Feminist PhD Opportunities

Three opportunities for PhD scholarships have come to my attention which would be appropriate for graduates in law.

If you are interested in exploring gender, social inclusion and law (and being paid to do it!) please think about applying.

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Hanoi by Roberto Trombetta CC BYNC 2.0

Scholarship 1: Assisted reproduction and new family formation (Marsden funded research project)

This project, based at Auckland University of Technology, NZ is under Associate Professor Sharyn Davies.

NZ is a global leader in the affirmation of sexual and reproductive rights, yet barriers to assisted reproductive technologies remain, particularly for single, poor, LGBTQ+, disabled, Māori and Pacific people, and new migrants.

Funded through Marsden (2019-2021), this research project uses cross-cultural comparative ethnography to explore for the first time the experiences of those unable to access state-funded assisted reproductive technologies, and who are thus rendered socially infertile.

The candidate will work alongside Associate Professor Sharyn Davies, Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw and Dr Elizabeth Kerekere and will contribute to understandings of how people denied access to ART create families in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research aims to ensure that all people in Aotearoa are able to create families regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or ability. The candidate’s research will focus on understanding the challenges in creating a family when ART is required but are access denied. The project will have a particular focus on people often excluded from such access, including LGBTQ, disabled people, single people, Muslim migrants, Māori and Pacific peoples. PhD projects focusing on Māori or Pacific groups are particularly welcome.

Aims of this research

  • Examine how these individuals form families, including through fertility travel
  • Formulate new ways of theorising kinship and family life
  • Promote acceptance of new forms of family

Applications close 31 October. Full info here.


Scholarships 2 and 3: Gender, Social inclusion and Water in Informal Settlements

Based at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, and working under me, Associate Professor Becky Batagol and Dr Sheela Sinharoy, Emory University.
We’re looking for two research students from a broad range of backgrounds, especially anyone who has previously studied gender or/and international development. (Knowledge of water, WASH and water infrastructure is much less important.) We’d like someone with an honours and/or masters degree in anthropology, sociology, gender studies, international development, law, or similar. Strong experience with collecting and analyzing qualitative and/or mixed-methods data. International work experience with local partners/stakeholders is preferred but not required.

The project is an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Water for Women Fund grant, awarded to Monash and Emory universities to carry out research as a sub-study within the larger Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) project to assess what does – and doesn’t – work in co-design, from an intersectional gender perspective. The goal of this sub-study is to generate new evidence on an intersectional gender and socially inclusive co-design approach that addresses social and technical aspects of safely managed water and sanitation, as well as structural inequalities faced by able-bodied and disabled women and girls, including in leadership, self-efficacy, safety and inclusion.

RISE is an action-research program exploring how to make water and sanitation more sustainable and inclusive by trialling the water sensitive cities approach in 24 urban informal settlements in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. Working alongside communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, the program aims to show that nature-based solutions – such as constructed wetlands and biofiltration gardens – can deliver low-impact, cost-effective health and environmental improvements. Underpinned by the emerging discipline of ‘planetary health’, RISE’s success will be measured by the health and wellbeing of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment. More information can be found at www.rise-program.org.

We have 2 x 3-year scholarships going on this project.

  • Expected start: February 2020
    • Applications close: 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019
    • Domestic fees at Monash University covered
    • Stipend: AUD $27,872 p.a.
    • Please note that travel to research sites in Indonesia and Fiji is expected

More details here.

Please email me at Becky.batagol@monash.edu if interested in learning more. Please spread the word.


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