PhD scholarship at QUT: Re-futuring poor South African communities

24 Jan 2017
PhD scholarship at QUT: Re-futuring poor South African communities

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia), in association with the University of the Free State (South Africa), has called for qualified candidates to apply for a paid, targeted PhD scholarship.

The candidate will potentially work between Brisbane, Australia and Bloemfontein, South Africa on the project Re-Future, which has been developed by Dr Keith Armstrong (associate director of the QUT Creative Lab Research Centre). The Re-Future project coalesces with the aims of the Social and Ecological Practices
Research Group at QUT which seek to understand, and demonstrate how transdisciplinary creative actions can best engage and affect the conditions of our contemporary world, with a specific focus upon people and species most affected by conditions of rapid change, conflict, racial tension, discrimination and environmental distress.

Re-Future is a partnership between Dr Armstrong, the QUT Creative Lab Research Centre, the University of the Free State, the Vrystaat Art Festival and Qala Pelang Tala (Start Living Green) social change initiative.

Is this for you?

  • Are you an artist-activist, a laterally thinking community development implementer, a transdisciplinary creative, a digital media artist focussed upon change-making practices, or some other kind of a passionate social, architecture, engineering or ecological change maker who would like to be paid to do a creatively driven PhD, working between South Africa and Australia?
  • Are you interested in applying your creative thinking (from any or several disciplines) and experimental practices to investigate new kinds of sustaining and regenerative futures?
  • How can social justice structures be influenced through creative ecological practices to enable marginalised individuals to influence their own livelihood future?
  • Are you prepared to work in some of the least resourced communities in South Africa, in collaboration with leading NGOs, artists, academics, students and the township communities that this project serves?
  • Whilst we cover all doctoral fees and provide a reasonably living allowance for three years, (potentially extendable to three-and-a-half). You will need to fund your own travel.

With whom would you be working?

Further information

Full applications are due by 28 February 2017.

Please visit the scholarship webpage and download the call document for further details.

If you feel that you are suited to the work, please contact Dr Keith Armstrong immediately with an overview of your background and thoughts, interests and enthusiasms.

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