Edmiston Jones Scholarship for Citizen Engagement for Evolving Communities

2022 Edmiston Jones Scholarship for Citizen Engagement for Evolving Communities


Edmiston Jones in partnership with the University of Wollongong are seeking applicants for a one-year honours project to examine whether and how planning processes can better incorporate the lived experience of communities. Supervised by Dr Nicole Cook (SGSC) and Dr Chris Degeling (ASSH) this project will combine interviews and focus groups to identify resident attachments to their homes and neighbourhoods, perceptions of development, and responses to a range of future planning scenarios in regional Australia.

Throughout the honours year you will be required to develop/present key phases of the research to Edmiston Jones Architects as well as the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and Faculty presentations. Applicants must have completed (or be in the final semester of completing) a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Geography, Bachelor of Sustainable Communities or Bachelor degrees from aligned disciplines in planning, architecture and the built environment.

Applicants will be interested in human geography, urban planning and community development with strong analysis and writing skills, with an academic interest/flair for independent analysis. As part of the selection process, potential candidates will be invited to ‘pitch’ a key area of interest around which to build their thesis study with a focus on citizen engagement in evolving communities.

The thesis will focus on the contemporary challenges and issues that development raises in the community, with all topics of interest and relevance to be considered. Applicants should consider the potential tensions between residents and proposed neighbourhood change and the significance of gaining a better understanding of community perceptions and experiences.

For further information please contact Dr Nicole Cook ncook@uow.edu.au 

Open from 03/Sep/2021 to 21/Oct/2021