PhD Research Opportunity – Impacts of the environment on health, human capital and productivity

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Opportunity
The Centre for Health Economics at Monash University invites expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship covering all fees and a tax-free stipend: min $27,596 per annum, with potential top-up stipends for high ranking students. The PhD research opportunity will commence in February 2020 and aims to describe and identify the impacts of changing climate conditions on health, human capital accumulation and productivity. Using exciting new sources of big data and modern econometric techniques, this research opportunity will produce policy-relevant, causal estimates of the effects of increased exposure to weather extremes on outcomes that have direct consequences for people’s standard of living. Depending on the student’s interest, potential projects may include the impacts of climate on: child and/or adult health; children’s development and performance at school; and workplace productivity, injuries and absenteeism.

Centre for Health Economics Monash University
The Centre for Health Economics is an internationally renowned institution that contributes to academic research and public policy in the economics of health and health care. As a student in the centre you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting-edge of important international research, using the latest methods. We offer excellent research facilities including a dedicated student study space, a behavioural laboratory, high quality computing facilities, and frequent seminars. Monash is one of the top 100 universities in the world, ranked top in health economics in the Asia Pacific. The Business School contains both a leading Economics Department and a distinct Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics with an international reputation in theoretical and applied econometrics.

The Person
The project would suit someone with a strong quantitative background (e.g. econometrics, statistics), and with an interest in applying these skills to research at the intersection of health and environmental economics. Applicants must have an excellent academic track record with a first class honours degree or master’s degree (with research component) in a relevant quantitative field (e.g. economics, econometrics, statistics, environmental studies).
Only domestic applicants are eligible for a February 2020 commencement date (Australian citizens and permanent residents, and NZ citizens). International students interested in a later commencement date of July 2020 will also be considered.

Under the supervision of Prof David Johnston and Dr Rachel Knott, the project will provide a greater understanding of the ways in which changing climate conditions are impacting people’s lives. The research will involve the application of advanced econometric methods to large administrative datasets and longitudinal surveys.
As part of the PhD program, the candidate will undergo rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies. There are further opportunities for conference travel and the potential for a research visit to one of our international partner institutions.

Expression of interest
Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to as early as possible (deadline is listed below). In your expression of interest please include your CV (with details of two referees), a copy of your academic transcripts, and a cover letter that outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD opportunity interests you. Those applicants who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full scholarship application before the scholarship closing date.

Further enquiries
Further information on our PhD program can be found at
If you have any questions about the research project please contact David Johnston at or Rachel Knott at
If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact:

Closing Dates
EOI by Sunday 6th October 2019; full applications by Thursday 31st October 2019