Visiting Scholars

Call: Laureate Centre Scholars in Residence 2022

The Laureate Centre for History and Population at UNSW Sydney is inviting applications for our 2022 Laureate Scholars-in-Residence program.

Each year, Laureate Centre Scholars in Residence join us to interrogate, research and discuss critical issues in the history of population.

The Laureate Centre’s 2021/22 Working Theme is ‘Energies: How do we think about population and history in a climate-changed world?’ (Details below)

Scholars appointed under the scheme will be provided with return economy travel to Sydney, up to 4 weeks’ accommodation, and an office with the Centre. Scholars will have access to, and be part of, the Laureate Centre Ideas Lab, and will be encouraged to organise events with researchers at the Centre.

These positions are open to scholars at all stages of their careers and can be undertaken anytime in 2022. Given current limitations on travel into and out of Australia, we encourage those based overseas to plan any travel for the latter half of the year. Domestic applicants may undertake their fellowships at any time.

Details of application procedures are below. For further information, or to organise a call to discuss your application, please email: 

Applications for the 2022 program are due: 11.59pm AEST, Monday, 1 November 2021

Our 2022 Thematic Question:

Energies: How do we think about population and history in a climate-changed world?

How is population history connected to environmental history, to limits, and to circular economies? How do we add eco-politics (ecology, economy) to population histories’ conventional domain of biopolitics?

Any inquiry into the modern history of population invariably confronts the question of energy. Not only has modern world history been characterized by new energy transitions, flows, and accumulations at the planetary level, but the concept has stark relevance across multiple scales. Human bodies organize, store, and dispense energy through consumption, planning, labour, and most importantly for the history of population, reproduction. The theme of ‘energies’ helps us move between and cut across these scales and analyse the social, economic, and environmental dynamics of population politics. It invites consideration, for example, of the science of ecology through the lens of population, connecting the Greek concept of oikos/household to early twentieth century energetics, to ‘biological economics’, and to late twentieth century world systems modelling. ‘Energies’ refers to the operative metaphors and materials of population history in a climate-changed world, aligning the resources that fuelled globalization with the politics of reproduction. Given its controversial history, where does population policy best stand in the 21st century, in a new era of climate crisis, with ageing and low fertility the new problems, and within the recognised imperative of sustainable growth?

About Us

Located at UNSW Sydney, the Laureate Centre for History and Population researches how population policies emerged over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and what their present legacies are, especially in a climate-changed world. We consider the significance of population for modern world history, economic history, environmental history, and the history of ideas, each of which were and are gendered and raced.


We encourage both senior and early career colleagues to apply. Applicants should have a PhD in History or similar discipline and may be at any stage of their career. International applicants are warmly invited to apply, however we cannot cover the cost of visas if required.

Application Requirements:

Please provide the following as part of your application:

  • CV + two academic references
  • Project Proposal (maximum 2 pages): An outline of planned work over the course of residence at the Centre, including ideas for an event with Centre fellows.

About the position:

Scholars in residence will be entitled to:

  • Return economy airfare or other transport to Sydney, up to a maximum of $3000AUD (for international applicants) or $1000AUD (for Australian and NZ applicants).
  • Accommodation near the UNSW Kensington campus, up to a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • An office, or shared workspace in the Laureate Centre
  • Access to the Laureate Centre Ideas Lab

How to apply: Please send your application and supporting materials to

Closes: 11.59pm AEST, Monday 1 November 2021.