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Applying for a research degree at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, will allow you to reimagine your career and transform your future.

Why study with us?

ADI fosters the study of complex social problems from a number of academic vantage points in a vibrant research environment that supports excellence, innovation and collaboration. As such, the Institute has a rich program of both theoretical and applied research.

We support our members through mentoring and training schemes, and help to develop career pathways for our early-career researchers and doctoral students. We’re open to new ways of thinking about and studying social phenomena, and our membership is drawn from diverse disciplines and areas of study. We share a commitment to lead high-impact knowledge creation that has a meaningful and measurable effect on lived human experiences.

The core fields of research at ADI are anthropology, criminology, political science, sociology, curatorial studies, history, philosophy and religion. However, we welcome expressions of interest from potential HDR students from within these fields and beyond.

The Institute’s research broadly aligns with our four research streams of People, Place, Heritage; Governance, Development and Peace; Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism; and Culture, Environment and Science. Members of these streams come from schools and faculties across Deakin and the research within each is varied.


To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have completed a research project in a related area, including a thesis that is equivalent to at least 25% of a year’s full-time study at Level 8 or 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework, with achievement of a grade equivalent to a Deakin grade of H1 (80%) OR a Masters’ Degree (Research) in a related area. Full eligibility criteria for PhD scholarships are available on the Deakin website.

Applying for a scholarship

Expressions of interests must be submitted to the Faculty Research Office, using the Faculty of Arts and Education EOI form.

For any enquiries please contact

Scholarship opportunities

Cultural Burning and Medicinal Plants

About the Scholarship

A full-time PhD scholarship is available for a First Nations student to study relationships between Cultural Burning and medicinal plants. This is a mixed-methods project to be undertaken among Community and on Native Title Land that is subject to Cultural Burning. This scholarship is part of an ARC funded DECRA project entitled: Narrating the Roles of Animals in Cultural Burning. This project recognises the holistic nature of First Nations land management practices and seeks to produce detailed knowledge of how people, plants and animals co-construct landscapes via the medium of cultural fire.

About the Supervisor

Marcus’ research interests include relations between humans and large carnivores and the new wave of animal domestication in Australia. He is the author of Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar and Crocodile Undone : The Domestication of Australia’s Fauna.

Dark Political Communication

About the Scholarship

The project undertaken by the successful PhD candidate will be closely aligned with a national ARC-funded Discovery project Understanding and Combatting Dark Political Communication. The research team includes Associate Professor Stephen Harrington (QUT), Professor Kristy Hess (Deakin), Dr Aljosha Schapals (QUT) and Dr Timothy Graham (QUT).

The project is based at Deakin, with support of the project team, and will play an important role in contributing to a comprehensive account of how dark political communication operates, the political figures who exploit it and understand how it is undermining our democracy. It also aims to consider the role of public interest journalism in helping to limit its impact. To achieve this, we will:

  1. Create a detailed conceptual framework and language through which to understand and describe DPC.
  2. Provide a comprehensive account of communication tactics being used in DPC, evaluate the impact of these tactics on democratic institutions, and examine their influence on political discourse and public policy.
  3. Develop practical recommendations for professional journalists on how their practice can best respond to the DPC paradigm, and help to limit its negative effects.

Digital Death and Immortality 

About the Scholarship

This project will create a philosophically informed ethical approach for managing the ‘digital remains’ of internet users who have died. Emerging artificial intelligence technologies make it possible to reuse and interact with these digital remains. This offers new ways to commemorate the dead and manage grief. Yet these technologies also threaten to exploit the dead and to change our relationship to them in troubling ways. Expected outcomes of the project include guidance for the ethical use of these technologies and policy recommendations for regulating the reuse of digital remains. This will provide significant benefits by helping Australia to avoid the ethical dangers inherent in emerging technologies of ‘digital reanimation’.

Global South and Great Exhibitions

About the Scholarship

This PhD supports research funded as part of an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project titled ‘The Great Exhibitions and their Lost Indigenous Objects’, led by Prof. Gaye Sculthorpe of Deakin University. Other researchers involved in this project include Flinders University, the Australian National University, the University of Tasmania and the University of Queensland. Overseas research partners include the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and the Musee du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris. The project is also seeking a PhD candidate for research based at Flinders University, supervised by Prof. Penny Edmonds to investigate Aboriginal representations from South Australia and the Northern Territory within Australian exhibitions up to 1939. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

Islamic Collections in Australian Museum

About the Scholarship

This PhD supports research funded as part of an ARC Discovery Early Career Award, led by Dr Virginie Rey of Deakin University, entitled, Muslim Museums: Curating Islam in Multicultural Societies. This project seeks a PhD candidate for research based at Deakin University, supervised by Dr Virginie Rey, to investigate Islamic Collections in Australian Museums.

The project aims to develop a social history of Islamic collections in Australia from the 19th century to present day. It will look at collection development and the representations of Islam/Muslim art/heritage and material culture in Australian museums and compare this with how objects and people from the Islamic World were collected and exhibited elsewhere, in Europe and in North America, for example. The candidate will have the opportunity to research relevant objects in museum collections and archives in several states of Australia. Overall, it will contribute to finding significant objects in collections and telling new stories of Islamic collections and Australia.

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Australia

About the Scholarship

The project is titled ‘Analysing and disrupting outlaw motorcycle gangs in Australia: A mixed-methods network study’ and has been funded by the Australian Research Council under the Discovery Project scheme.

Crimes committed by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) cause significant social and economic harm for Australian and international communities. However, little is currently known about co-offending by members of OMCGs. This project will shed light on co-offending within and between OMCG clubs, document changes over time, and develop more effective policies and practices to disrupt OMCG crime. The project will contribute to making Australia safer from the harms of criminal activities undertaken by OMCGs and position Australia as a global leader in the field of criminal networks and methodologies to prevent and disrupt related crime.

The project is a mixed-methods design integrating quantitative and qualitative analyses and will proceed in five phases:

  1. Collection of crime data and subsequent coding and cleaning;
  2. Cross sectional social network analyses;
  3. Interviews with ex-OMCG members and key informants from law enforcement agencies;
  4. Dynamic social network modelling and disruption strategies, and
  5. Focus groups and workshop.

Popular Fiction and Global Medievalism

About the Project

This scholarship is for a candidate seeking to pursue a practice-based PhD in creative writing, focussing on popular fiction in a genre such as fantasy, historical fiction, YA, or romance (other genres will also be considered). The recipient will conduct a PhD project that explores medievalism in popular fictions construct identities and embed ideologies. The project will consider:

  • What identities and ideologies are embedded in current convention in the chosen genre
  • How subverting or otherwise changing conventions can change identities and ideologies encoded in the text

The focus will be global medievalism, that is, drawing inspiration from the Middle Ages in regions such Oceania, Asia, Africa, the Americas and/or networks and movements between different regions, rather than principally or exclusively from medieval Europe. The successful candidate will design the project within this framework in consultation with the supervisory team.

Social Contexts for Youth Offending

About the Scholarship

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated PhD student to work on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project led by Dr Molly McCarthy which aims to identify “Contemporary social and environmental risks for youth offending”. While social and technology changes have led to reductions in low-level youth offending, chronic youth offending has not reduced notably, and is growing in areas of Australia. This project aims to generate new knowledge on underlying social and ecological risks for chronic youth offending in Australia to improve the effectiveness of crime prevention and desistance strategies to reduce reoffending.

This project will use longitudinal survey and youth justice data, and interviews with young people, to identify key social and environmental risks for chronic youth offending. Factors such as peer networks, drug and alcohol use, school exclusion, experiences of discrimination and marginalisation, and use of social media will be examined in this project. The project aims to generate evidence to inform effective crime prevention and desistance strategies for young people ‘at risk’ or engaged in chronic offending. This project is funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher grant awarded to Dr Molly McCarthy. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

Turkish Diaspora Groups in Australia

About the Scholarship

The PhD candidate will work with Prof Ihsan Yilmaz and Dr Nicholas Morieson to conduct research on Turkish diaspora groups in Australia with a focus on their use of cyberspace.

The candidate is strongly encouraged to consider the relationship between offline and online environments.

The student will work towards completing a PhD thesis to investigate the main features of the political mobilization through digital technologies among the Turkey-originated diaspora groups in Australia.

Some of the aims of the thesis project are listed below but the student is not limited to these suggestions:

  • How these diaspora groups use digital and streaming media.
  • Assess the impact of online platforms, streaming media and digital technologies on the Turkey-originated diasporic communities in Australia in terms of inter-group conflict and social cohesion.

Applicants must meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or an equivalent standard Master’s degree with a substantial research component. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

About the Supervisors

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz

Ihsan Yilmaz is Research Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

He has conducted research on nation-building; citizenship; authoritarianism; populism; transnationalism; ethnic-religious-political identities and their securitisation (Middle East, Pakistan, Indonesia); minority-majority relations (Australia, Turkey, the UK and the USA); socio-legal affairs, identities, belonging and political participation of Muslim minorities in the West (the UK, Australia, and the USA); Islam-state-society relations in majority and minority contexts; global Islamic movements; political Islam in a comparative perspective; Turkish politics; Turkish diasporas (the UK, Australia, the USA); transnationalism; intergroup contact (Australia); and politics of victimhood (Australia, Turkey).

He was professor of political science at Istanbul Fatih University (2008-2016), casual lecturer in law, social sciences and politics at SOAS, University of London (2001-2008) where he taught “Islamic Law and Society”, “Legal Systems of Asia and Africa” and “Turkish Politics” at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before SOAS, he was a fellow at Center for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford (1999-2001) where he worked on Muslim political participation in the UK and unofficial Muslim laws of young Muslims in the West.

Dr Nicholas Morieson

Dr Nicholas Morieson is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

How to Apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Professor Ihsan Yilmaz. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

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Find a supervisor

Browse a selection of our expert potential PhD supervisors

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

Specialises in:

  • Middle East politics

  • Central Asia politics

  • Political Islam and extremism

  • Islam in the West

Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Specialises in:

  • Identity politics in postcolonial societies

  • Ethnic and racial politics in Africa

  • Census politics

Prof David Bright

Specialises in:

  • Organised crime

  • Drug trafficking

  • Terrorism

  • Illicit networks

Dr Tamara Browne

Specialises in:

  • Bioethics

  • Gender

  • Mental illness

A/Prof Danielle Chubb

Specialises in:

  • Australian foreign policy

  • North Korea

  • Civil society

  • Human rights activism

Jason Gibson

Dr Jason Gibson

Specialises in:

  • Ethnographic collections

  • Museum anthropology

  • History of Australian Anthropology

  • Central Australian Aboriginal History and Culture

  • Indigenous collection management and curatorship

Dr Luke Heemsbergen

Specialises in:

  • Emerging technologies and their socialisation

  • The politics of digital visibility

  • Augmented and extended reality media

  • 3D printing applications

  • Transparency & Governance

  • Science and Technology Studies

Prof Benjamin Isakhan

Specialises in:

  • Heritage destruction and reconstruction across the Middle East

  • Democracy and civil society in the Middle East

  • Iraqi and/or Syrian politics

Dr Santosh Jatrana

Specialises in:

  • Migrant health

  • Humanitarian migrants settlement

  • Ageing and health of migrants

Deakin Distinguished Prof Emma Kowal

Specialises in:

  • Medical anthropology

  • Science and Technology Studies

  • Race‚Indigeneity‚colonialism

  • Social science of genomics

Dr Rebekah McWhirter

Specialises in:

  • Health law and bioethics

  • Research ethics and governance

  • Ethical and legal aspects of Indigenous genomics

Dr Ali Mozaffari

Specialises in:

  • Heritage studies and museums

  • Heritage diplomacy

  • Studies of the built environment

  • Politics of the past in Middle Eastern Countries

  • Iranian Studies

A/Prof Yamini Narayanan

Specialises in:

  • Animal politics

  • Urban studies

  • South Asia

  • India

  • Ecofeminism

  • Post-development

  • Animal geographies

  • Environmental studies

Dr Timothy Neale

Specialises in:

  • Settler-indigenous politics

  • The anthropology of natural hazards and environmental governance

  • Environmentalism

  • Natural hazards and their risks

Dr Amy Nethery

Specialises in:

  • Asylum and refugee policy

  • Australian social policy

  • Democracy in Australia

  • Parliaments and parliamentary careers

Dr Kiran Pienaar

Specialises in:

  • Gender‚sexuality and the body

  • Sociology of Drugs

  • LGBTQ identities and cultures

  • The biopolitics of health

  • Feminist theory‚new materialisms and posthumanisms

Dr Virginie Rey

Specialises in:

  • Museums and heritage

  • Middle East

  • Islamic art

  • Community and diaspora museums

Dr Imogen Richards

Specialises in:

  • Far-right extremism

  • Neo-jihadism

  • Development and environmental politics

  • Media and public criminology

Prof Gaye Sculthorpe

Specialises in:

  • Museums and Indigenous Peoples

  • Aboriginal material culture

  • Collections-based research

  • History of collecting

  • Aboriginal collections in international museums

A/Prof Steven Slaughter

Specialises in:

  • International Relations

  • Global Governance

  • G20

Prof Miguel Vatter

Specialises in:

  • Biopolitics and biological citizenship

  • Rights of Nature and environmental constitutionalism

  • Religion‚politics and the rule of law

Dr Matteo Vergani

Specialises in:

  • Hate crime

  • Online hate

  • Violent extremism

  • Experimental research

  • Mixed-methods research

A/Prof Anthony Ware

Specialises in:

  • Conflict/development in Myanmar and Rohingya

  • Development/humanitarian response in conflict-affected contexts

  • Everyday peace

  • Violent & hateful extremism

  • Community led development and peace-building

Prof Andrea Witcomb

Specialises in:

  • Interpretation of difficult histories

  • The uses of multimedia for interpretation purposes in exhibitions and heritage places

  • The history of collecting

  • Collections-based research

  • Exhibitions as sites for cross-cultural encounters

Dr Jian Xu

Specialises in:

  • Chinese internet and digital media

  • Internet governance‚policy and politics

  • Cultural governance and propaganda in China

  • Celebrity studies

Prof Ihsan Yilmaz

Specialises in:

  • Religion and politics in the Middle East and Indo-Pacific

  • Authoritarianism

  • Transnationalism

  • Populism

  • Securitisation

  • Minorities and Diasporas

  • Digital Technologies and Politics

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