PhD Scholarship in the social determinants of health equity at RegNet

14th October 2015

Regulatory Institutions Network (Australian National University) PhD Scholarship

Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Equity

Closing date for Expression of Interest: 23 November 2015


Opportunity for a three-year full-time PhD scholarship within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Equity (CRESDHE). The PhD scholar will be based within the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the ANU with Professor Sharon Friel as the primary supervisor.

About the CRESDHE

There is increasing concern about the growing financial, social and health inequities in Australia, a country that prides itself on a ‘fair go’. Although the power of social, cultural and economic forces to influence health - the so-called social determinants of health - is well demonstrated, the translation of this evidence into equity-focused action has been slow. This brings into focus the many political and policy challenges. Yet the governance arrangements that make for effective policy and action are poorly understood, both theoretically and empirically.

The goal of the CRESDHE is to provide evidence on how governance, regulation and policy processes could function more effectively in order to achieve better and more equitable health outcomes. The work of the CRESDHE is organised into four work-packages, each focused on a stage of the policy process: agenda-setting, policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. The work is also organized around four thematic areas: macroeconomics and infrastructure, land use and urban environments, the health system, and indigenous peoples.

Expressions of interest for the ANU PhD are particularly welcome in the areas of macroeconomics and infrastructure; and land use and urban environments, related to questions of governance and the policy processes.

For further information or to discuss the CRESDHE and the role of PhD scholar, contact Prof Friel ( We encourage applicants to contact Prof Friel to discuss their proposal idea before submitting an expression of interest.


The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants wishing to commence a full-time PhD early 2016. The annual stipend of the scholarship is valued at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) equivalent, which is $25.849 for 2015. The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of three years.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship a student must:

  • Be enrolled, or be seeking to enrol, as a full-time student in a research higher degree program at the Australian National University; and
  • Have completed an Australian university honours degree (at the level honours 2A or above), or equivalent prior studies in Australia or elsewhere (for example a bachelor’s degree plus a graduate diploma or a master’s degree) that includes some research work in the field of public health and/or social sciences.

To express your interest

For guidelines regarding how to express your interest, please consult RegNet’s website at After doing so, submit the following materials to RegNet’s Head of Postgraduate Programs, Dr Kathryn Henne ( and Prof Sharon Friel (

  1. Completed expression of interest form
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)
  5. Thesis proposal (5-10 pages)

After reviewing the expressions of interest, we will invite applicants whose proposals fit the terms and scope of the scholarship to lodge a formal application to the ANU.

Environment and team

The PhD student will be located in RegNet and work closely with colleagues in the CRESDHE. RegNet is one of five Schools/Centres in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP). RegNet is a dynamic community of scholars from different disciplines united by our interest in governance and regulation. It has received international recognition as one of the world’s most vibrant governance and regulatory academic centres, combining rigorous interdisciplinary research with innovative forms of knowledge translation locally, nationally and globally. Our work is built on principles of justice, sustainability and human wellbeing. Currently we work in the following thematic areas: Climate, Energy & Environments; Human Rights; Law & Justice; Society, Safety & Health; Trade, Investment & Intellectual Property.

The CRESDHE is funded for 5 years by the NHMRC. It is a collaborative project involving lead researchers from Flinders University, the Australian National University, University of Sydney and University of Ottawa. Through the Centre, the PhD scholar will enjoy an exceptional environment for research and career development, working within a team that includes leading Australian and international researchers on SDH including: Prof Fran Baum (Southgate Institute); Prof Sharon Friel (RegNet, ANU); Prof Ron Labonte (University of Ottawa); Prof Margaret Whitehead (University of Liverpool); and Prof Michael Marmot (University College London).

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