PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Realising Resilience at Hunter Water

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Two PhD Scholarships are available through the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle for for a research program in realising resilience at Hunter Water under the supervision of Associate Professor Graham Brewer

Sustainable water security remains one of the greatest challenges faced by all communities for the future.  For the Hunter our population is expected to exceed 860,000 by 2036, therefore building resilience and a sustainable future water supply is a major priority for Hunter Water.

Hunter Water has partnered with CIFAL Newcastle to sponsor two PhD scholarships for a research program in realising resilience at Hunter Water.

Hunter Water Managing Director Jim Bentley acknowledges that Hunter Water must approach the challenges and opportunities presented by a growing region.

“This year Hunter Water turns 125, and as we celebrate our past we need to look to the future, so as the decisions we make today enable a better tomorrow.”

“A growing population  and  advances in  technology will  change how  communities of  tomorrow will want  to live. In the coming  years  Hunter Water  needs to  make significant  decisions  that will  impact  the way  we  deliver services, and  it’s  is critical  that  this  decision  making considers  the  community of  today,  as well  as  the community  of  the future.”

The project will be undertaken in partnership between Hunter Water, the University of Newcastle and CIFAL Newcastle.  Its purpose is to gain an understanding of the complex relationships between Hunter Water’s strategic direction and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This partnership will deliver a robust yet detailed mapping of the needs and aspirations of the community it serves whilst concurrently identifying the cultural barriers and enablers to resilient change.

Objectives of the scholarship program

1. To understand the links between personal attitudes, consequent behaviours, and the formation of group culture in relation to resilient water supply and usage in times of change.

2. To explain these links in the context of Hunter Water as an organisation, and the communities that it serves.

3. To develop models, tools or techniques that facilitate knowledge transfer thereby assisting Hunter Water as an organisation, and the communities that it serves, during the transition to more resilient water solutions.

This partnership highlights how the University can work collaboratively  with  local business  and  industry in  research,  innovation and  education  to build  the  capacity and sustainability of the region, building a better future for all.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from two highly motivated and enthusiastic applicants interested in pursuing an intensive PhD program in building resilience and sustainable futures. Information on the scholarships and application process can be found through the Office of Graduate Research.

Applications close Friday 29 September 2017.

Contact Graham Brewer
Phone 4921 5794