If you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I’m very keen on the research into sociology of safety under the Energy Pipelines CRC. That research program is looking for another PhD candidate who may (but not necessarily) work on understanding why people damage pipelines despite all attempts by pipeline owners at maximising pipeline awareness. A significant improvement in understanding that may be the single most important thing the industry can do to drive the rate of incidents down even further.
If you think you might be interested in this work, have a look at the information in this flyer. And if it whets your appetite a little but you don’t want to return to student poverty, the stipend for this PhD is not necessarily at that breadline level.