Applications are open for RTP Scholarships with Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

ContactsAstghik Mavisakalyan, Principal Research Fellow
Joanna Holcombe, Industry Engagement Coordinator
Published15 July 2021

Applications are now open for two Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships to undertake higher degree research (HDR) in alignment with programs of research at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre under the supervision of Principal Research Fellow Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan.

The scholarship supports the costs of doing a PhD at Curtin University, with funding covering university fees as well as a living stipend of $28,597 per year for up to 3.5 years for successful candidates.

We encourage people with an interest in the below topics, a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent level of attainment) and a strong background and skills in quantatitive research methods, to apply for the scholarships.

For more information on how to apply for the scholarships, click here.

Applications for the RTP Scholarships close on Monday 30 August, 2022.

2022 RTP Cooperation and conflict in the family

This project will explore the nature of interactions within families and identify the circumstances where violence is used to resolve disagreement in one’s favour. It will study the changes in individuals’ economic opportunities and patterns of matching in the marriage market and their implications for intra-household interactions under (i) heterogeneity in preferences and values; (ii) inequality of roles and status; (iii) competition over rival vs. non-rival goods. The project will draw on theories of intimate partner violence and conduct analyses of large administrative and survey datasets and experiments which will add to knowledge on proximate causes of family violence.

For more information on the cooperation and conflict in the family project and scholarship, click here.

2022 RTP Social consequences of natural resource abundance

This project will assess whether natural resource abundance sustains or exacerbates social inequalities defined by gender and ethnicity in a wide range of dimensions. It will also identify policy-relevant institutional factors that underlie differences in gender- and ethnicity-based inequalities between resource-abundant communities. In the first instance, the Project will produce in-depth Australia-wide evidence on the contemporary and historical links between resource abundance and social inequalities. It will then be extended to an international setting using a series of novel empirical analyses of macro- and micro-level large-scale datasets. The results will make a positive contribution to policy-making by identifying policy interventions that can mitigate the ill effects of the natural resource sector and maximize its contribution to socio-economic wellbeing and growth.

For more information on the social consequences of natural resource abundance project and scholarship, click here.