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University of Manchester and University of Melbourne: Fully-funded dual PhD in transportation and housing market interactions
Posted: 12/18/2019


University of Manchester and University of Melbourne: Fully-funded dual PhD in Transportation and housing market interactions.

Fully-funded studentships as part of the University of Manchester’s and the University of Melbourne’s Global Doctoral Research Network are currently available on selected projects. The successful candidate will spend at least 12 months at each institution and will receive a dual PhD at the end of the programme.

PhD Project Title:
Transportation and housing market interactions in cities: infrastructure changes and urban form, housing needs and policy implications.

Project brief description:
The nexus between transport infrastructure demand and housing needs is fraught with significant challenges. As increasing land development is made possible by infrastructure improvements, the dynamics for residential developments change with both short and longer terms implications. The first aim of the proposed PhD is to identify the indirect value of transportation infrastructure reflected in property market appreciation. This can be achieved by integrating the recent innovations in house price modelling and further developing the methodological framework. The second aim of PhD research is to gain insights on the policy implications of transport improvement by analysing their long term effects and explicitly addressing the aspects of affordability, population dynamics, and inflection points of capacity constraints. This can be achieved by employing machine learning, simulations, and/or small area city wide panel models.

The candidate will have a solid background in urban analytics, urban/regional/ transport /behavioural economics, applied econometrics, planning, or real estate. Excellent skills in statistical/econometric analysis is a requirement.

Funding Details:

  • Includes tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around 15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant and student travel between Manchester and Melbourne
  • Starts September 2020
  • 3.5 year duration and candidates receive dual PhD upon successful completion

Eligibility and how to apply:
Applicants should be from the UK/EU, further details:

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted up to 31st January 2020.

Please contact and discuss with lead supervisor before submitting an application:
Dr. Sotirios Thanos (
Co-supervisors: Dr. Gideon Aschwanden and Prof. Anupam Nanda

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