Transforming Societies

To live in a future world that is healthy, well fed, technology-rich and resilient, we must also live together in harmony. We must learn from the past and construct viable future societies so that our lives are better. UQ and IITD researchers will work together to ensure that through our research into human societies and social science our future world is transformed.
Available project in Transforming Societies (TS)
Current project in Transforming Societies (TS)

UQIDAR currently seeks applications from future students for the following research projects

Project Code UQ Supervisor IITD Supervisor Research Themes Title Student Type (i/a) Keywords Discipline Status
UQIDAR 00102 Associate Professor Adrian Athique, School of Communication and Arts Professor Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Department of Management Studies TS, TT Platform Economies in India i/q digital media ; platform economy; digital transactions; commerce media and communications, media and cultural studies, business and commerce, sociology, management studies Student Required
UQIDAR 00108 Professor Andrew Whittaker, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) Professor Sudip Kumar Pattanayek, Department of Chemical Engineering RE, TT, TS New Approached to Detection of Pollutants through Hierarchically-structured Molecularly Imprinted Polymers i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) chemical sensors, detecting pollutants, molecularly imprinted polymers, polymer chemistry chemistry, materials synthesis, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry. Student Required
UQIDAR 00112 Dr Sangeeta Prakash, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Associate Professor Jatindra Sahu, Department of Rural Development and Technology HA, TT, TS Controlling the crystallisation in clarified butter (ghee) and its functionalisation for health benefits q clarified butter, dairy technology, crystallisation food science Student Required
UQIDAR 00118 Professor Aleksander Rakic, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Professor Amartya Sengupta, Department of Physics FW, TT, TS Quality Assessment of Exportable Commodity Goods of Australia and Indian Subcontinent Using Non-contact, Non-invasive THz Imaging Technique i* terahertz, imaging, biophysics, photonics physics, electrical engineering, food sciences Student Required
UQIDAR 00144 Professor Carlo Prato, School of Civil Engineering Professor K Ramachandra Rao, Department of Civil Engineering TT, TS Motorized Two-wheeler safety - a comparative risk study of the occupants in Indian and Australian context i/q motorized two -wheelers, injury risk, connected vehicles transportation engineering, statistics, econometrics Student Required
UQIDAR 00155 Associate Professor Begoña Domínguez , School of Economics
Dr Antonio Andrés Bellofatto , School of Economics
Dr Sourabh Paul, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences TT, TS Technology Regulation in the Macroeconomy: Robots and Artificial Intelligence i/q technology regulation, macroeconomy, taxation, robots, ai economics, finance, statistics, mathematics, engineering Student Required
UQIDAR 00178 Dr Sally Babidge, School of Social Science Associate Professor Vibha Arora, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences RE, TS Understanding human-water dynamics for sustainable water futures i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) hydro-social, water sustainability, political ecology, development studies social anthropology, development studies, political science, human geography, political science, social work, or environmental studies Student Required
UQIDAR 00185 Associate Professor Nicholas Osborne, School of Public Health Professor Sagnik Dey, Department of Atmospheric Sciences RE, HA, TS Pollen and its contribution to respiratory outcomes in subtropical regions i/q air pollution epidemiology health benefits exposure modeling environmental science, biological science, public health epidemiology Student Required
UQIDAR 00195 Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, School of Communication and Arts Assistant Professor Agam Gupta, Department of Management Studies TS, TT Regulating the Platform Economy in India and Australia i/q platforms, regulation, political economy, policy management studies, sociology, media and communication studies, policy studies Student Required
UQIDAR 00196 Dr Chamith Wijenayake, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Smruti Sarangi, Department of Computer Science & Engineering TS, TT Systolic and semi-systolic architectures for intelligent sensor data processing on FPGAs i/q artificial intelligence, sensor fusion, fpgas, deep neural networks a student with an electronics or computer engineering background Student Required
UQIDAR 00197 Associate Professor Dan Kim, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Smruti Sarangi, Department of Computer Science & Engineering TS, TT Context-aware Security for the Internet of Things i/q iot security, models of security, context awareness bachelors or masters in electronics or computer engineering Student Required
UQIDAR 00199 Professor Alexander Scheuermann, School of Civil Engineering Professor Ramanathan Ayothiraman, Department of Civil Engineering TT, TS Developing a New Foundation System for Lightly-Loaded Buildings in Expansive Soils i expansive soil, underreamed pile, swelling and shrinkage, buildings b.e./b.tech./b.sc. (civil engineering), m.e./m.tech./m.sc.(geotechnical engineering) Student Required
UQIDAR 00210 Associate Professor Luke Knibbs, School of Public Health Associate Professor Sagnik Dey, Department of Atmospheric Sciences HA, RE, TS Balancing the health and climate benefits of 'greening' cities in India and Australia i/q environmental health, atmospheric science, epidemiology, urban planning this project suits students from a range of backgrounds, including (but not limited to) public/environmental health, environmental engineering, atmospheric science, remote sensing, environmental science, ecology, or biostatistics. the main requiremen Student Required
UQIDAR 00212 Dr Alan Pegna, School of Psychology Dr Varsha Singh, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences RE, TS Cross-country sex-differences in psychoneuroendocrinology: Examining stress, and reward-related decision making in trust-uncertainty in emotion disorder i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) cognitive sex differences, cognitive-affect processing, emotion disorder (anxiety & depression), endocrine system(hormone-behavior/hpa-hpg axis) clinical psychology/clinical neuropsychology psychiatry/rehabilitation (focus: neuropsychology) cognitive & affective neuroscience Student Required
UQIDAR 00215 Dr Dhaval Vyas, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Dr Aaditeshwar Seth, Department of Computer Science & Engineering FW, TS Role of Storytelling Platforms for achieving better health outcomes in under-resourced communities in India and Australia i*/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) storytelling, ict, under-resourced communities a student with a strong hci and design background. Student Required
UQIDAR 00219 Professor Aleksander Rakic, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Professor Amartya Sengupta, Department of Physics TT, TS I. Application of non-contact THz spectroscopic imaging towards preservation of heritage structures in India i/q heritage science, optoelectronics, archaeology, spectroscopy applied mechanics, mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, civil engineering, applied mathematics Student Required
UQIDAR 00220 Professor Aleksander Rakic, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Professor Amartya Sengupta, Department of Physics TT, TS Non-destructive THz Imaging to Study the Viability of Green Materials for Construction i/q terahertz, green construction, materials, sustainability applied mechanics, mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, civil engineering, applied mathematics Student Required
UQIDAR 00224 Professor Salit Kark, School of Biological Sciences Dr Ajay Saini, Department of Rural Development and Technology FW, RE, TS Reducing human-wildlife conflict in natural, agricultural and urban landscapes across boundaries i/q human-wildlife conflict, cross boundary conservation, natural, agricultural and urban landscapes, large mammal conservation ecology, conservation, biodiversity., statistics, spatial analysis, gis and remote sensing Student Required
UQIDAR 00227 Associate Professor Jack Clegg, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Professor Sreedevi Upadhyayula, Department of Chemical Engineering FW, RE, TT, TS Rational Design of Carboxylate Supramolecular Complexes for Pyrolysis Bio-oil Valorization i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) bio-oil, supramolecular complexes, valorization, catalysis applied chemistry, nanotechnology, material science, chemical engineering Student Required
UQIDAR 00231 Associate Professor Karen McNamara, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Vibha Arora, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences RE, TS Gender, Disasters and Building Community Resilience i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) gender, disaster, recovery, resilience human geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental management Student Required
UQIDAR 00234 Associate Professor Shih-Chun Lo, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Professor Nidhi Jain, Department of Chemistry TT, TS New approaches to the development of highly effiicnet organic chromophores i metal catalysed reactions, organic materials, solution processable, augmented realities synthetic organic chemistry, material purification and characterisation, material chemistry, basic physical chemistry and/or inorganic chemistry Student Required

UQIDAR PhD candidates are working on the following projects. Please note, these positions have been filled.

Project Code UQ Supervisor IITD Supervisor Research Themes Title Student Type (i/a) Keywords Discipline Status
UQIDAR 00111 Dr Matthew Bambling, Centre for Digital Health Professor Singh, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences TT, TS Student Classroom Behavioural Issues in India and a Digital health Behaviour Management Intervention for Teachers i adolescent, behaviour, classroom, teachers psychology, education, social sciences, youth Position Filled - Madhumita Ramakrishna
UQIDAR 00113 Dr Sangeeta Prakash, Agriculture and Food Sciences Professor Jatindra Kumar, Rural development and Technology TT, TS Designing functionalised sweetmeat through 3D food printing i 3 dimensional printing, dairy, extrusion, desiccated milk solids food engineering, chemical engineering, food science & technology, physical chemistry, Position Filled - Mohammad Bareen
UQIDAR 00119 Professor Aleksandar D. Rakić, School of IT and Electrical Engineering Professor Amartya Sengupta, Department of Physics FW, TT, TS Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging in Quantitative Assessment of Plant Hydration Towards Implementing Optimized Irrigation Management in Australia and India i terahertz, interferometry, spectroscopy, photonics optics, electrical engineering, physics, biology Position Filled - Mayuri Kashyap
UQIDAR 00124 Professor George Zhao, School of Chemical Engineering Professor Upadhyayula Sreedevi, Department of Chemical Engineering RE, TT, TS Rational Design of highly efficient solar light driven photocatalysts for CO2 conversion to fuels i/q solar energy, carbon dioxide, photocatalysis, clean fuel, catalyst chemical engineering, chemistry, chemical technology, catalysis Position Filled - Aloka Sahu
UQIDAR 00132 Dr Vigya Sharma, School of Chemical Engineering Professor Upasna Sharma, School of Public Policy RE, TT, TS Examining the social acceptance of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in India i renewable energy expansion, acquisition and conflict, social impacts, energy access human geography, development studies, engineering, policy studies Position Filled - Simran Agarwal
UQIDAR 00134 Professor Hal Gurgenci, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Associate Professor Dibakar Rakshit, Centre for Energy Studies TS Assessment and Comparison of Performance of Thermal and Electrical Battery for Renewable Energy Applications i energy generation, energy conversion, high temperature energy storage, electricity spillage renewable energy, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics Position Filled - Alok Kumar Ray
UQIDAR 00137 Professor Aleksandar D. Rakić, School of IT and Electrical Engineering Professor Amartya Sengupta, Department of Physics FW, TT, TS Identification of Transgenic Plant Species Using Non-invasive THz Spectroscopy for Advancing Natural and Organic Farming Practices i terahertz, plant phenotypes, imaging, agriculture botany, biochemistry, electrical engineering, physics Position Filled - Urbi Kundu
UQIDAR 00140 Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng, School of Civil Engineering Professor K. Ramachandra Rao, Department of Civil Engineering TT, TS Developing Effective Traffic Congestion Management Strategies for Road Transport Systems with Traditional, Connected and Automated Vehicles i/q driverless vehicles, connected vehicles, traffic congestion transport engineering, control engineering, mathematics and statistics, computer science Position Filled - Janci Rani P
UQIDAR 00142 Professor David Reutens , Centre for Advanced Imaging Dr Varsha Singh, Department of Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences HA, RE, TT, TS Understanding Brain-Behavior link: Using Structural (frontal asymmetry) and Neurochemical (neurotransmitters) Basis of Cognitive and Affective Processing to Improve Prediction of Health-related Outcomes in Epilepsy patients from low socio-economic. i frontal lobe functions/ executive functions, epilepsy, cognitive affective processes, endocrine system neuropsychology (focus: clinical), clinical psychology, neuroscience (focus: cognitive/behavioural), rehabilitation (focus: neuropsychological) Position Filled - Indupriya Vanchipurackal
UQIDAR 00145 Dr Antonio Andrés Bellofatto, School of Economics Dr Sourabh Paul, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences TT, TS Talent Allocation in the Indian Economy: Measurement and Policy Implications i/q note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc) misallocation, labor markets, indian economy, policy design economics, statistics, mathematics, engineering Position Filled - Kopal Mathur
UQIDAR 00156 Dr Sisira Edirippulige, Centre for Online Health/Centre for Health Services Research Professor Vigneswara Llavarasan, Department of Management Studies TT,TS Exploring the potential of Health Tech Start-ups in India: A Critical Success Factors Framework i health, information and communication technology, business, start-ups health, information technology, business, information systems Position Filled - Imon Chakraborty
UQIDAR 00158 Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Associate Professor Divya Dwiwedi, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences TS Ontologies of Force: Violence, Non-Violence and Resistance (Studies of Indian and Australian historical contexts through philosophy, film, literature.) i/q philosophy, literature, politics, violence continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, post-colonialism, political philosophy Position Filled - Gopika Gurudas
UQIDAR 00168 Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun, Institute for Social Science Research Associate Professor Kamlesh Singh, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences FW, TS Early Life Social, Economic and Family Predictors of the Trajectory of Malnutrition and Cognitive Development from Childhood to Adulthood i/q early life, longitudinal study, malnutrition, cognitive development statistics, economics, population studies or psychology Position Filled - Nimisha Bahl
UQIDAR 00184 Dr Aparna Hebbani, School of Communication and Arts Professor Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Department of Management Studies TS Gendered talk: Analysis of dyadic communication within transport platform space in India i/q communication, gender, language, gender relations communication, sociology, management, political economy Position Filled - Abza Bharadwaj
UQIDAR 00192 Associate Professor Jay Weerawardena, School of Business Professor Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Department of Management Studies TS How can we build sustainable digital social enterprises in India? i social enterprises, digital technologies, innovation, competitive advantage, social and economic value creation management, marketing, strategic management, entrepreneurship Position Filled - Anubhav Tewatia
UQIDAR 00193 Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, School of Communication and Arts Associate Professor Arjun Ghosh, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences TT, TS Communication and Social Movements: Continuities and Discontinuities i/q social movements, social media, theatre, new media sociology, english literature, political science, communication and media studies, journalism Position Filled - Tiyana Jovanovic
UQIDAR 00202 Professor Salit Kark, School of Biological Sciences Dr Kavya Dashora, Department of Rural Development and Technology RE, TS Can honey help save large threatened mammals? i/q conservation, cross-boundary, honeybees, community-oriented conservation, large mammals the students will need a background in ecology, conservation and biodiversity. they should have some knowledge in statistics and spatial analysis, and preferably have used r and gis Position Filled - Vasundhara Hemant Krishnani