Skip to content

Study with us

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer the opportunity to undertake a research degree within any of our disciplines and areas of research expertise. We provide a supportive, vibrant, and collegiate environment, rich in diversity, promoting a high-performance research culture. Your experience with us will be enriching and memorable with many opportunities to work with peers and academics on your areas of interest.

Our degrees offer a distinctive blend of theoretical and practice -based programs including industry-based partnerships, to equip students with higher-level conceptual and professional skills. Choose a research topic that reflects your interests and identify a supervisor from discipline staff with the expertise to guide you in your research. We supervise across a range of methodologies and conceptual/theoretical approaches, and encourage scholarship that draws on ideas from across diverse fields.

Research Degrees at the University of Tasmania
Find out about entry requirements, application procedures, scholarships, and finding a supervisor

Closing dates for College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) Scholarship Rounds
31st Oct 2018 and 1st March 2019

Featured Projects

Artfully decoding delicious imagery

Nathan Taylor is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Arts, whose research is exploring contemporary food imaging.

Bringing seafood governance to the surface

Coco Cullen-Knox is a PhD candidate at the School of Social Sciences, whose research explores the roll of environmental campaigning and media in the governance of seafood.

Making forensic science easier for non-scientists to understand

Loene Howes completed a PhD at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) in the School of Social Sciences. Loene came to the University of Tasmania because Forensic Studies is a key strength of research at TILES, and a unique program in Australia. Loene now works at the University as a researcher and lecturer.

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.

Available Research Degree Projects

A research degree candidate may develop their own research project in collaboration with their supervisor or apply for one of our currently available projects below:

Applicants who are interested a specific project should first contact the supervisor listed and then find out more about our Entry Requirements, Scholarships if relevant, and then Apply Now.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

Since the publishing of Peter Singer’s seminal text Animal Liberation in 1975, Australia has played a significant role in the development of the Animal Studies (also known as Human-Animal Studies and including Critical Animal Studies) as an international field of enquiry and continues to do so.

Researchers from the University of Tasmania have been active in the contemporary development of Animal Studies, convening the second Australian Animal Studies conference, Considering Animals, in 2007 and publishing widely in the field. The recent development of Animal Studies as a Strategic Theme Area grouping within the College of Arts and Law further consolidates the importance of this rapidly growing field at UTAS.

Potential candidates working in the field of Animal Studies are invited to submit an application to undertake a PhD, with project proposals that reflect the radical rethinking of the nature of human-animal relations and its consequences for animal well being, empathy and ethical relations, species extinction, sustainability and climate change that underpin Animal Studies as a field of scholarship.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Yvette Watt for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

This project will examine existing STEAM Education and Art-Science Public Engagement models locally and globally to identify and test effective strategies for program delivery within a Tasmanian context. The project will also critically evaluate the role and value of creative arts in STEM and address the key challenges for implementing STEAM programs including how to create meaningful and critically engaged projects and implement, manage and sustain interdisciplinary collaborations across art and science disciplines.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Education training or experience
  • Previous experience working across art and science
  • Public programs development and project management skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Svenja Kratz or Dr Karen Hall for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

This practice-led project will focus on the development of Art-Science Projects and the delivery of linked STEAM Engagement Programs within a Tasmanian context. The project should engage with critical issues and thematic relevant to Art-Science, bio art and/or interdisciplinary practices across art, design, science, engineering and technology. This may include ecofeminism, the ethical, social, cultural and political implications of new and emerging technologies, critical and speculative interventions in the Anthropocene, sustainment and new ecological paradigms.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Previous experience working across art and science
  • Public programs development and project management skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Svenja Kratz or Dr Karen Hall for more information.

Closing Date

31 March 2019

The Research Project

This project supports discipline-based and interdisciplinary research in the creative and performing arts, and studies of aspects of various genres of Australian and British music. Doctoral candidates in performance, music composition and musicology studies are invited to submit a proposal for a specialized music project seeking new ways to understand, create, and perform including investigation of historical and contemporary performance practice.

Interdisciplinary projects that align with the research themes of the Creative Exchange Institute (CxI) are welcomed, which may include collaborations with other creative arts, humanities, Antarctic studies, social sciences, physical sciences or education. Research methodologies may be studio based, praxis-based or theoretical and may include performance, composition, or musicological studies.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Professional creative practice or relevant industry engagement
  • Prior publication of arts-practice research or musicological research
  • Excellent communication skills

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

Artistic activity has a long history of radical and outsider behaviour. Through social action, political struggle and protest, and by creatively working through trauma, artists express opposition to hegemony and invent modes of resistance.

This project defines ways in which artistic practice interrogates and critiques ideas, institutions and authority within structures of governance and dominant modes of thinking. Moreover, the project explores creative modes of conflict resolution and constructing hope and shared social horizons. The project seeks expressions of interest in projects that engage with forms of creative critical resistance in order to forge new understandings and ways of seeing and being in the world.

The project may address areas such as:

  • Protest and activism
  • Alterity
  • Queerness
  • Feminism
  • Outsider art
  • Social crisis and conflict

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Demonstrated professional creative practice
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Applicants working cross-discipline are encouraged to apply
  • Projects may be theoretical, praxis or studio-based

More Information

Please contact Dr Megan Keating for more information.

Closing Date

31 March 2019

The Research Project

This project supports interdisciplinary research into the potential benefits of the use of creative arts (eg. visual arts, music, theatre, dance) for health and wellbeing outcomes in healthcare settings such as hospitals, community based facilities or aged care residential facilities.

A doctoral candidate is sought to contribute to research into impacts of creative arts programs and be involved in the delivery and evaluation of novel projects in one or more healthcare settings. Mixed method research methodologies will be employed to evaluate projects, which may include monitoring of physiological markers, data handling and bio statistics. Applicants may engage with areas such as image making and data visualization

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Professional creative practice
  • Experience in a health care environment
  • Police checks and registration to work with vulnerable people will be required

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes for more information

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

This project explores new creative ways to represent, image and intervene in place and environment. The project will engage with historical, cultural, scientific and creative practices as a means to develop new ways of understanding, seeing and engaging with place and the environment.

Research methodologies may be studio based, praxis-based or purely theoretical and may include visual arts, sound, design, media arts, performance and curation.

The project considers themes in the areas of:

  • Tasmanian contexts and Islandness
  • Natural and cultural heritage
  • Place and site specificity
  • Mapping and cartography
  • Environmental change, land use, and conservation
  • Ethics and cross-cultural encounter

The projects may engage with areas such as:

  • Image making, data visualization, pictorial analysis and critique
  • The politics of representation; participatory practice; aesthetics; art and activism
  • Environmental theory as well as all forms of creative practice

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Image making/pictorial analysis
  • Professional creative practice
  • Applicants working cross-discipline are encouraged to apply

More Information

Please contact Dr Megan Keating for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

The announcement in late 2016 of the proposed development of a multistakeholder site for the memorialisation of Tasmania’s Black Wars at Macquarie Point has amplified a longstanding debate over the capacity of visual arts to commemorate and engage with questions of memory, post-coloniality, and decolonisation. The possibility of recognising trauma and confronting, adapting, and engaging with sites of contention have seen a variety of visual, performative, and spatial responses.

More recently, this ground has been joined by coterminous concerns with the legacy and memorialisation of colonisation. Recent decolonising practices have considered the entanglement of aesthetics and world politics along with explorations of the archive, empathy and affect, pre-colonial practices and cross-cultural dialogues.

This practice-led project examines the possibility of engaging and adapting to a range of strategies that are pertinent to this subject. We encourage collaboration with histories, communities, and sites of trauma, loss, and possibility. This project calls for artists working in the arena of memory and decolonisation.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Professional creative practice

More Information

Please contact Dr Megan Keating for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

Mapping the musical and cultural impact of the performance of African American gospel music within other cultural contexts. Cataloging, analysing and describing the techniques employed by conductors, directors, arrangers, and composers in facilitating the effective and authentic performance of African American gospel and other African American inspired contemporary music forms on community and other ensembles outside of the originating musical culture.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Andrew Legg for further information.

Closing Date

30 November 2018

The Research Project

A doctoral candidate is sought specifically to contribute to ongoing research into impacts of creative arts programs for renal patients. The candidate would be involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of novel creative arts projects in Renal Dialysis Units associated with the Royal Hobart Hospital and groups of renal patients of different ages.   Mixed method research methodologies will be employed to evaluate projects, which may include monitoring of physiological markers.

The project considers themes in the areas of:

  • Creative arts, health and well being
  • Renal health and dialysis
  • Community health
  • Better ageing
  • Youth and chronic disease

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include the following criteria:

  • Professional creative practice
  • Experience in working in healthcare environments
  • Police checks and registration to work with vulnerable people will be required

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes for more information.

Closing Date

31 March 2019

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

This project studies the interaction of music and visual culture in Australia. It embraces the creation of new work as well as the study of existing work from the past and present, seeking to explore, understand and bring new knowledge to the ways in which music and visual culture interact in Australia.

Building upon the discipline of music iconography, the project is aligned with the scholarly interests of Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM)(ridim.org) through the University of Tasmania’s fostering of an Australian National RIdIM Centre and Working Group.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • A high level of practical experience and skill as a visual artist and/or musician
  • Interdisciplinary experience
  • The ability to connect creative practice with scholarly enquiry
  • Knowledge of Musicology and/or Art History
  • Knowledge of Australian Cultural History
  • Experience in the field of Digital Humanities

More Information

Please contact Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2018

The Research Project

In recent times, there has been a burgeoning of interest in the ways in which the body has been mediated by culture. This reflects the increasing centrality of the body in contemporary culture as a vehicle for defining both our individual and social identities.  This research project will seek to develop new ways of understanding, seeing and engaging with how the body is both shaped by, and in turn interacts with, cultural and social norms.  Research methodologies may be purely theoretical or studio based and may include visual arts, sound, design, media arts, performance, curation etc.

The project considers themes in the areas of

  • Gendered constructions of the body
  • Racial constructions of the body
  • Fashion, adornment and the body
  • Body modification
  • Beauty and appearance
  • The impact of medical and/or digital technologies on our visualization of the body
  • The body in performance

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Llewellyn Negrin for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2018

The Research Project

The paradigmatic qualities of Arts Based Research (ABR) continue to evolve, as does the body of interest from academic communities in its possibilities and contentions. As an evolving paradigm for research, ABR can be interchangeably referred to as Arts informed research, Arts informed inquiry, and Arts based inquiry amongst other subtle variations (Cole & Knowles, 2008; Ewing, 2015). A shared understanding in relation to the ambitions of ABR is that Arts processes can be applied to enact meaningful systematic inquiry, and that the process and forms of researching and representation are informed by the Arts, rather than being based in them or even, perhaps, about them (Cole and Knowles, 2008).

The Faculty of Education boasts a diverse team of researchers within the Arts and Creativity Research Group. As a team, our methodological expertise relative to ABR includes, but is not limited to, narrative inquiry, autoethnography, performance based research and a/r/tography.

HDR candidates looking to articulate, apply and/or pioneer possibilities of what might be done in an educational research context through ABR are warmly invited to draw from the collective expertise of the Arts and Creativity Research Group.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • The project must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research and/or professional practice experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Experience (professional or emerging) in Arts practice, in any art form/medium
  • Demonstrated ability to apply traditional research methodologies in innovative and rigorous ways

More Information

Please contact Dr Abbey MacDonald for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2018

The Research Project

This project is one supported by academics from the Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre which comprises a group of strong researchers with a focus on STEM in education and is housed within the School of Education.

How do science teachers manage questions and topics that bridge science, philosophy, ethics, religion or spiritual beliefs? How do they build students' confidence and ability to ask important questions in this space? Questions such as these would form the basis of a research project. The research will be undertaken with initial teacher education students, to see how capable they feel in providing opportunities for students to grapple with cross-disciplinary ideas that assist us to understand what it means to Be Human. It will also explore the nuances of the nature of science, the stereotypical views of science, and the power and limits of science to explain what it means to be human. The research could utilise and build upon resources developed in the UK suitable to the Australian context, for use with students and teachers.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • If a scholarship is awarded, the candidate must enrol as a full-time student
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research or professional experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • The ability to understand and enact cross-disciplinary perspectives and collaboration

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Sharon Fraser for more information.

Closing Date

18 December 2018

The Research Project

An eExam occurs when a candidate takes their own computer into a supervised and timed assessment. This study will build on a national eExam project to look at adoption of the technology across Australia and survey the impact on teaching practices. It takes the view that what is taught is only what can be assessed. If assessment is on paper, then many skills and attitudes are left untaught.

To undertake this project you will need some understanding of computers and empathy with their users. In addition, you will develop a breadth of knowledge of university curricula in a broad range of disciplines. The analysis techniques taught will be comparative and historical, as you map the nature of pre-eExam assessments to post-eExam. In some cases the eExam will be an option – in others it will facilitate post-paper assessment. Your study will uncover the pathways from one to the other.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Assessment skills
  • Computer competency

More Information

Please contact Dr Andrew Fluck for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2018

The Research Project

This project is one supported by academics from the Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre which comprises a group of strong researchers with a focus on STEM in education and is housed within the School of Education.

While the acronym STEM has been around for some time, authentic teaching and learning experiences of STEM are still rare. In formal learning settings, school and university, students learn in subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) but may not be taught the explicit links between, and co-dependencies of, the STEM disciplines. Such understandings are essential to scientific research.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • The ability to understand and enact cross-disciplinary perspectives and collaboration

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Sharon Fraser for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2018

The Research Project

The percentage of Australian primary teachers who are male has noticeably decreased in the past thirty years. Concerned stakeholders, such as principals and parents, have called for increased male recruitment to, and retention in, the primary teaching profession. The recruitment-focused initiatives introduced in response to these calls have not been successful in raising male teacher numbers. This situation suggests that more focus needs to be placed on the retention of male primary teachers already in the profession.

Education research has identified numerous gender-related challenges faced by male primary teachers, and noted that men often leave the profession because of these challenges. However, researchers have spent much less time in investigating strategies to assist male primary teachers to cope with these challenges. This research aims to address this gap through the identification of practical coping strategies and supports these men can use to deal with the gender related challenges they face and persist within their profession. The influence of other factors such as coping efficacy will also be addressed.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Vaughan Cruickshank for more information.

Closing Date

31 December 2018

The Research Project

International and Australian research on historical thinking and historical consciousness since the 1990s informed the development of the Australian Curriculum: History (ACH) and now underpins its practice. One of the stated aims of the ACH is for students to develop skills of higher order thinking in order to produce a critical perspective on received versions of the past.

The curriculum outlines a learning continuum within the General Capability of ‘Critical and Creative Thinking’ that comprises 4 key elements and 6 levels of achievement that relate to children’s ages and schooling years. However, this hierarchy of achievement contrasts with historical thinking research that argues that children can develop historical reasoning and higher-order historical thinking through structured teaching and learning, rather than at age-related stages. We are interested in exploring whether through exposure to constructivist pedagogy and guided inquiry learning, students of various ages and stages can achieve higher-order historical thinking.

This research will be situated in primary and secondary schools in Tasmania. It will employ quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine two key questions:

  • What does critical and creative thinking look like in history? 
  • How do we measure children’s capacity to achieve higher-order thinking in history?

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

More Information

Please contact Dr Louise Zarmati for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2018

The Research Project

Increased sedentariness within our society is connected to a range of downstream, adverse health conditions. As governments have begun to recognise this growing concern, preventative approaches aimed to limit healthcare costs have become a national priority.

The UTAS Active Work Laboratory is at the forefront of this effort through its work developing and validating education strategies and e-health interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve health throughout the lifespan.

The Active Work Lab research team has expertise in kinesiology, physiology, psychology, pedagogy, gaming and information technology.

Our current focus is on developing a gold-standard, field-based, randomised control trial using sensor technology to investigate changes in sedentary behaviour and the resulting short- and long-term health effects of an e-health intervention targeting sedentary behaviour exhibited by office-working adults.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

More Information

Please contact Dr Scott Pedersen for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2020

The Research Project

Tasmania needs to increase participation in higher education to develop an intelligent workforce, which will be capable of enterprise and contribute to economic growth in the State. Online learning is important to increasing participation. However, a large proportion of new online learning entrants, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds drop-out, often early in the course. Boosting participation by opening doors to previous non-participants is to little avail if it is a revolving door. Reducing attrition is the most likely way to increase participation.

That remote online learners are more likely to drop-out is entirely consistent with the theory that persistence is enhanced by social integration into the university community. However, the construct has largely been operationalized in terms of full-time on-campus students. There is a real need for qualitative research which seeks to better understand the issue from the perspective of remote online students. There is also a need to better understand the notion of academic integration for students who have not been high achievers and who come from backgrounds of low tertiary participation. It is not clear how school leavers can adjust to the very different learning approaches required for online learning. The project aims to seek a better understanding of the constructs of social and academic integration from the perspective of remote and online students and those from a disadvantaged background.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applicants who teach online

More Information

Please contact Professor David Kember for more information.

Closing Date

30 November 2020

The Research Project

Tasmania needs to increase participation in higher education to develop an intelligent workforce, which will be capable of enterprise and contribute to economic growth in the State. Online learning is important to increasing participation. However, a large proportion of new online learning entrants, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds drop-out, often early in the course. Boosting participation by opening doors to previous non-participants is to little avail if it is a revolving door. Reducing attrition is the most likely way to increase participation.

That remote online learners are more likely to drop-out is entirely consistent with the theory that persistence is enhanced by social integration into the university community. However, the construct has largely been operationalized in terms of full-time on-campus students. There is a need to trial and evaluate pedagogical and curriculum initiatives which might result in online and remote students being better integrated socially and academically.

Projects can be developed based on a range of pedagogical and curriculum initiatives based on blended learning or the flipped classroom. Initiatives are likely to make online students feel part of a learning community.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) and International candidates
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Applicants who teach online

More Information

Please contact the below staff for more information:

Closing Date

30 December 2018

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

Evidence shows that high quality early learning experiences benefit all children and improves education and life outcomes. We need to be committed to delivering strategies, services and programs to ensure our youngest learners have the best possible start in life. To enable this to occur, this research seeks to answer any of the following questions related to early childhood education:

  • What are the factors that enhance/deter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parent engagement?
  • How do schools engage with parents from low SES communities?
  • How can we measure the impact of early years’ programs?
  • What are the community-level factors that impact on positive early childhood, schooling?
  • What are the components of an effective play-based learning program?
  • What are the most effective strategies to build leadership capacity and capability in the early years?
  • What factors support children to make a successful transition to school?

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Experience in early childhood education

More Information

Please contact Professor Karen Swabey for more information.

Closing Date

30 March 2019

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

Sport is often regarded as a functional and positive space for children. All athletes have a right to engage in ‘safe sport’, defined as an athletic environment that is inclusive, respectful and equitable. However, a recent study conducted by Mountjoy et al.(2016) revealed that children with a disability (e.g. Autism) are at highest risk of inequity, exclusion and non-accidental violence in sport. The promotion of an inclusive and safe sporting environment is an urgent task and part of the broader international imperative for good governance in sport. Awareness of the effects of autism (e.g. socially, learning) has increased in recent years, with 1 in 100 children in Australia now affected (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015).

As such, there remains an urgent need for research to explore the sporting experiences of children with Autism at the individual, parent and club levels. The proposed project could therefore consider the perspectives of the following which to date are underrepresented in scholarly writing:

  • The perspectives of parents’ of children with Autism who participate in sport
  • The perspectives of coaches’ of athletes with Autism
  • Perspectives of athletes with Autism who participate in sport

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Teaching experience in primary, secondary contexts
  • An interest in inclusivity and Autism
  • Coaching and/or sporting background

More Information

Please contact Dr Jenny McMahon for more information.

Scholarship Type

Living allowance scholarship (RTP) or candidature only, selected through a competitive process

Value & Duration

If successful in applying for an RTP scholarship, a scholarship provides $27,082pa (2018 rate) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

Funding Source

This scholarship is funded by University of Tasmania.

Closing Date

31 October 2018

The Research Project

The late Republic and early Principate (c. 133 BCE-138 CE) offer an abundance of rich source material for new studies in ancient Roman culture. Literary texts written during this period both reflect and reflect upon the political, social, cultural, and intellectual developments of their time, making them key windows into contemporary Roman life and thought. This project invites candidates to make an original contribution to research on the culture of the late Republic and early Principate through the study of ancient texts. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to explore relevant texts and contexts of their choosing. This project could approach the topic from a variety of scholarly perspectives; some possibilities include ancient emotion studies, gender & sexuality studies, textuality/intertextuality, rhetoric & performativity, classical reception studies.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Following discussions with the research team, full on-line Applications must be received prior to the closing date.

More information

Please contact Dr Jayne Knight or Dr Jonathan Wallis for more information.

Closing date

Ongoing

The Research Project

This cross-disciplinary research program focuses upon regulation, prevention and support of work-related psychological injury. In today’s employment and regulatory landscapes, both employers and employees have legal responsibilities and liabilities related to work-related psychological injury. These have complex implications for workers, organisations, legislators and legal practitioners. However, little is known about how managers, employees, human resource management professionals and legal practitioners navigate these complexities. For example, in law, employers are not liable to pay worker’s compensation for psychological injury arising from ‘reasonable management action’. But what constitutes ‘reasonable management action’? How can managers and organisations ensure their actions are ‘reasonable’?  How can workers determine if they are not?

Potential PhD projects in this program include (but are not limited to):

  • examination of judicial interpretations of relevant legislation and case law
  • exploration of what constitutes ‘reasonable management action’ under law and in management practice
  • investigation of human resource management approaches to support the prevention and oversight of work-related psychological injury; and exploration of the ways in which legal practitioners, human resource management professionals, line managers and workers engage with and contribute to psychological safety climates that prevent and support psychological injury in the workplace

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Expressions of interest are invited from potential candidates with:

  • qualitative research experience in business, management or law
  • highly developed written and communication skills
  • a previous research qualification (Honours or Masters by Research) in a social science discipline, preferably Business or Law

More information

Please contact Dr Olivia Rundle or Dr Megan Woods for further information.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Research Theme

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The Research Project

‘Climate intervention’ refers to deliberate human intervention in the earth system to lessen human induced climate change. Solar radiation management is a form of climate intervention that might be used at various scales to increase the planet’s albedo and thereby reduce temperature increase. Prominent proposals include marine cloud brightening and using marine based reflective agents to lessen coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Governance of research, testing and implementation of climate intervention at domestic and international levels are at a very early stage. However, over the past sixty years Australia and the United States have used law to govern weather modification activities, such as cloud seeding, aimed at increasing regional or local rainfall patterns.

This project will analyse the history of weather modification law in Australia and the United States to identify what lessons might be drawn for the governance, public participation and social acceptability of proposals for regional climate intervention.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Environmental law
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental management

More Information

Please contact Professor Jan McDonald or Dr Jeff McGee for more information.

Further details can also be found here: http://marinesocioecology.org/weather-modification-in-australia-and-the-united-states-what-lessons-for-governing-regional-climate-intervention/

Closing Date

31 December 2018

Research Theme

Creativity, Culture & Society

The Research Project

International Criminal Justice is a relatively recent discipline evolving in the past 25 years since the establishment by the UN Security Council of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In that time there has been a significant amount of scholarship focussed on the prosecution of gender crimes and crimes of sexual violence. One unintended but negative consequence of that focus has been on gendered aspects of sexual violence – principally against women. Gendered aspects of international crimes extend way beyond crimes of sexual violence and women are not the only victims on gendered crimes (even if they form the majority of victims). The project is intended to go beyond the scope of the existing scholarship to demonstrate some of the breadth and diversity of gendered aspects of international crimes.

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Law – particularly International Law
  • Multilateral diplomacy and the negotiation of multilateral treaties
  • Government policy

More Information

Please contact Tim McCormack for more information.

Closing Date

28 February 2019

Research Themes

  • Creativity, Culture & Society
  • Better Health

The Research Project

The project examines the experience of same-sex attracted workers in government funded faith based social service providers, such as social welfare organisations and schools. Faith based social service providers employ large numbers of people. The Catholic Church, for example, employs roughly 2% of the Australian workforce.

Same-sex attracted workers (as well as students and social service recipients) can be legally discriminated against by government funded faith based social service providers. There is currently a push to extend this right to discriminate more broadly, allowing discrimination in commercial services on the basis of conscientious objection. There are very few studies of the experiences of same-sex attracted workers in these situations in Australia, and a great need for ethical guidance in the face of social conflict.

The candidate will undertake empirical and/or analytical research into the experience of same-sex attracted workers in faith based service providers. The candidate may consider: What is the effect of the legal right to discriminate on the workers, on their work, and on their colleagues? What social policy responses to the growth of cultural diversity should be undertaken? How may we maintain social cohesion in the context of social conflict regarding queer and religious identities (or similar.)?

Eligibility

Please refer to the Entry Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Sociology
  • Religion Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Legal Studies

More Information

Please contact Professor Douglas Ezzy or Dr Louise Richardson-Self for more information.