Applications are invited from prospective domestic and international doctoral students to join a dynamic team of six historians working on a major new project in Australian history. We are producing a comparative study of the provision, use and social impact of water and water infrastructure in Australia’s five largest cities from 1900 to the present. In doing so, we seek to reveal the complexities of water systems and water use in urban Australia in the past, which continue to influence water management in the present.

The doctoral student will commence research on a topic within this area to be negotiated with the supervisors, from an urban, environmental or economic history perspective. Projects comparing aspects of urban water history in Australia and elsewhere are encouraged. He or she will enrol at The University of Western Australia on an internal or external basis; if internal, the student will be located in Perth; if external, it is preferable that the student be located in Melbourne or Adelaide, where local co-supervision is available. The stipend is $29,000 p.a. with benefits including a laptop and support for travel.

Further details are available here.

Image: Boy Jumping Over Rotating Sprinkler, Backyard, Blackburn, 1953. Museums Victoria https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1688968