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PhD scholarship: Game Theory, Mechanism Design and Cybersecu...

The University of Queensland

Job Description

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The award

Supervisor – Professor Claudio Mezzetti

This project aims to apply game theory and mechanism design techniques to cybersecurity. There are three main themes:

The design of incentives and mechanisms for cybersecurity: blockchain or smart contracts for financial trading; supply chain, product provenance and traceability; regulation of chain for multi-chain eco-systems; fair distribution of blockchain resources.

Data privacy: general data protection regulation; privacy compliance for digital systems e.g., e-auctions, e-health; building systems to protect data privacy (using blockchain and trusted execution environments to balance privacy and security)

IoT/AI: big data solutions for inequality, trust, wellbeing; fairness, robustness, security, and privacy of AI applications, (e.g., in home loans, models used by judges in the courts, etc.); data sharing, selling and trading; teaming under dynamically changing or resource constrained environments; calibrating machine trust.

There are three PhD scholarships available.

The research will be conducted in collaboration between the School of Economics and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

A working knowledge of CMathematics, statistic, computing, economics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of economics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics, or similar and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of mathematics, statistics, computing, economics is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Professor Claudio Mezzetti at

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

check your eligibility

prepare your documentation

contact Professor Claudio Mezzetti ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’

Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.

Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘GAME THEORY’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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