Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
19 Jul 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International 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

Develop innovative frameworks to build resilience in infrastructure assets

If you are seeking to advance your career in systems management and interested in data governance, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to work on an innovative project-based research degree in partnership with Visione Group Pty Ltd.

The recent increase of global infrastructure investments, digitalisation and a changing risk landscape provide opportunities to rethink critical infrastructure policies. Security of data storage and sharing is critical to ensure that information on vulnerability as well as on resilience investments by infrastructure operators remains confidential.

This research seeks to:
  • determine the most appropriate mechanisms to share sensitive information about risks, vulnerabilities, and resilience measures between government and operators
  • identify the challenges that critical infrastructure operators experience when sharing sensitive information about risks and vulnerabilities.
The novelty of this approach lies in adopting a systemic perspective of managing critical infrastructure resilience through developing a data governance framework. This is a shift away from protection of individual assets to a systems approach to resilience.

This is an opportunity for you to gain experience within several multidisciplinary research groups at UniSA, including the Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management group, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, and Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies.

You will also have the potential to work closely with our industry partner Visione Group through an industry placement and gain access to real-world challenges and solutions in the enterprise architecture and data governance problem space.

What you’ll do

In this research degree project, you will be involved in defining the research questions; conducting a literature review; using mixed methods research methodology, and collecting, analysing and interpreting data; and working as a part of the research team.

You will work with enterprise architecture and data governance frameworks, policies and processes, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, and work collaboratively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team environment.

Through this project, you will develop the skills to effectively design and execute a research project and translate research outputs into high-quality industry relevant outcomes.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in the UniSA STEM Unit. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities. What’s discovered one day is taught the next. 

In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in. 

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, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship informationInternational applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.
Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

·         background in IT, software systems engineering or other relevant discipline

Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

·         experience in working on projects where data governance and enterprise architecture knowledge and skills were required

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 Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

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 Tuesday, 19th July.

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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