Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Craig Williams

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
25 Dec 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. (Domestic and International)

About This Project 

Explore the health benefits of urban green spaces

If you’re motivated to build a career in health sciences and keen to develop knowledge on the benefits of green urban spaces, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a hands-on project-based PhD with social impact, based within Clinical and Health Sciences, in partnership with the South Australian Office for Ageing Well.

This project will investigate the health benefits of exposure to urban and suburban green spaces. There is a growing body of evidence that natural environment exposure has numerous, multi-faceted health benefits. However, the amount of exposure required for health benefits, and the relationship between green space biodiversity and health benefits is unknown. 

Through studies of human use of urban and suburban constructed greenspaces, especially around wetlands, you will conduct trials with wetland users and control groups. Results have the potential to be translated into health improvement initiatives for urban areas at a population level. 

This project will lead to the development of specific recommendations for natural environment exposure as a therapeutic intervention. With these recommendations, relevant government agencies can develop health promotion advice and consider funding for infrastructure and programs that bring people into nature.

You will be immersed in the research culture of the NHMRC-funded Healthy Environments and Lives (HEAL) SA regional hub. The project is externally connected to other HEAL investigators and the SA Office for Ageing Well.

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will undertake studies of human behaviour and quality of life measures, coupled with environmental quality assessment. Some fieldwork will be required, along with participant recruitment and studies of government public health strategies.

Upon completion, you can expect to have developed expertise in public and environmental health, biodiversity measures, quality of life measurement, statistical analysis, research translation and government policy.

You will be supported to participate in the HEAL conference and other workshops, both of which will provide excellent career development and networking opportunities. Support for other conference travel can also be sought. You will graduate with a well-established knowledge in research translation and be highly connected to potential employment in government and non-government health organisation.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in the Clinical and Health Sciences Unit. We address critical and emerging health needs while improving the quality of patient care.  We are at the forefront of clinical discovery through our research into causes and cures of disease. Every day, our researchers investigate the best ways to help improve patient outcomes and create positive change in the health industry.  

We present our insights to the people who need it most, through our collaborations and partnerships with local industry and community, government and research institutions worldwide.  Our clinical and health science programs encompass pharmacy, nursing and midwifery, laboratory medicine, biomedical sciences, and nutrition and food sciences.  

UniSA’s world-class facilities provide a seamless transition from study to career, with our specialist clinics providing hands-on experience to students while serving the local community. UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences is a community of ideas and innovation. We produce versatile graduates, generate new knowledge that contributes to a healthier society, and translate our research into successful healthcare strategies.

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 eligible applicants. 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 for domestic students or international students. 

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:  
  • Demonstrated experience in working with people in a customer-service role. This could be any kind of role whereby good inter-personal skills were required to succeed (e.g. shop assistant, sessional teaching, sports, artistic or instrumental coaching)
  • Enthusiasm for preservation and enhancement of natural environments.

Applicants who are also able to demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Undergraduate education and/or recent experience in statistical analysis procedures

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 East campus  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, 25 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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