PhD Scholarship – Real-time Rights-based Recordkeeping Governance for Childhood Out-of-Home Care


Monash University

Job No.: 628376

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Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Location: Clayton campus

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of IT Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per the scholarship conditions at: Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for a successful international awardee.

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

The Opportunity

Children who experience Out-of-Home Care need quality recordkeeping systems to develop and nurture their sense of identity and connectedness to family and community; to account for their care experiences; and to prevent, detect, report, investigate, and take action against child neglect and abuse.

Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology is funding an interdisciplinary PhD scholarship as part of the ARC Discovery Project – Real-time Rights-based Recordkeeping Governance for Childhood Out-of-Home Care. This exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between recordkeeping, information law and human rights scholars in Australia and the UK involves envisioning recordkeeping not as an administrative overhead, but as an information asset from which real time insight into the ability of child protection systems to meet corporate parenting responsibilities and enable the voice and agency of children and young people, is gleaned.

This PhD project will explore the role of recordkeeping analytics in the real-time governance of participatory recordkeeping in Out-of-Home Care systems. It will involve investigating how recordkeeping metadata can be mined, meshed and augmented to enhance the quality, efficacy and efficiency of recordkeeping in child protection along with enabling multiple rights in records to be represented and enacted upon.

Eligibility requirements

The ideal candidate will have a research background in one or more of data analytics, recordkeeping informatics and social work systems design, with a keen desire to expand their knowledge and skills into the other areas encompassed by this research project. They will have also be interested in the socio-technical aspects of digital information systems, participatory research and value sensitive design.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of and/or be able to learn quickly about:

  • Recordkeeping informatics
  • Social work and child protection systems
  • Participatory design and research methodologies
  • Qualitative research methods (e.g. observational studies, interviewing, ethnography)
  • Human-computer interaction (from a socio-technical viewpoint)
  • Digital systems design
  • Specific computing techniques such as data analytics and distributed or graph-oriented computing

To be considered for this PhD project and scholarship, applicants require qualifications equivalent to First Class Honours 1 (H1) in an appropriate area, with relevant research training experience and English-language proficiency skills, in addition to the minimum requirements for standard entry admission to the Monash Doctoral Program.

How to apply or Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations, and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

EOIs should be submitted via Monash IT Supervisor Connect –


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