Tasmania’s geography as an island state, its status as an Antarctic Gateway, and its economic reliance on forestry, aquaculture, agriculture and eco-tourism make us uniquely placed to do work of genuine and lasting impact.
Research from the University of Tasmania shapes our environmental future.
Our research maximises our location in relation to a series of overlapping regions—Australia, Asia, Antarctica, the Pacific, the Southern Ocean, Oceania, Australasia—and focuses on the unique cultures, indigeneities, communities, and practices that emerge from these contexts.
Our work generates new resources for creativity, regional development, policy intervention, and an environmentally sustainable Australia.
Our big questions:
- How do we make regional areas resilient to environmental change?
- What is the future of our energy markets?
- What challenges does a changing environment pose for governance and international treaties?
- How does art, literature, music, and the media reflect and construct environmental sentiment?
- How do we ensure global food security?
Selling the land of extremes
Ever wondered how your perception of Antarctica has been shaped over the years? Influences are usually documentaries, advertising, or by reading books on the continent.
Hanne Nielsen is a PhD candidate at the School of Humanities, whose research is exploring how Antarctica has been used in advertising.
How language can help us love and care for a frozen land
Antarctica is at a crossroads. This frozen continent at the bottom of our planet has the potential to either become one of the most fiercely contested zones in the world, or the most collaborative.