Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
31 Jan 2023

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 p.a. available to domestic and international applicants

About this project

Develop a data governance framework for critical infrastructure resilience

If you’re keen to pursue a career in systems and interested in harnessing enterprise architecture and data governance to solve real-world problems, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique project-based PhD in our UniSA STEM Unit, in partnership with Visione Group Pty Ltd.

This research will focus on the data storage and processing asset class of critical infrastructure. We will identify data governance challenges and appropriate mechanisms for policy design and implementation in the face of increased interdependencies and complexity of critical infrastructure. 

We need to shift focus from the protection of individual assets to a systems approach to resilience. We also need to ensure the security of data storage and sharing so that information on vulnerability as well as on resilience investments by infrastructure operators remains confidential.

This project will examine the most appropriate mechanisms to share sensitive information about risks, vulnerabilities, and resilience measures between the government and operators. We seek to understand the challenges that critical infrastructure operators experience in sharing sensitive information about risks and vulnerabilities.

The novelty of this approach lies in adopting a systemic perspective of managing critical infrastructure resilience through developing a data governance framework, shifting from the protection of individual assets to a systems approach to resilience.

Based within the UniSA STEM Unit you will engage with a range of multidisciplinary research groups, including the Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management concentration, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, and the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies. With reputations as thought leaders in their field, your supervisory team will provide you with the mentorship and guidance you need to thrive. 

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, working as part of a team, you will define the research questions, conduct a literature review, and use mixed methods research methodology to collect, analyse and interpret data. 

You will work with enterprise architecture and data governance frameworks, policies and processes, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, and work collaboratively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team environment.

Through this project, you will develop the skills to effectively design and execute a research project and translate research outputs into high-quality industry-relevant outcomes.

There is an opportunity to work closely with our industry partner, Visione Group, through an industry placement. This will give you access to real-world challenges and solutions in the enterprise architecture and data governance problem space.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in UniSA STEM Unit. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. 

Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology. 

We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities. What’s discovered one day is taught the next.  

In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.  

Supervisory Team

Financial Support 

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum is available to eligible applicants. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 
  • The candidate should have a background in IT, software systems engineering, or other relevant disciplines

Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Ideally the candidate has experience in working on projects where data governance and enterprise architecture knowledge and skills were required

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

Essential Dates 

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Tuesday, 31st January 2023.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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