The UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the University’s leading academics and researchers.

Each year the School of Social Science offers research placement opportunities for students through the UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program.

Applications will open for the 2022-23 Summer Research Program in August 2022. Please check back closer to the date.

Find an upcoming Summer Research Project or discover more information about the program here.

The UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the University's leading academics and researchers.

Each year the School of Social Science offers research placement opportunities for students through the UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program.

Not offered in 2022.

The 2022 Global Change Youth Research Project provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the University's leading academics and researchers.

Find more information about the program here. Applications open 9th May 2022 for the following projects:

Community, social encounter and public spaces in the outer suburbs

Project duration, hours of engagement & delivery mode:

4 weeks during Winter Vacation and 1 day a week during semester 2, 2022.

Hours of engagement will be between 20-36hrs per week. Applicant will be required on-site for the project. There will be approximately five visits to the research site during the course of the program, accompanied by Peter Walters.

Description: The aim of this research is to better understand the ways in which Australians use space and places in suburban environments to connect with others in their communities, build cohesion and prevent social isolation. 75 percent of Australians live in the suburbs. Research to date on the impact of Covid lockdowns and work from home arrangements has tended to homogenise the suburbs, affording them with a sociability that might be more difficult to achieve in outer suburbs where amenity, ‘third places’ and other accidental and deliberate spaces for social encounter can be limited.  The project will take a qualitative case study approach, using interviews, observation and visual images to engage with local communities.

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

Students will gain experience in the design, conduct and analysis of ethnographic research, including semi structured interviewing, observation and ‘vox pop’ style interviewing. 

Suitable for:

Any student at least 18 years old taking a sociology major who is interested in the topic – all necessary training will be provided by Dr Peter Walters.

Primary Supervisor:

Dr Peter Walters, Sociology Major Convenor & Senior Lecturer

Further info:

Prospective applicants may contact Dr Peter Walters for further information about the project p.walters@uq.edu.au