The University of Wollongong is currently offering a PhD scholarship in Urban Geography for a student to work on the topic of Sharing Cities. The project will be supervised by Prof Pauline McGuirk in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and AUSCCER (the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research).
Cities are increasingly said to be on the cusp of transition towards becoming ‘sharing cities’, underpinned by share economies, collaborative forms of social provisioning and ‘commoning’ of urban resources and assets. Emergent and increasingly pervasive smart technologies are fuelling tech-enabled sharing initiatives with a vast variety of forms and motivations. Initiatives include: ride-sharing, tool libraries, meal-sharing; energy sharing, creative commons, seed libraries, and accommodation sharing. Meanwhile understanding cities as sharing or shareable cities is increasingly influencing urban governments who are seeking to harness, support and regulate the dynamics of share initiatives towards a variety of agenda as new possibilities emerge and new interests take shape. The ‘sharing city’ appears to have capabilities to be: a source of social innovation; a route to sustainable urban futures wherein smart technology is linked to justice, solidarity and sustainability; a potent economic development strategy and a means of furthering cities’ global competitiveness as ‘smart cities’. Whatever the case, the sharing city, its geographies, practices and politics represent vibrant dimensions of urban change and potentially potent vectors of urban transition. Many aspects of the sharing city demand investigation including: its rationalities; the mechanisms and technologies through which the assets of the city are made shareable; how it is being governed, including through its absorption into urban policy frameworks, and the implications for urban geographies and urban politics. Applicants are required to write a short proposal outlining a research project on the broad topic of the Sharing City, summarising project’s aims, methods and potential contribution to academic literature/policy debates. A wide variety of projects will be considered.
How to apply
Applicants should submit:
- A cover letter; a short proposal outlining the research project, a CV and relevant academic transcripts to Professor Pauline McGuirk, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A full Higher Degree Research (HDR) admission application, available at https://www.uow.edu.au/apply/index.html.
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