The University of Tasmania (Hobart) invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Sociology exploring leadership for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
The University of Tasmania is leading a longitudinal mixed methods study that aims to assess Homeward Bound (HB) (http://homewardboundprojects.com.au), a 21-day transformational leadership programme in Antarctica for an international group of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in December 2016. This study will use an intersectional analysis framework to examine how categories of identity shape and influence their experiences of HB. Specifically, the study will examine how HB program participants conceptualise ‘successful’ leadership, the extent to which the adventure-based experiential course design of HB facilitates their leadership development, how they exercise leadership over time, and how women make meaning of their HB experiences.
We are looking for a PhD student who can contribute to this longitudinal study by using qualitative methodologies to examine how HB participants transfer their learning from the HB programme to other women post-voyage. In other words, the PhD project will identify how HB women become facilitators of structural change post-voyage. The candidate will be part of a small team of leading researchers at UTAS and will have the opportunity to establish an invaluable academic network with world-class researchers from Australia and abroad during the candidature.
Contact Dr Meredith Nash (Meredith.Nash@utas.edu.au) and/or visit the website for more details.