Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Dr Deepak Sardana

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
18 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic 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:
$28,854 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project

Improve inclusivity and equity in the Indigenous art market using blockchain technology

Are you passionate about Aboriginal art and technology? Do you see yourself completing a PhD? Then this opportunity is for you! UniSA Business seeks a PhD candidate to research the intersection of Indigenous art and technology.

The value of Aboriginal artwork goes beyond aesthetics and money. It embodies cultural heritage of Indigenous knowledge and enacts economic self-determination for artists and communities. This project aims to evaluate the readiness of multiple stakeholders (artists, museums, art dealers, arts-auctioneers, and buyers) to adopt blockchain and other digital-technologies in innovative ways to methodize ‘Contemporary Aboriginal Artworks’ in the global-art-market to make it more inclusive.

The project is supported by a full scholarship, supervisory panel of experts in arts research, entrepreneurship and Aboriginal business, and key art institutions of South Australia.

Indigenous people are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email project contacts:

We would love to hear from you!

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will carry out fieldwork such as, conducting interviews and surveys, studying documents, catalogues, marketing materials and online sites, involving museums, Aboriginal art dealers, global art dealers, Indigenous artists, and buyers and collectors of artworks. Upon completion of the project, you will have a well-developed, employable skill set. Methodologically, you will acquire skills in mixed methods and associated data analysis techniques. You will also have robust theoretical knowledge linked to strategy, institutional development, international marketing/business, and adopting innovative digital technologies for competitive advantage in the arts industry. Importantly, you will also develop a deep knowledge of, and valued expertise in, the Aboriginal Culture and Artwork industry.  As multiple stakeholders are involved and their locations can be diverse, you may get the opportunity to travel intercity and interstate. The data, as indicated, will be both primary and secondary. You will be encouraged to attend conferences and seminars and publish in international scholarly journals and/or industry outlets.  

Where you’ll be based

You’ll be based at UniSA Business (City West Campus). We develop career-ready graduates, and positively affect communities and environments locally, nationally, and globally. We offer a suite of innovative programs in disciplines including business, accounting and finance, marketing, management, tourism and events, and property, as well as our Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Education programs. UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS). Our researchers are thought leaders who engage in world-class research and share their insights with students, industry and government partners. Our findings translate directly into results that transform businesses and affect communities for the better. People, technology and the global marketplace are all changing rapidly. UniSA Business is for strategists, disruptors and entrepreneurs who are ready to lead from the front.  

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. 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. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to application from domestic applicants only. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. 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 City West Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

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, Sunday 18 December 2022.

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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