with the vital work of decarbonising urban mobility at precinct scale. It would be anticipated that the experience garnered through this work would serve the candidate well in their future endeavours as the subject of decarbonisation becomes increasingly important. The candidate will review both existing academic and grey literature and existing and aspirational design practice relevant to mobility transitions to net zero at precinct scale. They will become familiar, engage with and co-create Living Lab experiments at the Monash Clayton campus where the research is located. The PhD candidate will undertake research - both independently and with other team members - to understand existing and possible future mobilities using techniques such as design ethnographic techniques, travel diaries, user focus groups and mapping exercises, such as a service ecology.

Essential: Applicants should have either a Masters or Bachelor Degree (with Honours) in Industrial Design, Service Design, Visual Communication, Architecture or equivalent Design related qualification.

Desirable: Understanding and accomplished design skills which include the ability to create, control and articulate form, understand methods of construction and manufacture. The candidate should ideally have CAD skills in at least one commonly used industry software. The ability and confidence to draw and make prototypical structures in a variety of materials highly desired. Further to this, experience or affinity with social science methods in the context of sustainability transitions in the mobility sector is considered a strength.

In addition to the scholarship, research candidates at MADA have access to resources and funding to support research undertaken during their candidature. The project will be commencing in February 2022 but there is some flexibility regarding the date of commencement depending on the candidate’s availability.