PhD Scholarship: Towards Resilience and Sustainability: Innovation and Disruption in Service Delivery of Hunter Water
Friday, 6 April 2018
The advent of disruptive technologies such as social media and crypto currencies are making new business approaches possible in ways that are increasingly hard to foresee, and yet increasingly come to display Black Swan characteristics.
One PhD scholarship is available for a research program in innovation and disruption in service delivery at Hunter Water under the supervision of Associate Professor Graham Brewer. We are seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated and enthusiastic applicant interested in pursuing an intensive PhD program in working towards building resilient and sustainable futures.
The projects will be undertaken in partnership between Hunter Water, the University of Newcastle and CIFAL Newcastle. Details of the research project are below.
The advent of disruptive technologies such as social media and crypto currencies are making new business approaches possible in ways that are increasingly hard to foresee, and yet increasingly come to display Black Swan characteristics. Their emergence is all the more important given the increased dynamism of technological push and cultural pull factors, combined with increased societal expectations: the South Australian Mega Battery and Virtual Power Plant are recent examples. These expectations address age-old demand for improved quality and availability at lower costs, and whilst businesses have always striven to achieve these seemingly contradictory requirements, enterprises involved in the provision of public utilities have always found themselves in quasi-monopolistic positions.
This has been because of both the complexity of service delivery infrastructure and the requirements of public regulators in relation to service provision and safety. In a time where "small government" and expectations of lower statutory costs for services are increasing, the pressure for water utilities to develop innovative approaches to deliver their services to their clients is high. It brings with it additional challenges in terms of satisfying the requirements of regulators, assuring consumers of the continued quality of product, concurrently – and irrevocably – altering approaches to service provision. This is a challenge for both producer and consumer, organisation and society.
This research project, which is sponsored by Hunter Water and the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, specifically focuses on the service provider, exploring organisational willingness to innovate, preparedness for the consequent disruption to institutional culture, identifying both the barriers and enablers to innovation, and ways to enhance business performance of Hunter Water in pursuit of resilient water solutions that are sustainable over the long term. Successful candidate will be encouraged to complete a Thesis by Publication. The successful candidate will be expected to enrol full-time at the University of Newcastle and commence studies by the end of May 2018.
PhD Scholarship details
Provider: Hunter Water and the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Details of funding on offer: The successful students will be expected to complete bi-annual report on findings to date to the sponsor.
Supervisor: Associate Professor Graham Brewer
Available to: Domestic and International students
Fields of Research: Architecture, Construction Management, Disaster Management
The successful applicant must meet the University of Newcastle’s admission eligibility criteria.
Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest, including scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project, to Graham.Brewer@newcastle.edu.au by 6 April 2018 at 5pm.
Applications Close 6 April 2018
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