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Regional and Rural

Research from the College of Arts, Law, and Education drives our understanding of the cultural and artistic heritage as well as the economic and social needs of regional and rural communities and industries.

Our research addresses the big questions facing rural and regional Tasmanian communities that revolve around the themes of sustainability, development, and resilience. Our research energies focus on the depth of cultural heritage, the dynamism of industry, and the potential for education in regional and rural communities: those in Tasmania and beyond.

The work of centres like the Institute for Social Change and the Peter Underwood Centre give voice to the histories and challenges of regional communities, while informing solutions to the challenges of demographic, economic, and environmental adjustment and transition in all areas of rural Tasmanian life. Meanwhile, the work of sites such as Riawunna help us understand the enduring legacies and living presence of Indigenous cultures in Tasmania. Working with other UTAS colleagues in the Institute for Regional Development and the Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture, CALE researchers bring a wealth of interdisciplinary experience to regional and rural research.

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Featured Projects

Why English classrooms and book clubs are life-altering spaces

Researchers are working with teachers, students, and book clubs to make the rich experiences of literature available to all.

Using music on prescription

A partnership between Aged Care Deloraine and the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) assessing the effects of singing on the respiratory function and wellbeing in people with living dementia.

Making sense of news – fact from fiction

The ABC-UTAS Media Literacy Project is aimed at empowering teenagers. It will expand knowledge about media literacy and inform the production of more segments and features by the ABC which teach audience how to be critical of content they consume and build their knowledge and skills about how to participate.

Triabunna District School students create new ways of envisioning their region

The project “Night Garden” is a cinematic exploration of dark psychological terrain. It is a Live Site Catalyst project supported by the University of Tasmania, the University's Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and the Behrakis Group.