PhD Scholarship: Prefabrication for Affordable Housing

PhD Scholarship: Prefabrication for Affordable Housing

Supervisor: Associate Professor Robert Crawford

As part of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMP.H), the University of Melbourne together with Amoveo is offering a scholarship to support a PhD candidate under the supervision of Associate Professor Robert Crawford within the Melbourne School of Design, and in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Engineering.

PhD Project Summary

Housing affordability has become a major concern in Australia particularly over the last several years, due to factors such as rising house prices and rental costs. An increasing number of people are finding themselves subject to housing stress. First home buyers are struggling to break into the housing market and low-to-medium income earners are being forced to compete with higher income earners for a limited number of affordable rental properties. Various strategies for increasing the availability of affordable housing have been proposed, such as innovative financing instruments and housing models. Addressing the costs of housing construction and ownership are also important factors. In this context, prefabricated housing may offer a potential solution through reduced construction costs, improved quality and better long-term performance.

The aim of this project is to determine the potential for prefabrication to provide a solution for affordable housing and address current housing affordability issues. In order to achieve this the successful candidate will focus on identifying the key factors affecting the affordability of prefabricated housing; analyse the life cycle costs associated with prefabricated housing and compare them to conventional housing types; and identify strategies for achieving affordable housing through prefabrication.

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 $31,298 per annum (indexed) for three years.

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 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: http://study.msd.unimelb.edu.au/programs/doctor-of-philosophy/overview

Visit the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing website for more information on the project.

Further enquiries can be directed to Associate Professor Robert Crawford.

Closing date: Friday 17 March 2017

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