PhD Scholarship: Assessing the environmental benefits of alternative housing models

PhD Scholarship: Assessing the environmental benefits of alternative housing models

Supervisor: Associate Professor Robert Crawford

As part of the Thrive Research Hub, the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne is offering a scholarship to support a PhD candidate under the supervision of Associate Professor Robert Crawford.

PhD Project Summary

A critical need for more sustainable and affordable housing is leading to the emergence of a new wave of housing models. The Nightingale Model is just one example. This model attempts to provide housing that is environmentally and financially sustainable, socially inclusive, positively impacts the urban environment and promotes better health and well-being outcomes. It strives to make the shift from buildings that are built for maximum financial return to a focus on the people who will live there and their impact on the environment and local communities. There are several key aspects to this approach, which include material reductionism, access to public transport, healthy indoor environments, common spaces, proximity to essential services, minimising costs of living, transparent governance and decision-making, education, and collaboration.

The aim of this project will be to quantify the broad range of environmental benefits associated with this model of housing, using The Commons and Nightingale 1 as case studies. To do this, the environmental performance of these apartment buildings will be quantified, covering construction, operation and transport-related aspects. Environmental parameters that may be considered include: energy, water, waste, raw material resources, and indoor air quality (humidity, CO2 levels, particulates, VOCs). Overall environmental benefits will be determined by comparing to conventional buildings of the same scale and type.

The ideal candidate will hold a tertiary qualification in architecture, engineering, construction or a related field.

The scholarship offers an annual tax-free stipend of $26,916 (indexed annually) for three years with one possible 6-month extension.

The successful candidate must meet the entry requirements for entry into the PhD in the Melbourne School of Design and receive an offer of admission. This scholarship is available for Australian or New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents studying full-time only. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must include a two page research proposal addressing the project outline detailed above.

Information on eligibility and the application process are available at:

Visit this website for more information on the Thrive Research Hub.

Further enquiries can be directed to Associate Professor Robert Crawford.

Closing date: Friday 24 March 2017