Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor George Siemens

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
11 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$28,854 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project 

Influence education policy to encourage equability

Seeking to advance your education career and interested in cutting-edge learning technologies? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique project-based PhD within UniSA’s Education Futures, in partnership with participating schools.

The last several decades have produced unprecedented opportunity, and corresponding hype, around how technology impacts learning processes. These technologies – ranging from in-classroom devices such as whiteboards to cloud-based platforms like learning management systems – produce data that is then used by researchers and practitioners to understand learning processes and drive interventions and innovations. Recently, the technology-data research and practice loop is being impacted by automation and the prospect of AI. Taken together, the triad of analytics, automation, and AI (A3) are often expressed as important advancements in promoting innovation in the education sector. However, with growing recognition that technology and innovation do not equally impact all students, and against the background of culturally sensitive pedagogy, critical questions arise regarding how under-represented students experience A3. The successful candidate will develop a culturally sensitive pedagogical lens, a deep understanding of the varying impacts of A3 on various populations and will be able to support and direct projects to reflect culturally sensitive pedagogies. This research will produce frameworks to support intervention and strategy/policy changes to ensure all learners have their unique needs and contexts reflected as innovative projects are deployed in educational settings. Upon completion of this project, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of how technology impacts various learner populations, an awareness that is increasingly recognised as critical by schools, universities, and governments, thus giving you a competitive career edge. International and national travel to conferences and schools, will also offer desirable networking and skill development opportunities to further advance your career.

What you’ll do

In this project-based PhD, you will undertake and lead a broad analysis (using quantitative and qualitative methodologies) examining how various under-represented populations view and experience A3 in the learning process. Travel, national and international, for conference presentations may be required. Local travel (in South Australia) will be required to visit schools.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) and the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI), with access to established labs in UniSA's Education Futures. UniSA Education Futures connects all fields of education and teaching, arts, and languages. We make sure our graduates don’t just teach the how, but the why. C3L focuses on the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, how it changes society, knowledge processes, and teaching and learning. The C3L uses complexity science methodologies, promotes the uptake of applied research, and engages with the community, government agencies (healthcare, education, defence, cultural) and industry to research the lifespan of learning and the role of UniSA in serving all stages of knowledge and learning processes.

CRESI is one of the largest research concentrations in the world that is focused on contributing to new knowledge about issues related to educational and social inclusion. Our researchers have a range of interdisciplinary expertise to undertake a broad scope of research that contribute to and mitigate educational and social inequalities. Our research contributes to greater education equity to enhance social cohesion and wellbeing.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to application from domestic applicants only. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on, Sunday 11 December 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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