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Expression of Interest - PhD in Social Licenses based regulation

Faculty of Law
Position type:
PhD Program
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About the position

The Faculty of Law is calling for expressions of interest from law graduates wishing to complete a PhD in the area of Social Licenses based regulation.

The successful applicant’s doctoral thesis will be supervised by Dr Umair Ghori, Assistant Professor (Faculty of Law, Bond University) and will seek to answer one or more of the following preliminary research questions:

  1. What factors have prompted intrusion of social licences beyond the mining sector? Is this because of general disillusionment with institutional regulation?
  2. Who are the issuers and custodians of social licences? Do the issuers and custodians of social licences also regulate the regulators?
  3. What is the impact and fallout of allowing social licences to become part of the regulatory landscape?
  4. What should be the engagement with foreign stakeholders on compliance with social licences?

In addition to high quality, personalised supervision and access to the full range of facilities available to Bond University students, the successful applicant will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Tuition fee waiver: The Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) scheme provides tuition fee waivers for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents enrolled in higher degree programs such as a PhD. The tuition waiver lasts the duration of the program.
  • Option to apply for a scholarship: The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for the Living Stipend Scholarship at Bond University. The RTP also provides a limited number of scholarships for PhD students by way of a living stipend. Application is made through a competitive round held twice a year (closing 31 March and 30 September).
  • Employment opportunities: The successful applicant may also be provided with employment opportunities such as tutoring or research assistant work within the Faculty of Law, dependent upon prior experience. Employment will be subject to the conditions of the PhD program and the terms of any scholarship awarded.

The successful applicant will need to meet all Bond University requirements for entry into the PhD program and achieve the milestones required by the University throughout their doctoral program. It is also a requirement that the successful applicant be based full-time at the Gold Coast campus.

Why study at Bond?

The Bond Faculty of Law has a reputation for providing the best professional legal education in the country, and we leverage that reputation to attract exceptional law students and establish useful professional and institutional partnerships. We offer a suite of academically rigorous and professionally focussed law programs, delivered in an engaging and innovative manner by exceptional law teachers. We demonstrate an outstanding student service ethic, offer an engaging and satisfying student experience, and prioritise student wellbeing. We engage in high quality, impactful research in niche areas of research excellence.

Our research groups include:

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work alongside highly respected senior academics conducting leading-edge research.

About the person:

Selection Criteria


  • A Master of Laws, Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws with Honours
  • Excellent legal analysis and legal writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Evidence of project management and organisational skills, including the ability to achieve goals and deliver outcomes within a specified time period


  • Experience undertaking a substantial research project (e.g. Masters thesis or Honours thesis)
  • Publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Experience with tutoring law students
  • Capacity to seek external funding with support from supervisors
Application and submission details:

Please submit your expression of interest via email to the Faculty at [email protected].

Your EOI must include:

  • The number and title of the position you are applying for
  • A written statement (maximum of 2 pages) describing your interest in the research project and your capacity to answer the research questions
  • A written statement (maximum of 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria set out above
  • A current curriculum vitae including the names of two academic referees
  • Your academic transcripts
  • An example of your written academic work (e.g. Honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, law essay or assignment)

For all enquiries related to this position, please contact the Faculty on [email protected].

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Applications close at 5:00pm, Sunday, 31 May 2020.

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