PhD Research Opportunity – Evaluation of an Environmental Intervention in Informal Settlements

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2019

The Opportunity
Monash University invites expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship covering all fees and a tax-free stipend ($27,872 p.a.).

The student will join the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) project team. RISE is an international research program working at the intersections of health, environment, and water and sanitation. Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions in Suva Fiji and Makassar Indonesia, RISE is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure to improve the water and sanitation cycle and ultimately, improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations. See

While evidence suggests that water and sanitation interventions can be effective in improving health outcomes, the extent to which interventions are ultimately deployed is determined by demonstrations of ‘value for money’ that economic analyses provide. This PhD project will focus on economic evaluations of the RISE intervention. This includes employing a range of methods to analyse survey and administrative data to value all the health and non-health benefits of the RISE intervention, including intangible benefits such as improved mental wellbeing.

Travel to research sites in Indonesia and Fiji is expected. As is travel to RISE partner universities (especially Emory University, USA).

The PhD project must commence in 2020, but the exact starting date is negotiable.

Centre for Health Economics Monash University
The PhD student will be located in the Centre for Health Economics (CHE). The CHE 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.

The Person
The project would suit someone with a strong quantitative background (econometrics, statistics), and with an interest in applying these skills to research at the intersection of health and environmental economics. Experience in economic evaluation would be an advantage, but not essential, as training and coursework are available. 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, public health).
Only domestic applicants are eligible (Australian citizens and permanent residents, and NZ citizens).

Expression of interest
Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to In your expression of interest please include your CV, 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.

Further enquiries
If you have any questions about the research project please contact Prof David Johnston at or Dr Rohan Sweeney at

Closing Dates
EOI by Monday 16th December 2019