PhD scholarship in the area of Applied Economics and Sustainability

The Federation University is partnering with Aleph Farms, Israel to offer a PhD scholarship in the area of Applied Economics and Sustainability.

Transformational innovations in the meat industry:
social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities for livestock farmers

The project aims to develop tailored business models for the sustainability of livestock farming systems by examining the role of transformational technological innovations such as cultivated meat. Cultivated meat is being promoted as a more sustainable and safe way to produce meat products by experts in the food industry. However, the cultivated meat industry is still in its early stages and opportunities exist for it to become an extension of existing livestock farms as opposed to being in direct competition with the existing meat industry.

There is, though, a general lack of scientific literature about the impacts and benefits of the cultivated meat industry to livestock farmers, the wider meat industry, consumers’ and planetary health. This PhD project will examine the role of cultivated meat, as a transformational innovation in the meat industry, in enhancing social, economic and environmental sustainability for small-scale livestock farms through a comparative study between USA and Europe. It will also develop sustainable and inclusive business models for livestock-based food systems that includes traditional livestock approaches and new innovations and will benefit all stakeholders within the meat industry, with an emphasis on the livestock farmers.

Industry Partner and Student Host: Aleph Farms, Israel.

Principal Supervisor
Prof Harpinder Sandhu ( )

Associate Supervisors
Dr Ben Wills ( )

Dr Rachel Taylor ( )

Industry Supervisor: Dr Lee Recht ( )

Scholarship details

Stipend: $29140 per annum.
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: May be available throughout the duration to eligible candidate.
Funding length: 3.5 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Ararat Jobs and Technology Precinct, Federation Business School, Mt Helen Campus


Applicants may be domestic or international, however preference will be given to applicants who are currently in Australia.

Some international travel will also be required.

This PhD is available for full time study only and immediate start.

Application closing date: 31st January 2022

Apply at Industry and project-specific scholarships – Federation University Australia

Harpinder Sandhu, PhD, MSc, BSc Agric. (Hons.)
Professor, Economics | Federation Business School
Director, Ararat Jobs and Technology Precinct

Federation University Australia 
Office B023 | Building B | Mt Helen Campus
PO Box 663 Ballarat VIC 3353 Australia
T +61 3 5327 9191 


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