Dear All,


The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (UNSW) has begun advertisement for its prestigious Scientia PhD scholarship program for 2019 – see  


I am contacting you specifically in relation to the project “Wellbeing challenges for green infrastructure in the densifying city”, which has been approved as a Scientia scholarship project, and for which I am the nominated primary supervisor. The project description on the University’s website reads as follows:


The health and wellbeing benefits of urban green space are indisputable. Yet how these benefits can be attenuated by the consequences of climate change and urban densification – crowding, heatwaves, air pollution, traffic noise and so on– remains poorly understood. Through application of smart technologies, physical data collection, qualitative and observational research, this innovative project will derive a deeper understanding of the diverse health-associated aspects of urban space. Analysis of this rich dataset will enable development of an evidence-based model to explain how ambient physical and experiential attributes of place interact, thereby informing urban planning and design.

The candidate will have a demonstrated track record in cutting edge research and/or practice across the built environment disciplines of urban planning, sustainability and landscape architecture. In addition, the candidate will evince a clear understanding of the relationship between the built environment and human physical and mental health and wellbeing. Acknowledging the importance of big data and informatics to both health and urbanism, and the growing capacity of UNSW in this space, we propose to establish an advisory ‘reference group’ to provide relevant specialist support for the project supervisory team and candidate.  Membership will encompass Plus Alliance partners at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, as well as locally based experts in healthy built environments (all well known to the supervisory team).  Prospective Scientia PhD supervisors have been asked to spread the word to our contacts and networks to maximise the ‘catchment’ of potential students.  So please feel free to forward this information to your own networks where relevant, and please contact me if you want to know more about the research.


I have attached a copy of the scholarship Terms and Conditions FYI. In addition to the scholarship funding, successful international applicants for Scientia scholarships will not have to pay the tuition fees which usually apply to international research students.


The deadline for applicants to contact nominated supervisors is 20th July 2018. Offers will be made to successful candidates in the first week of November 2018. It is expected there will be two intakes (dates TBC) in February and September 2019.




Paul Osmond

Sustainable Built Environment Program

Faculty of Built Environment  |  UNSW Sydney


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