Globally, interest is growing in designing healthy, sustainable, ‘liveable’ cities. City planning has major social, environmental, wellbeing and economic implications. However, in Australia, we lack of a framework and methods to measure the intangibles of city planning. 

Value and duration

This scholarship provides a stipent of $31,000 per annum (pro-rata) for 3 years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension.

If the successful applicant is an International student, they will also be awarded an International Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship.

Number of scholarships available



Masters degree (or be close to obtaining your Masters) in Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Economics, Urban Economics or a related discipline. You will need an openness to cross-disciplinary research.

How to apply

Please email your curriculum vitae and an expression of interest to

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT’s University Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Further information

The PhD student will be based at the Centre of Urban Research (within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University), with over 80 academics over a range of city planning disciplines, including, transport, urban planning, geography, public health and economics. The project is multi-disciplinary and will contribute to the research conducted in the Enabling Capabilities Platform Urban Futures, specifically targeting at “Rethinking Urban Economics”.  Collaborations across schools and colleagues will be required.

The PhD student will be co-supervised by Professor Billie Giles-Corti (Principal supervisor), Dr Lucy Gunn and Dr Belén Zapata-Diomedi.


Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi,