The repurposing of industrial sites: society, community and policies after economic restructuring

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia (UniSA) Business School is seeking applicants interested in pursuing a PhD on the future of places after major events of economic restructuring and industrial transformation. The primary focus on this research will be the problem of site repurposing: what happens after significant sites of industrial activity have been closed. What are these sites used for in contemporary settings, and how have changes to the urban landscape, urban space and the built environment interacted with changes at the level of the local economy, society and/or politics. Applicants will be considered on the basis of academic merit and research background. Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelor's degree with first class honours equivalent or master's degree by research. We welcome applications from prospective students with a background or relevant qualifications in a broad range of social and economic science disciplines, especially human geography, urban planning and regional studies, but also political economy, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, environmental science, organisation/management studies, employment/industrial relations or other cognizant areas. Research topics may be chosen from one or more of the following areas: The consequences and impacts of site repurposing on individuals, residents, businesses, employees, households, communities, the local environment, local or regional labour markets, social groups or minorities, the practice of policymaking, or local/municipal government; The consequences and impacts of site repurposing on the future of work in places affected by economic restructuring; Interaction and inclusion/exclusion of individuals, residents, businesses, etc, from decision-making over the type, nature and consequences of site repurposing; The role of policy-making in the process of site repurposing, including cooperation, collusion and conflict between policymakers, community members, and others; Planning, cooperation, conflict and contestation over land use, including re-zoning and the implications for environmental protection and/or population health and well-being. Types, varieties and categories of site repurposing. The relationship between economic restructuring (and its causes) and the process of site repurposing. The complementary or conflicting use of facilities and resources at sites pre- and post-repurposing. The relationship between site repurposing, economic restructuring and global production networks or global value chains. A relevant topic of the applicant's design.

Amount $27,596
Frequency Once Only
Duration years
Student type Australian and New Zealand
Gender Co-Ed
For Australian students
For international students
Level of study Postgraduate
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