Investigating Ethical Consumerism PhD Scholarship at QUT in Australia 2021

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) invites applications for the Investigating Ethical Consumerism PhD Scholarship in Australia for the 2021/22 academic year.

This PhD Scholarship is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project investigating the role of non-government organisations (NGOs) in combating modern slavery with ethical consumerism. Through a world-first study of Australia’s anti-slavery advocacy network, this project aims to develop recommendations for how NGOs can work in concert with the state to mobilise ethical consumers and investors and engage corporations, to address complex global problems such as modern slavery.

While there is some flexibility in the specifics of the PhD project to be undertaken, it is intended that the successful candidate would focus on consumers and investors, and the factors that mobilise their participation in marketplace political activism to prevent modern slavery.

Worth of Award

For this reason, you will receive a scholarship, tax-exempt and indexed annually of $28,597 per annum for a period of three years. This comes with a possible six-month extension (subject to satisfactory progress).

International students will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree tuition fee scholarship.
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Additional funding to support fieldwork and research dissemination may also be available.

In a similar vein, the successful candidate will work within QUT’s Centre for Justice, a vibrant and collaborative research centre. This is with a strong focus on achieving social justice in a globalised world.


In order to be eligible, you must

  • meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students
  • have an honours or research masters degree
  • ideally have undertaken previous studies at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level in:
    • political science
    • public policy
    • sociology
    • critical criminology
    • business management
    • a related field.

You should also have:

  • a strong interest in political participation and social movements
  • a desire to study the intersections between government, civil society, corporations and the public in addressing complex global problems.

Very Important

Consideration will be given to your ability to be in Australia before July 2021, taking into account Australia’s current COVID-19 border restrictions.

How to Apply

You should contact Dr Erin O’Brien to discuss your application before you submit an expression of interest (EOI).

Afterwards, you must submit an EOI to study for a PhD before applying for this scholarship.

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For this scholarship, your EOI must also include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent for international applicants
  • a sample of your academic or research writing
  • details of three referees (email, address and contact number).

The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Dr Erin O’Brien listed as your proposed principal supervisor.

Deadline: Applications close on Friday, March 26, 2021, by 5 pm. 


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