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Study for a PhD at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance 

The UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) is dedicated to enhancing our knowledge of local government and its effectiveness, and addressing  societal challenges and public policy issues. The Institute has excellent links with national and international governmental and non-government bodies, first class facilities and we strongly encourage a collegiate ethos.

The Institute promotes a cooperative approach to learning, research and consultancy, and maintains close ties with a large number of local government associations, professional institutes and academic bodies in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and globally. The Institute also works closely with local, state and federal government organisations.

A range of Doctorates and modes of study are available including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and UTS Industry Doctorate Program and International Collaborative PhD Degrees with our partners around the world. A Doctorate at UTS:IPPG enables candidates to collaborate with IPPG's top-rated academic researchers and with UTS’s departments across a variety of disciplines. As a UTS:IPPG PhD candidate you will be co-located with a vibrant team of academics and consultants. For suitable candidates there may be opportunities to gain valuable teaching and administration experience; to present your research at internal seminars, national and international conferences; to collaborate with academics on research projects and publications; to work with consultants on applied research, policy and evaluation projects; to develop your networks and maximise the impact of your doctoral research.

Particular areas of expertise and supervisory capacity at the Institute include, but are not necessarily limited, to:

  • Community Development and Social Impact – participatory democracy, community mobilisation, grassroots governance, co-design of policies and co-production of services, urban renewal and urban regeneration.
  • Intergovernmental Relations, Governance and Partnerships – multi-level governance; metropolitan reforms and metropolitan governance; rescaling the state; public-private partnerships; institutional restructuring; strategic collaboration, cross-border alliances and growth coalitions.
  • Local Government Studies – the nature, role and effectiveness of local government; national and international comparative local government practice, local government in developing countries; local government and economic development.
  • Public Policy – a diverse range of policy topics including social policy, housing policy and local and regional development policy.
  • Urban Studies, Housing Studies and Urban Planning – new urban trends and challenges arising from contemporary patterns of urbanisation, including the implications for urban theory, urban policy, urban politics, urban marginality and urban political economy.
  • Organisational Ethics and the Public Sector – governance and oversight; ethical theorising; and the public sector and codes of conduct.

We recruit Doctoral candidates from a variety of disciplinary fields and diverse professional backgrounds and encourage applications to consider the utilisation of quantitative, qualitative, mixed or experimental research techniques. Generous financial support is also available for Doctoral candidates to conduct fieldwork and participate in national and international conferences.

Reflecting the wide-ranging base of our doctoral community, upon graduation career opportunities are available in academia, in research roles for government, the private sector and other non-governmental organisations, public policy and analytical positions.

Scholarships are available for suitably qualified applicants. 

Further information

For further information on our PhD program please contact Professor Alan Morris, email: alan.morris@uts.edu.au

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