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Two PhD scholarships are available to undertake innovative research at 
the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI) under 
the three-year Australian Research Council-funded project “The role of 
online social networks in successful ageing: benefitting from ‘who you 
know’ at older ages”. The project aims to examine the role of online 
social networking in relation to successful ageing as measured by 
(re)partnering, family/social connectedness and informal/voluntary 
economic activity at age 50+. Two key data collection components are 
(1) building a social network site (SNS) for the collection of 
personal profile and social networking data, and (2) online and 
offline surveys on successful ageing, social networks, and 
Internet/SNS use and barriers to use. Areas of research for doctoral 
study include social demography, ageing, longevity, social network 
analysis, and e-Research.

The project will commence in March 2010. Two Australian Postgraduate 
Award Industry (APAI) scholarships of $26140 per annum are available 
for three years. Both students will be based in ADSRI and will be 
supervised by Associate Professor Heather Booth and Dr Robert Ackland. 
  For further details, please contact Dr Robert Ackland 
([log in to unmask]) or +612 6125 0312

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Dr Robert Ackland
Fellow and Masters Coordinator | Australian Demographic and Social 
Research Institute | The Australian National University

e-mail:   [log in to unmask]
homepage: http://adsri.anu.edu.au/people/robert.php
project:  http://voson.anu.edu.au
ph./fax:  +61 2 6125 0312/+61 2 6125 2992

Information about the Master of Social Research:
http://adsri.anu.edu.au/study/msr.php
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