Linkage PhD Scholarship in History, Economics and Anthropology

An opportunity to work on the ARC Linkage Project ‘Reconstructing museum specimen data through the pathways of global commerce’.

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The project aims to revitalise irreplaceable zoological specimens through a closer understanding of their origins, exchange and preservation as part of a global trade in natural history.

Offered in conjunction with the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, this PhD project will focus on the growth of the natural history trade in zoological specimens from the mid-eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. It will analyse the main trade routes, supply chains, exchange processes, and preservation practices for the natural history trade. Understanding the trade and preservation of natural history products will assist in recovering the stories and scientific knowledge hidden in many currently moribund museum specimens.

Successful candidates will be supervised by Professor Simon Ville (Wollongong), and co-supervised by Dr Jude Philp, an anthropologist at the University of Sydney and senior curator at the Macleay Museum. Simon is a leading economic historian and supervises a group of graduate students. He is a member of the history discipline at Wollongong that scores very highly in research rankings and includes many holders of ARC grants and fellowships.

Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply. This project would suit a candidate with a background in history, economics, or anthropology, with an interest in empire history, economic history or the history of science. One scholarship is available for commencement in mid-2019, but further PhD opportunities are also available on the project.

For enquiries and application details contact Simon Ville at