PhD Scholarship - Indigenous Policy at School of Political Science and International Studies

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We offer a wide range of courses in public policy, Australian politics, international relations, peace and conflict studies, political economy and political and social theory. Our courses are concerned with how we make sense of the world in which we live, the current challenges we face and how both Australian and international political institutions ought to respond to complex policy problems in an era of globalisation and rapid social change.

Outstanding applicants are encouraged to apply for a new PhD scholarship available from February 2011, to undertake a project into capability theory and Indigenous policy. Stipend $27,222 pa for three years.

Project Details: The PhD project is a component of an ARC-funded Linkage Project into ‘Democratic Dialogue and Capabilities: New Opportunities in Post-Reconciliation Australia’. Chief Investigators on the project are Prof Patrick Dodson (http://ipdru.arts.unsw.edu.au/), A/Prof Sarah Maddison and A/Prof Katharine Gelber. Partner Organisations are the Benevolent Society (http://www.bensoc.org.au/) and Reos Partners (http://www.reospartners.com/). The student will be supervised by A/Prof Katharine Gelber, and the student will be located at the University of Queensland (www.uq.edu.au).

The PhD student will undertake research into the potential application of capability theory to the development of Indigenous policy in Australia. The PhD topic fits within a broader research agenda, namely that of analysing whether a process of democratic dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can have capability-enhancing effects. The findings from the PhD project are expected to enhance the development of a process of democratic dialogue in the broader project. The successful applicant may occasionally be required to travel to participate in dialogue meetings.

Honours (first or second class), or Masters (Research) in a relevant discipline such as Political Science, Philosophy, Indigenous Studies or Social Policy.
An understanding of Indigenous policy is essential.

Application Process:
Please submit:
· a letter of application summarising what interests you about this topic
· your current curriculum vitae
· a certified copy of your Academic Transcript, and
· the names and contact details for two refereees

to Associate Professor Katharine Gelber
Reader in Politics and Public Policy
School of Political Science and International Studies
University of Queensland
St Lucia Qld 4072

For further information about the project please contact Associate Professor Katharine Gelber (k.gelber@uq.edu.au).
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