Here’s an opportunity for a bike-rider who wants a research challenge.
Earlier this week I met with Assoc. Prof. Matt Bourke after he contacted me to discuss a few projects he is working on and exchange some ideas. Matt is the Principal Research Fellow for the Cities Research Institute (CRI – Griffith Uni). I was delighted to find out he is a bike rider and to see cycling
I am always happy to met a fellow bike rider making positive change. It was great to see cycling paraphernalia dotted around his office. We need more prominent two-wheeling academics!
Matt and I have a number of research and interest overlap in non-motorised travel, physical activity and health and urban travel. However, my interests are squarely on bicycles, community engagement and contested spaces, whereas he is more transport planning, policy, design and implementation.
Which meant there was lots to talk about!
One interesting thing we discussed is that Matt is currently looking for a candidate to undertake a PhD in transport and equity with his team.
Anyone up for the challenge?
What is the focus area of this PhD?
The CRI forecasts requiring double the amount of post-graduate degree candidates within its first six months – this is part of that expansion.
Currently, CRI is focused on investigating ‘place based social policy in Australian cities’ and has over 100 students working on:
- Urban planning and water: Towards a new institutional paradigm
- Environmental management tools
- Working with marginalised groups via cultural development practices
- Improving state governance of Australian urban regions
What exactly is this PhD in Transport Opportunity?
Here are the details for SEEK. To apply and get the links click here.
Why is this PhD role so special?
This role also is very prestigious within the transport sector as it is working with CRI and Griffith University, which are highly regarded as:
- Griffith University is in the top 100 in the world for Transportation Science & Technology in the latest Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.
- The Griffith Transport Research (GTR) team was awarded the Griffith Sciences ‘Excellence in a research team’ award for 2015.
- GTR has at least ten PhD scholars working in transport research at any one time across the group.
- The GRT has won six prestigious Australian Research Council grants since 2009, and they have collaborations with leading international researchers from Europe, North America and increasingly in Asia.
- GTR work with and cross various disciplines including travel behaviour, transport & land use, transport economics, transport engineering, transport planning, transport law, logistics, and transport & environment.
- Their work covers all modes including walking, cycling, public transport, ferries, roads, freight, shipping and aviation.
- The new CRI is designed to become the pre-eminent Australian centre for trans-disciplinary research on the integration of infrastructure, place-making and community and economic development in cities.
- This role is based at Griffith Uni’s Brisbane campus at Nathan in the Sir Samuel Griffith Building, which is an innovative flagship research building and is an award -winning 6-star sustainable building produces zero emissions.
I would love to see more bike riders taking an active role in research, planning and policy – and this is one great way to do it. A PhD is a serious undertaking, but for those who are up for the challenge, the results would be not only personal gains but would have significant positive and enduring impacts for the future of city development and for all community members. What a brilliant way to progress the cycling and active transportation agenda!
If interested, contact:
Assoc. Prof Burke
Skype or WeChat (with the username/ID ‘drmattburke’)
Phone: +61 7 3735 7106