PhD scholarship at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 20 July 2021
Closing date 20 September 2021


Supervisor – Associate Professor Nick Bainton

Climate change presents the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced: we must rapidly transition to a low-carbon economy and ensure the process does not increase global inequality or injustice as a result. The United Nations calls this a ‘just transition’: a transition process that addresses climate change while respecting the rights of workers and communities and protecting the environment.

Central to this challenge is the supply of minerals and metals to build low-carbon energy-systems.

In response to this challenge, CSRM is building a cohort of researchers working on the connection between global energy transitions, resource extraction, and a just and fair transition process. CSRM is seeking high-quality applicants eager to undertake a multi-disciplinary PhD on this thematic focus.

Potential research topics may cover, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The social and environmental complexities of supplying energy transition metals
  • National and sub-national energy transitions, including supply of energy transition metals
  • Social response to new technologies
  • Political economy of coal transitions
  • Social aspects of coal consumption
  • Social aspects of renewable energy
  • Just transition social and political movements
  • Extractive industry engagement with the just transition concept (and a Green New Deal more broadly)
  • Energy justice, energy transitions, and extractives
  • Energy transitions, consultation, and consent

We are particularly interested in projects with a geographical focus on Australia, Pacific Island nations, South Africa and India.

Students are expected to finish within a maximum of four years from commencement.

A working knowledge of socio-economic aspects of the energy-climate debates would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at The University of Queensland (UQ) focuses on the social, cultural, economic and political challenges that occur when change is brought about by mineral resource extraction. The Centre contributes to industry change through independent research, teaching and by convening and participating in multi-stakeholder dialogue processes. Our team consists of anthropologists, economists, geographers, political scientists, sociologists, development and natural resource specialists.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘RESPONSIBLE MINING-BAINTON’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

See an example of what you have to do

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of social anthropology, economics, human geography, law, political science or sociology (or related disciplines) and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of resource extraction and just transitions is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Nick Bainton
+61 409 699 713
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.