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Location Griffith University, Griffith Criminology Institute
App. deadline 03/10/2017
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Eligibility Australian residents only

Resilience and the Anthropocene: new securities for new harms

Founded in 2015, the establishment of the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) reflects the culmination and solidification of the community of criminology, crime and justice scholars from across the University who collectively represent one of the largest, most vibrant and high performing criminology communities in the world.

Our vision is to produce cutting-edge knowledge that helps create safe, just, well-governed and equitable societies.

Prospective Research Higher Degree students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship with the Griffith Criminology Institute. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship and Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship applications are currently open, closing Tuesday 3 October 2017. These Scholarship opportunities each provide a living allowance of approximately $26,682 per annum.

GCI Strategic Priorities and Top-up Funding

A GCI funded Scholarship Top-up (valued at $6,000 per annum) is available for an outstanding student working project outlined below. Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD programme and be awarded a Scholarship to qualify for GCI Top-up funding. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact the supervisory team for the relevant project. Top-ups are available for four other projects relating to areas of strategic importance - click here for further details.

How to Apply

After reviewing the PhD project below, prospective applicants should make contact with the relevant supervisory team and ensure that details of the project are included in their Scholarship application. Contact must be made with the relevant supervisory team by 5pm Monday 25 September 2017. Where multiple enquires are received for a single PhD Project Topic, the supervisory team will notify the preferred candidate by Wednesday 27 September 2017 in order to allow submission of the Scholarship application. Only one GCI Top-up will be offered per selected topic area.

To apply for a scholarship, follow the process for submitting an online application outlined on the Griffith University website; The GCI will review the full scholarship application via the usual round assessment process and will make recommendations for Scholarships and Top-ups which align with the selected topics below.

PhD Project

Project Title: Resilience and the Anthropocene: new securities for new harms

Strategic Priority: Future Harms

Supervisory Team:

Professor Clifford Shearing (Email: or

Dr Kieran Hardy (Email: Phone: (07) 5552 7426)

Project Description

An outstanding doctoral candidate is sought to undertake studies in a broader project focused on the concept of resilience as a response to new global harms.

Today we live in a new earth (the earth of the Anthropocene era), which has been produced, in large part, as a consequence of the burning of fossil fuels to produce energy (particularly electricity).  This world, like that of cyberspace, is a world about which knowledge is not well developed. It is a world where uncertainly is pervasive and the risk of catastrophe is ever present. It is a world that is challenging existing thinking about the nature of ‘harmscapes’, existing harm management technologies and associated institutional arrangements.  This PhD will focus on understanding these landscape changes and understanding the new normative agendas and institutional arrangements that are emerging in response to them, particularly the concept of resilience. Resilience has been a prominent mentality and is invoked and used by practitioners and analysts in seeking to understand and respond to these developments.  This PhD will critically analyse how resilience is being used and understood in the Anthropocene context and ask whether and when the ‘resilience response’ is effective, efficient and equitable in response to uncertainty.

The research will involve searching for documents on line and through requests and their analysis as well as interviews, and may require travel.  Analysis will include the use of analytic tools such as NVIVO and ATLAS data analysis tools.  Experience with qualitative research methods, in particular a grounded theory approach, is desirable.

Other Important information:

The successful applicant will join an innovative team of researchers at the Griffith Criminology Institute who are undertaking interdisciplinary criminological and regulatory research on security governance and new harm landscapes.

As a doctoral student, you will develop expertise in cutting edge criminology and regulatory scholarship, gain experience in research design and methods, and produce insights that may lead to improved environmental and social outcomes in practice.

Applicants should be available to start in early 2018 and have the following attributes:

  • an undergraduate degree with first class honours in an appropriate discipline (such as criminology law, legal studies, environmental science, the humanities, social sciences, or some combination of these areas) etc.

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