UQ PhD international awards in Social Services

  • Phd
  • $31,000 p.a.
  • 3 August 2021
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Supervisor – Professor Paul Henman
Two scholarships are available for high calibre students to undertake research on a wide range of PhD projects from diverse academic disciplines examining responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Automated Decision Making (ADM) in Social Services.
  • In what ways do AI/ADM in social services differentially impact on diverse populations?
  • How can we build AI/ADM that does not reproduce bias and disadvantage?
  • What counts as responsible AI for diverse and marginalised peoples?\\
  • What are the possibilities for co-creation of ADM/AI with social services users?
  • What might be the policy, legal and governance reforms required to ensure responsible AI/ADM in social services?
  • What might be an Indigenous approach to AI/ADM in social services? (For Indigenous students)

If you are interested in any of the above or similar questions, please consider applying for a PhD scholarship to work with Professor Paul Henman at the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane.
Automated Decision Making systems are procedures in which decisions partially or completely use automatically executed models to perform an action. Artificial Intelligence (or Machine Learning, ML) is a particular mode of generating ADM systems. Not all ADM systems are AI/ML. Funded PhD projects may focus on AI or non-AI ADM. Social services are publicly funded services to support human challenges and enhance wellbeing. They are often provided to disadvantage people and populations.
Prospective students are invited to prepare a draft PhD research project relating to responsible AI and ADM in Social Services. PhD projects may relate to criminal justice, disability services, social security/welfare, employment services, child and family services, international aid and refugees, or similar areas. Projects may also focus on particular population groups, such as women, culturally diverse groups, Australian Indigenous peoples, or children and young people.
PhD projects are expected to investigate the ethical, social, policy, legal or political implications of ADM in social services. They can do so from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, criminology, cultural and media studies, ethics, computer science, and law.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.


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