Course: PhD in the Melbourne School of Design
Institution: The Melbourne University
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Julia’s research is titled ‘Coping with Uncertainty as if People Mattered: A Case Study on Russian Institutional Response to Arctic Meltdown’.
Her research aims to develop a conceptual framework that can be used to explore institutional response to environmental degradation and climate change in the context of socially constructed uncertainty and its implications for human security. Institutional response encompasses arrangements in both formal and informal rules across scales and sectors and is seen as institutional adaptation, institutional resilience and institutional change. Institutional response that mediates social vulnerability is observed by examining how institutional interplay results in institutional access to resources for coping and adaptation.
About her experience at the University, Julia says “Undertaking a higher degree by research at the Melbourne School of Design, students are embarking on a process of discovery. I found everything here to steer this journey: interactive and stimulating learning environment, modern sustainable facilities and comprehensive research support. I get my inspiration from diverse conferences, workshops and seminars that provide unique opportunities for learning and networking. Supportive staff are here to stimulate the integration into the academic world and multicultural student community helps to lead an enriching well-balanced life. The Melbourne School of Design is the right choice for those who wish to make the research a rewarding experience”.