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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

If you sit for work, you should be concerned about your health

If you sit for work, you should be concerned about your health

University of Tasmania Active Work Laboratory (UTAWL) research is investigating if changing the built environment of office spaces, whilst educating desk-based workers about the health problems associated with prolonged sitting, will facilitate healthy human movement experiences during the workday.

Artfully decoding delicious imagery

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

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

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

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

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project explores intersections of major areas of artistic output that influence new, bold, innovative creative work. It welcomes applications from candidates keen to examine a topic of significance within this that will contribute to our understanding of potential for artistic excellence through the synthesis of various domains of music creation. The broader aim of this project is to apply appropriate theoretical framings and methodologies to explain the impact of emerging musical practices on 21st Century society and culture.

We are seeking a PhD student who has the capacity to engage with various appropriate methodologies including autoethnography, practice led and mixed method approaches to produce outstanding academic and artistic work. The candidate will be a part of a small team of leading researchers at UTAS and will have the opportunity to establish an invaluable academic network with world-class researchers from Australia and abroad during the candidature.

Eligibility

Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Nick Haywood for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Material Cultures / Making Cultures is a research area that seeks to expand current knowledge through critical, creative and experimental engagement with materials, methodologies and discourses in contemporary art, craft and design practice.  

Proposals are sought for PhD projects that examine ways that we think about, construct and consume the materials and objects of everyday life and the natural world, in relation to current, new and emerging potentials for making in a local and global context.

Expressions of interest are sought in response to the following possible theme areas:

  • Materiality - Technological and Emergent Raw Materials, and Material Thinking
  • Future Making - Speculative, Experimental and Propositional and Bio-Materials
  • Waste - Reclamation of Materials, Salvage and Environmental Sustainability
  • Renewal – Repair, Re-use and Longevity
  • Ethical Use – Sourcing, Supply and Application of Media
  • Toxicity - Dangerous Materials, Safety, Health and Wellbeing
  • Ephemerality – Lifespan, Decay and Disposal
  • Legacy – Documentation, Archiving and Communication of Ephemeral Projects
  • Physicality – Object, Collecting, Resonance
  • New Materialism, Radical Materialism and 'Stuff' theory
Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to 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
  • A demonstrated professional-level creative practice or similar professional-level background for interdisciplinary projects
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, and written communication skills

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Steven Carson for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project explores the global and local flows of regional media industries and screen cultures.  
You will be expected to engage with key concepts in the discipline of media studies such as convergence, transmedia, adaptation, transculturalism, globalisation, media literacy from a regional perspective. 

The aim of this project is to apply appropriate theoretical framings and methodologies to explain the impact of emerging screen practices and media industry trends on particular cultural, social, political and economic issues in a regional context, preferably within Tasmanian-based case-studies.

We are seeking a candidate who can use qualitative methods such as textual analysis, interviewing, focus groups and ethnography to engage with broad debates in media, cultural studies and political economy.
In particular, we invite applications which contribute to one, or more, of the following areas:

  • Children's culture and media literacy, particularly from a production studies and/or textual analysis perspective
  • The global reach of regional media texts and screen cultures
  • Local fandoms and participatory culture in a global context. In particular, regional and remote cult media geographies and pop-culture pilgrimages (eg: Tassie-noir, monster island, gothic-Tasmania texts and audiences)
Eligibility
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Craig Norris for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project supports interdisciplinary research into the potential benefits of the use of creative arts (eg. Music, visual arts, theatre, dance) for health and wellbeing outcomes.  A doctoral candidate is sought to contribute to the implementation and evaluation of programs using one or more art forms for specific cohorts in the Tasmanian community.  

Proposed projects investigating the impact of creative arts for people with dementia or in rehabilitation, or removing barriers to engagement with the arts may be prioritized.  Mixed method research methodologies will be employed to evaluate practical projects, which may include monitoring of physiological markers, data handling and biostatistics.

Eligibility
  • Open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Full-time study only and projects must be undertaken in Tasmania
  • Quality and feasibility of proposal
  • Relevant practical experience applying arts in health
  • Research experience, analytical and excellent communication skills
  • Professional creative practice in music, visual arts, theatre or dance
  • Experience in a health care environment (Police checks and registration to work with vulnerable people will be required prior to commencement of project)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Anne-Marie Forbes for further information.

Closing Date

1st December 2019*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The study of African American gospel music and its foundational role in the development of western contemporary culture is the study of the formation and nurturing of community. The transculturalisaiton of African American Gospel Music into the Tasmanian context has made the Conservatorium of Music/University of Tasmania the international hub for research focused on music and intersecting culture, and the impact of these on community. In its practical application, the research directly impacts the physical community of Hobart and its connections to/perceptions of other world cultures.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant musical achievements and career portfolio through recordings and other creative works
  • Demonstrated professional career in contemporary music performance, including significant recordings, broadcasts, concerts and other performances
  • Masters degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated capacity to present professionally with vocal or soul/gospel-based ensembles at a national level
  • Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply: Music performance and musicology

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Andrew Legg for further information.

Closing Date

10th February 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project supports discipline-based and interdisciplinary research in the creative and performing arts, drawing on aspects of Australian and British music and associated creative cultures. Applicants in musicology, performance and music composition are invited to submit a proposal for a specialized music project drawing on the heritage of Australian and British music and seeking new ways to understand, create, and perform including investigations of historical or contemporary performance practice.  Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed, which may include collaborations with other creative arts, humanities, Antarctic studies, social sciences, health, physical sciences or education.

Eligibility
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis and the project must be undertaken in Hobart
  • Projects must draw on aspects of Australian and/or British music and a brief project proposal with research question, aims, method and intended outcomes is required
  • For performance or creative projects links to relevant audition materials (e.g. samples of live recordings, creative works etc.) must be provided with application
  • Open to Australian (domestic) and international applicants

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Anne-Marie Forbes for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The ascendency of an internet-based economy has left many legacy media institutions financially struggling for many years now and has resulted in the downsizing or closure of numerous media outlets across the world. Regional areas, traditionally served by single media outlets in a non-competitive space, have been hit the hardest by this shifting media political economy. But rather than be left without media representation, regional communities are increasingly being served by new organisations operating via alterative economic models. Often these are grassroots outlets operating either online or as small-scale print publications. However another phenomenon has been the purchasing of regional newspapers by public relations companies that take over the management and operations of the publications.

The whole of Tasmania is regarded as 'regional' in the configuration of Australian media. This project seeks to understand the impact of this political economy transformation on the public service and community representation roles of journalism in Tasmania and examines whether there is a case to lobby state and/or federal governments for more funding for public service media in an effort to safeguard the democratic function of journalism.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Donald Reid for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

With the ascendancy of photo and video-focussed social media apps, dominant platforms are proving to have increasing levels of power to attract visitors to travel destinations. While destination management organisations are often keen to understand strategies for engagement using particular social media and video apps, the bigger issues about the importance of these media visual representations in touristic perceptions of place are little understood.

We welcome PhD proposals that address one or more of these issues:

  1. Tourism development, place-branding, destination-marketing and travel gamification strategies that utilise film and photographic media on social media platforms and video apps; and challenges to how authority, industry and government groups manage perceptions of place using these platforms.
  2. How tourists and locals use social media platforms and video apps to construct, create and represent images of place.
  3. The tourism challenges and opportunities from the use of visual representations of place and their broader connection to cultural narratives about place, landscape and power.

While not necessary, projects that propose to draw comparative lessons between Tasmania and other destinations are welcomed. Theoretically, this project could connect with research in media studies, communications, tourism studies, sociology, visual culture studies, cultural studies and marketing.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Gemma Blackwood for further information.

Closing Date

20th December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

For the past decade there has been a growing awareness of the value of humanities-based approaches in the study of public health. This is manifest in the inclusion of social, cultural and environmental factors in understanding health and wellbeing, and an emphasis on addressing social determinants of health and wellbeing to improve outcomes for individuals and communities.  

According to the Primary Health Network’s Needs Assessment Report (2019-2022), Tasmania continues to fall below the rest of Australia in many key public health indicators. This recognised need, combined with the state’s stable and regional population, makes it an ideal subject for rural and public health analysis. Production of media texts will address particular health needs in Tasmanian communities. Accompanying the production of the text/s will be an exegesis. This will be grounded in public health, community development and media studies theoretical frameworks.

The project will be administered and supervised jointly with the School of Medicine, the Centre for Rural Health and the Media School. The supervisors currently work together to deliver the Medical Aid Films Research Advisory Group.

Research questions:

  • How might the theoretical domains of community development, public health and media studies coalesce in the space of public health improvements in rural and
    regional areas?
  • What is the relationship between media production and health outcomes in rural and regional areas of disadvantage?
Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Donald Reid for further information.

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Higher education institutions around the world are grappling with how to cater for diverse population groups in policy and practice. This project seeks to investigate international approaches to ensuring diverse population groups are successfully represented and embedded in higher education institutional cultures. The project will investigate how governance structures have sought to support diversity among student populations, via desktop analysis. The project will also explore students' experiences of higher education and in particular, how their institutions have supported a culture of (in/ex)clusion. The project will contribute to understandings about potential ways to create higher education institutional cultures that are safe, positive and provide worthwhile experiences for all.

Eligibility
  • A Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class upper standard with a Minimum Research Component OR
  • A Masters of Research Degree with a Minimum Research Component OR
  • A Masters Degree (Coursework) or Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Kim Beasy for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

International studies, such as TIMSS and PISA, now highlight a gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students in learning mathematics. This gap is evident in Australia and in many other countries. Disadvantage may relate to indigenous and remote communities, as well as to physical, social, ethnic, and linguistic factors. Previous research has often focused on disadvantage as a deficiency for the individual. In advertising this project, we are interested in pursuing research that avoids the notion of deficiency and, instead, aims to understand mathematics learning from the perspective of those who differ from the normative construct of mathematics education.
We invite potential applicants interested in researching inclusive mathematics education, both within Australia and internationally, in a way that acknowledges diversity and that seeks to better understand practices that can narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students.  We will consider applicants interested in researching in a range of sectors, from early years contexts, to primary and secondary schools, and to tertiary institutions, and within a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Carol Murphy for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Health literacy is the ability to find, appraise, understand, remember and apply information to promote and maintain good health and wellbeing.

This research project sits within an established/funded HealthLit4Kids research team project. HealthLit4Kids is an education package designed for use in schools to raise awareness of health literacy and prompt discussions about health amongst teachers/children/families/communities. Research shows that health literacy is linked to health outcomes, educational attainment and social equity of individuals. HealthLit4Kids addresses a gap in health literacy development, a model to support its evaluation and scalability is sought. Development and assessment of children's health literacy is another area of interest internationally.
Data have been collected in five Tasmanian schools from participating parents/children/teachers. In consultation with the team the candidate would frame new research questions. There is flexibility in choice and the candidate is invited to consider a research question that interests them most personally. The candidate(s) would be supported by our multidisciplinary team to develop and apply skills in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.

HealthLit4Kids Protocol https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-018-5558-7

We encourage candidates to contact us to discuss project ideas/opportunities.

Key Techniques: Co-Design, Mixed methods, Focus Group, Interviews, Surveys, Qualitative research including thematic analysis, Quantitative analysis (basic statistics).

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Rosie Nash for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Successful students will have the opportunity to work with HDR candidates already enrolled in the UTAS School of Education working on citizenship education themes in contexts as various as Pakistan, Nepal and the Netherlands. The primary supervisor, Dr. Peter Brett, is currently the President of the national Australian professional subject association for Citizenship education (SCEAA). We welcome research proposals that involve a comparative dimension. Specific dimensions of citizenship education that might provide areas of focus include approaches to identity and diversity, conflict resolution, sustainability education or the teaching of political literacy. Prospective candidates are invited to craft Expressions of Interest which clearly identify what they see as gaps in the existing citizenship education literature and preferred methodological approaches to address some specific research questions. At present there is no external funding for the proposed research project but an RTP or TGRS scholarship may be sought and the right candidate will be supported to craft a compelling scholarship application. The supervisory team will be negotiated to best suit candidates' precise areas of focus.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Peter Brett for further information.

Closing Date

6th December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Online learning in higher education is growing at a steady pace across a wide range of courses, including pre-service teacher education. For online mathematics teacher educators, the lack of face to face interactions with students can make it challenging to teach cohorts of students who are often not confident with mathematics and/or have limited mathematical  content knowledge. There continues to be widespread concern about the depth of  mathematical content knowledge as demonstrated by pre-service teachers (PSTs) with research in this area largely focused on how this is monitored and addressed in traditional face-to-face tutorial classes and/or through practicum experiences. What is less common is research about how PSTs' learning in mathematics can be achieved in a fully online environment. This project seeks to investigate the pedagogical and engagement strategies that online mathematics teachers utilise to develop PSTs' mathematical knowledge for teaching.

Eligibility
  • Previous degree with a significant research component

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Education

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Tracey Muir for further information.

Closing Date

6th December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Flipped learning is becoming increasingly popular in secondary schools, particularly in mathematics classrooms. Essentially flipped learning is a pedagogical approach whereby direct instruction is moved from the classroom to the home space, typically involving the use of video resources. Proponents of the approach have noted benefits including increased student engagement and differentiated learning, with research also showing that it influences motivation through developing students' sense of competence, autonomy and relatedness. Students have also expressed satisfaction with the approach, particularly as traditional mathematics homework has been re-conceptualised from a dominant reliance on textbooks. What is less known, however, is whether or not the approach is appropriate for implementing in primary classrooms.

This project would investigate instances where primary school teachers have utilised flipped learning in their mathematics classes, and the impact this has had on students. Furthermore, there is also the potential to conduct design-based research with teachers who are willing to implement and trial the approach.

Eligibility
  • Previous degree with a significant research component

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Education

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Tracey Muir for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

In Australia and internationally there is growing demand for graduates to contribute to STEM subjects. Yet for over a decade, enrolments have been declining (Australian Academy of Science, 2016). To meet demand, school students need to be motivated towards and interested in STEM subjects because such students are more likely to pursue STEM related careers.

One factor contributing to student interest in mathematics is the 'image of mathematics' referring to a mental picture or view towards the subject, often developed through experiences in school, home or through social media (Sam & Ernest, 2000). Understanding students' images raises our awareness of the positive and negative views and beliefs that students' hold and how these relate to their learning. Research suggests that once students have negative and stereotypical images of mathematics or mathematicians their achievement and participation in mathematics declines. Thus, is it important to uncover these images, and challenge them.

In this project, we wish to explore images of mathematics in relation to students' experiences in learning mathematics and those held more widely, including pre- or in-service teachers. We particularly encourage applicants with an interest in analysing students' drawings, but we welcome applications across a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Vesife Hatisaru for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Merging human beings with machines via artificially intelligent brain-computer interfaces is a major scientific achievement of the current decade. It holds the key to countless new therapeutic applications from using thoughts to manoeuvre robotic limbs to controlling psychiatric symptoms. This project aims at exploring, identifying and translating a range of potential postoperative-related vulnerabilities introduced by AI brain-computer interfaces, especially those related to the notion of agency, autonomy, responsibility, estrangement, identity, privacy, and ownership. This project will develop new knowledge around understanding the phenomenology of brain-computer interfaces, but as well harm prevention in the future use of AI applications in medicine, cognitive science and neurology.

Eligibility
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Masters or equivalent in a discipline closely related to Neuroethics, AI Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, Applied Ethics, Medical ethics
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Frederic Gilbert for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Australian Textual Cultures sustains original scholarly critical works in Australian literary and cultural studies that adopt a variety of historical, regional, and transnational theoretical perspectives. As well, Australian Textual Cultures fosters the creation of original works of Australian literature through the mentoring of emerging postgraduate writers.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Robert Clarke for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will explore the impact of punishment regimes on the life expectancy of male convicts who served at Port Arthur penal station. The successful candidate will be expected to trace convicts that served time in Australia’s longest running penal station to death. They will use this information to explore the impact that changing punishment and work regimes had on the life expectancy of former convicts. Of particular interest will be the extent to which a record of repeated flogging and or exposure to sensory deprivation punishments impacted upon the subsequent lives of convicts. The project will form part of a wider study designed to explore the impact of solitary confinement on health and other outcomes for male and female transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the first half of the 19th century.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project will map the extent of prosecutions for violent conduct in convict Australia. The successful candidate will be expected to supplement a large body of existing digitised records in order to explore variations in the rate for which male and female convicts were prosecuted for acts of violence across time and space. It will use this body of information to identify the victims of convict violence in order to explore the extent to which convicts targeted other convicts, free individuals, livestock and the destruction of property. As well as exploring the extent of sexual violence, a central aim of the project will be to determine the rate at which overseers, constables, masters, mistresses and other line managers were the target of convict attacks. The thesis will seek to determine whether prosecutions for violent acts were likely to follow in the wake of other political actions such as petitioning and gang strikes.

The successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a large supportive project team which will include other postgraduate students as well as academics. They will have access to a series of unique resources including comprehensive research databases.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Computer science
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart for further information.

Closing Date

31st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

We live in an era in which species are becoming extinct at a rate never before experienced by humans. This project engages with how cultural texts (such as literature and/or film) grapple with the ethical and political questions raised by extinction in the Anthropocene. Theoretically engaged projects in the areas of extinction studies, animal studies, affect theory, biopolitics, or new materialism are particularly encouraged.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Hannah Stark for further information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

Climate change is projected to have profound effects on the marine and coastal environment, through warming waters, changes to ocean currents, coastal inundation and ocean acidification. Species distributions will change dramatically. For some their range will expand, for others it will contract. The interactions between these new species assemblages is difficult to assess and the impacts even harder to address in the dynamic marine context. A growing body of work has investigated the adequacy of terrestrial conservation policies and laws to address the threats from climate change. By contrast, there is little understanding of how well current approaches to regulating the coastal and marine environment - in Australia or elsewhere - address the imperatives of climate change adaptation.

This project would compare approaches to marine resource conservation law internationally to identify reform priorities for Australian coastal, fisheries, and biodiversity laws.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to these scholarships:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The Research Higher 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:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Funding

The competitive PhD scholarship programme is funded by the University of Tasmania.

Application Process

Applicants requiring more information, or who are interested in this specific project, should firstly contact the Supervisor listed below.

To determine eligibility, applicants should also contact the Research Hub for their proposed area of research and request an Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Further information on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

If a Graduate Research Administration Officer (GRAO) subsequently invites you to complete an application after you have submitted an EOI, please visit the Apply Now website and complete an application via the University of Tasmania's Online Application System. Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a living allowance scholarship.

Self-funded applications are welcome at any time. Information about scholarships, and scholarship round deadlines, may be found on the Scholarships webpage.

More information

Please contact Prof Jan McDonald for more information.

Scholarships

There is a competitive process of scholarship application applicable at UTAS. A typical scholarship provides $27,596 p.a. (2019 rate, indexed annually) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

The Faculty of Law also provides to candidates some operational funds to support the PhD research project. Further information may be found on the Scholarships web page.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

Nature’s aesthetics have been an important driver of environmental law historically, providing a rationale for laws to protect scenic landscapes and charismatic species. But aesthetics have also become seemingly less important to contemporary environmental law, which focuses more on economic rationales, scientific evidence and human rights considerations. This PhD research project will explore the role of aesthetics in environmental law, with the aim to develop new theoretical insights into how aesthetics can play a stronger role in shaping environmental decisions. The project will also involve analysis of existing environmental laws in Australia and / or other countries, to understand the evolving role of aesthetics in environmental decisions. Ecological reconciliation and ecological restoration may also be researched as frameworks for engaging human communities with their natural surroundings in order to better appreciate its aesthetic dimensions. Socially engaged art, such as climate change activist art, is also relevant to this topic in assessing the role of the visual arts in mobilising public support for new environmental policies and laws.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to these scholarships:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The Research Higher 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:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Funding

The competitive PhD scholarship programme is funded by the University of Tasmania.

Application Process

Applicants requiring more information, or who are interested in this specific project, should firstly contact the Supervisor listed below.

To determine eligibility, applicants should also contact the Research Hub for their proposed area of research and request an Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Further information on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

If a Graduate Research Administration Officer (GRAO) subsequently invites you to complete an application after you have submitted an EOI, please visit the Apply Now website and complete an application via the University of Tasmania's Online Application System. Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a living allowance scholarship.

Self-funded applications are welcome at any time. Information about scholarships, and scholarship round deadlines, may be found on the Scholarships webpage.

More information

Please contact Professor Benjamin J Richardson for more information at b.j.richardson@utas.edu.au or +61 3 62266902.

The supervision team for this research will be led by Professor Ben Richardson, with other academics from the University Tasmania as co-supervisors.

Scholarships

There is a competitive process of scholarship application applicable at UTAS. A typical scholarship provides $27,596p.a. (2019 rate, indexed annually) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

The Faculty of Law also provides to candidates some operational funds to support the PhD research project. Further information may be found on the Scholarships web page.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

The legal services industry is dynamic and there are significant changes occurring on an international scale in the way lawyers interact with their clients. This is largely driven by corporate client demand for more efficient and effective legal services, greater participation in dispute resolution, and a breakdown in the elite status of the legal profession. In Tasmania the legal services market is primarily comprised of small to medium sized firms who represent individuals and small to medium sized businesses. This could mean that lawyers tend to be in a powerful position as compared to their clients, and that there has not been as much pressure to alter traditional methods and manners of client engagement as has occurred in large multinational corporate legal environments. This project seeks to identify and analyse the ways that Tasmanian legal practitioners have traditionally interacted with their clients, consider whether that relationship is changing, or whether it must respond to changes in the market, law and society. This will be informed by the contemporary and future needs of the profession, clients and the administration of justice in Tasmania. Ideally the project will obtain the client as well as lawyers’ perspective on the lawyer-client relationship.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to these scholarships:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The Research Higher 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:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Funding

The competitive PhD scholarship programme is funded by the University of Tasmania.

Application Process

Applicants requiring more information, or who are interested in this specific project, should firstly contact the Supervisor listed below.

To determine eligibility, applicants should also contact the Research Hub for their proposed area of research and request an Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Further information on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

If a Graduate Research Administration Officer (GRAO) subsequently invites you to complete an application after you have submitted an EOI, please visit the Apply Now website and complete an application via the University of Tasmania's Online Application System. Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a living allowance scholarship.

Self-funded applications are welcome at any time. Information about scholarships, and scholarship round deadlines, may be found on the Scholarships webpage.

More information

Please contact Dr Olivia Rundle for more information Olivia.Rundle@utas.edu.au

The supervision team for this project will be led by Dr Olivia Rundle. See Olivia's profile regarding her work in relation to the nature of legal services (particularly within the context of dispute resolution).

Closing Date

31st October 2019

The Research Project

The Tasmania Law Reform Institute in the Law Faculty has accepted a reference from the LGBTIQ community to undertake a reference on conversion therapy (also known as ‘reparative’ or ‘ex-gay’ therapy).

The practice has been described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as “unethical, unscientific and ineffective, and may be tantamount to torture”. In March 2018, Fairfax Media revealed that conversion practices remain prevalent in Australia, hidden in clinical settings, faith-based counselling, and online courses.¹ The practice continues to be undertaken surreptitiously in Tasmania, highlighting the need for a legal response.

This project proposes to examine existing laws in Tasmania and elsewhere to determine what legislative measures can be implemented to prevent conversion therapy from being conducted in Tasmania, particularly in relation to minors. In order to understand the prevalence of conversion therapy in Tasmania, the harm caused by the practice, and potential reforms, the project will involve extensive consultation with the medical profession, medical and psychology organisations, faith groups, and the Tasmanian community, with a focus on the LGBTIQ community. Expected outputs include:

Scoping study

The Institute invites a LLM student to conduct a study, under supervision of the Director of the Institute. The study will outline:

  • The extent to which conversion therapy continues to be practised in Tasmania
  • Literature regarding the impact on mental health of conversion therapy
  • Existing legal regulation of the practice of conversion therapy, including the regulation of the provision of purported health and counselling services
  • Analysis of initiatives to prevent or regulate the practice of conversion therapy, including in the USA, Europe, recent reforms in Victoria and calls by the Queensland and ACT Health Ministers for a national approach to ban the practice.²

Thesis

This work can be used as the basis of the community consultation a Final Report for the Government and/or as the basis for an LLM Thesis.

¹ Tomazin, F. 9 March 2018. “I am profoundly unsettled': inside the hidden world of gay conversion therapy”. Sydney Morning Herald https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-am-profoundly-unsettled-inside-the-hidden-world-of-gay-conversiontherapy-20180227-p4z1xn.html
² See, for example, Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia. This report on the Victorian experience will provide important background for the Tasmanian project.

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.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Legal service delivery

Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing and community engagement

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

Elder abuse is currently a topic of considerable concern and in many ways and for many reasons difficult to investigate and tackle. A pilot project is currently being undertaken on a cross-disciplinary basis by Law, Sociology and Health Sciences to investigate existing regulatory and policy frameworks that deal with elder abuse. It is proposed to develop this work into a wide ranging analysis of key agencies' responses to elder abuse, the extent to which they have linked responses and whether and how their responses might be developed to achieve systemised integrated approaches. PhD opportunities in this area include investigations of:

  • Whether and how an integrated response across government and non-government agencies might be developed to tackle elder abuse;
  • Evaluation of models that have been developed outside Australia to tackle elder abuse and whether any of those models might be developed for the Australian environment;
  • Assessment of the current legislative and policy framework across Australia, what are their lacunae and how might they be improved from a practical and practitioner perspective;
  • Whether legislative and policy frameworks developed to tackle other forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people (including family violence) might be developed or usefully extended to tackle elder abuse;
  • Whether policies developed by different agencies to tackle elder abuse are actually implemented;
  • Whether cultures within institutions tasked with caring for elderly people or with responding to elder abuse, undermine or over-ride legislation and policies relating to elder abuse.

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.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

People with complex communication needs (including children, people with cognitive, physical and mental impairments and people with language impairments) face significant barriers in obtaining equal access to justice in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. A number of special measures have been implemented across Australia to enhance these people’s participation in the justice process, including pre-trial recording of their evidence, the use of communication assistants, enabling them to have a support person with them while testifying and transmitting their evidence via CCTV so that they do not need to testify in court. Most of these measures apply only in the criminal jurisdiction at trial. There is a dearth of measures available during civil trials and tribunal proceedings and to assist people in interacting with lawyers and the police. There are many issues that arise in this context that provide opportunities for post-graduate research including:

  • Cross-jurisdictional comparative analysis of the different models implemented in Australia to assist people with complex communication needs in navigating the justice system. There is considerable diversity between the current schemes on offer;
  • Whether and how models adopted in some Scandinavian countries, like the Barnehus, might be implemented in Australia;
  • How an integrated approach to dealing with the problems faced by people with complex communication needs might be developed for Australian jurisdictions;
  • Whether it is necessary to abandon altogether the adversarial approach in enabling people with complex communication needs to participate on a more equal footing in the justice system;
  • Cross-jurisdictional research on the different models operating in Australia and key stakeholder responses to them, including those of judges, lawyers, the police and witness support agencies.

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.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Legal  service delivery
  • Qualitative  research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.

Closing Date

31 October 2019

The Research Project

Therapeutic (problem solving) approaches have been adopted in a number of jurisdictions to tackle particularly intransigent forms of offending and offending that does not appear to be susceptible to traditional responses, including drug related offending, recidivist drink driving, family violence and offending arising from mental and cognitive incapacities.

There are a number of possibilities for PhD research in this arena including:

  • Participation in the establishment of a pilot therapeutic approach to recidivist drink driving and evaluation of the pilot from offender, court and service provider perspectives.
  • Comparative analysis of the operation of therapeutic courts – how legal participants, including judicial officers, interact with offenders; the extent to which they comply with the key requirements of the therapeutic approach to offending.
  • Comparative analysis of the therapeutic approaches in relation to different targeted areas including family violence, drug related offending and/or mental health related offending;
  • Evaluation of the impact on recidivism and re-integration of problem solving approaches in relation to family violence, drug related offending and/or mental health related offending;
  • Investigation of community responses to a therapeutic approach to this type of offending.
  • Attitudes of law enforcement agencies and personnel to therapeutic responses.
  • There are opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary research projects particularly with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, and in particular, in relation to research understandings of therapeutic responses.

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.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Legal service delivery
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly in depth interviewing

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Associate Professor Terese Henning for more information.

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Closing Date

12th December 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This project aims to contribute to the effective communication of forensic science. Within the scope of the project is the communication of forensic science at various stages of the criminal justice process – at major incident scenes, during investigations, and in trials and inquests.

The project builds upon research previously conducted at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), which examined communication with police, lawyers and judges via expert reports and related interactions. Focusing on meeting practitioners’ information needs at different stages of the process, this project extends the existing research in ‘critical forensic studies’ within TILES into the burgeoning domain of ‘forensic intelligence’ and proposes closer examination of innovative and developing communication strategies that aim to prioritise understanding while maintaining scientific accuracy.

The role of forensic science in achieving justice raises important questions about the nuances, ambiguities and tensions inherent in the public understanding of science, the nature of expertise, and the institutional structure of the criminal justice system. The specific research questions and methodology of the project will depend on the disciplinary background, knowledge and skills of the PhD candidate. The research design will be developed with the candidate in collaboration with research advisers and relevant industry stakeholders.

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:

  • Criminology,  Forensic Studies, Law,  Police Studies, Psychology,  Sociology
  • Social research skills (qualitative  and/or quantitative) 
  • Experience working with criminal justice agencies

More Information

Please contact Dr Loene Howes (Loene.Howes@utas.edu.au) or Professor Roberta Julian (Roberta.Julian@utas.edu.au) for more information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Often casually and accidentally, tourists encounter confronting environmental realities during their travels, e.g. deforested areas, lost landscapes due to mining activities, and pollution in industrial areas. The human impact on the environment is found everywhere. Such “ugly” and “confronting” sites faced by tourists are frequently discounted in research and in practice. Most destination management organisations (DMOs) have ignored these places in their midst while paradoxically showcasing their destinations’ sustainable tourism credentials. These confronting sights are not “attractions” even though they attract attention. We welcome PhD proposals that address one or more of these issues: 

  1. Tourism development strategies that address climate change challenges, and how authority, industry and community selectively deal (or not deal) with confronting climate-change sites
  2. How tourists react to confronting sites that point to the Anthropocene
  3. The tourism challenges and opportunities from the distraction of confronting sites, and the consequences of bringing tourism to regional communities 

While not necessary, projects that propose to draw comparative lessons between Tasmania and other destinations are welcomed. Theoretically, this new field will connect with studies in sustainable tourism, dark tourism, mediation of tourist experiences and tourism stakeholder relations.

Eligibility
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Academic capability: Educational qualifications and research experience
  • Research proposal: Focused, well-researched and a feasible research plan
  • Intellectual curiosity: Demonstrated diverse academic interests and an openness to cross-disciplinary thinking
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Can Seng Ooi for further information.

Closing Date

21st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a widespread, global phenomenon that is affecting already heavily depleted wild fish stocks, threatening marine habitats and contributing to marine pollution through discarded fishing gear. The practice has an estimated value of $US15-36 billion per year and can greatly impact state economies. This interdisciplinary project will evaluate the effectiveness of economic and policy tools that governments and international organisations utilise to deter and prevent IUU fishing in national jurisdictions and on the high seas. It will examine issues that exacerbate the IUU fishing problem such as vessels flying flags of convenience, the transshippment of catches, and links to organised transnational criminal activities.

This project has three parts. The first part will critically evaluate global and national governance arrangements to measure their effectiveness in addressing IUU fishing. The second part will analyse the economic ramifications of IUU fishing for governments and regional fisheries management organisations. The third part of the project will build upon the economic and governance analysis by applying it to relevant case studies. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with the multidisciplinary supervisory team in selecting case studies based on their areas of expertise.

Eligibility
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in political science/economics/human geography/natural resource management/social sciences/environmental science
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked according to the quality of their basis for entry research degree and institution, prior peer reviewed publications, academic awards, project-specific skills, training or relevant industry experience, referee’s reports and supervisory support
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Joanna Vince for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Forensic science and technology have developed rapidly in the last decade. New technology and forensic techniques can offer appealing potential in support of investigations and the administration of justice. The implementation of new techniques has at times pre-dated important debates about the social, legal and ethical implications of its use. This project aims to address critical questions about public understanding of, and support for, the roll-out of scientific and technology-based solutions to crime problems. The project may consider a specific discipline or disciplines.

The project builds upon interdisciplinary research in Forensic Studies at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), which has examined topics such as the effectiveness and impacts of forensic science and the communication of scientific findings to non-scientists.

Forensic science plays a key role in achieving justice and with further scientific and technical advances, important questions are raised about the nuances, ambiguities and tensions inherent in the public understanding of science and the nature of expertise. The specific research questions and methodology of the project will depend on the disciplinary background, knowledge and skills of the PhD candidate. The research design will be developed with the candidate in collaboration with research advisers and relevant industry stakeholders.

Eligibility
  • Previous honours (1st class or upper 2nd class) or masters degree with a research component
  • Quality of a sample of writing provided
  • Relevant disciplinary background (e.g., criminology, sociology, law, police studies, psychology)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Loene Howes or Roberta Julian for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Fictional portrayals of forensic science have reportedly contributed to interest in the field amongst aspiring scientists, including a relatively larger proportion of women than in other fields of scientific endeavour. Although forensic science is undertaken in gendered institutions and organisations (e.g., policing and/or laboratories), limited research has examined the influence of gender on the careers and work of forensic scientists. This project aims to document and analyse the role of gender in forensic science policy and practice to address this gap in knowledge.

The project builds upon interdisciplinary research in Forensic Studies at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), which has examined topics such as the effectiveness and impacts of forensic science and the communication of scientific findings to non-scientists.

Forensic science plays an important role in achieving justice. Important questions can be raised about the institutional structure of the criminal justice system and the extent to which gender may be implicated in criminal justice processes and outcomes. The specific research questions and methodology of the project will depend on the disciplinary background, knowledge and skills of the PhD candidate. The research design will be developed with the candidate in collaboration with research advisers and relevant industry stakeholders.

Eligibility
  • Completion of an honours (1st class or upper 2nd class) or Masters degree with a research component
  • Experience in analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Relevant disciplinary background (e.g., criminology, sociology, law, psychology, police studies)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Loene Howes or Roberta Julian for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Forensic science includes various disciplines which have developed within specific socio-historical contexts. Although a great deal of research has examined recent scandals in the use of forensic science, limited research has traced the development of forensic disciplines within Australia. This project aims to document and analyse the place of forensic science in Australia. Within the scope of the project are questions such as: What counts as forensic science? How and why was it first used? In what ways is Australia's history of forensic science similar to and/or different from that of other parts of the world?

The project builds upon interdisciplinary research in Forensic Studies at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), which has focused on contemporary debates in the field.

The role of forensic science in achieving justice raises important questions about the nuances, ambiguities and tensions inherent in the public understanding of science, the nature of expertise, and the institutional structure of the criminal justice system. The specific research questions and methodology of the project will depend on the disciplinary background, knowledge and skills of the PhD candidate. The research design will be developed with the candidate in collaboration with research advisers and relevant industry stakeholders.

Eligibility
  • Completion of an honours (1st class or upper 2nd class) or masters degree with a research component
  • Relevant disciplinary background (e.g., criminology, sociology,police studies, psychology, history)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Loene Howes or Roberta Julian for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

We are looking for a PhD candidate to contribute to an ongoing research program that investigates the social aspects of infant feeding (this includes breastfeeding and other types of infant feeding) in contemporary Australian families. The student will work within a multidisciplinary team of researchers and be based in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania. Their PhD project will involve interviewing  and surveying parents about their experiences of infant feeding and their infant feeding practices. There is scope for the student to direct the focus of their own PhD research while ensuring it fits within the scope of the overall research program.

Eligibility
  • Relevant disciplinary background (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Education, Public Health)

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Emily Hansen for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Twenty-first century social work is about transformative disruptive innovation that supports and generates regenerative sustainable ways of life. The biggest challenge to transformative disruptive innovation is the need to relinquish many of the 'business as usual' practices that are no longer promoting sustainable life in this planet. This project seeks to explore the role of social work in facilitating the relinquishing of unsustainable practices, examining with focus how transformative disruptive innovation assists people to deeply adapt to the changes brought about by climate change.

The student interested in this project will be interviewing social workers involved in transformative disruptive innovative projects, learning from them what works and what facilitates deep adaptation in the community. Candidates interested in this project will be leading knowledge contributions from social work that add to what we are learning is helping humanity transition to new ways of life and new paradigms in how we care for each other and for the planet we live in.

Eligibility
  • An undergraduate degree in Social Work
  • Social Work field experience
  • Knowledge in community development and capacity building

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa or Anthea Vreugdenhil for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Understanding tourist behaviour through the use of technology is rapidly increasing in popularity when compared to traditional methods of data collection such as surveys and observation. This is because of the ability for technology to collate large amounts of data in a highly cost effective manner.  The now ubiquitous use of smartphones means that geotagged social media platforms have facilitated this, along with bespoke design research platforms. In 2016, the University of Tasmania developed the Tourism Tracer technology, which was designed to track tourists with their consent, as they travelled through the state. This technology has been awarded international acclaim and numerous awards, culminating in it being commercialised and being made an official research partner of the United Nations' World Tourism Organisation's Sustainable Tourism division.

The Tourism Tracer team is looking for PhD candidates to join their team. We are seeking candidates who have statistical analysis and/ or GIS skills, who are willing to undertake research that seeks to increase the dispersal of tourists into regional Tasmania and Australia. We welcome PhD proposals that address issues such as:

  • the use of gamified push notifications in enhancing dispersal;
  • segmentation of tourists who do/do not disperse into regional areas;
  • the interaction of tourists with technological research methods whilst on holiday;
  • the potential for technology to mitigate overtourism and enhance sustainable tourism.

Candidates undertaking a PhD in this area will be undertaking research that will yield highly significant benefits to regional townships in Tasmania and Australia who wish to attract tourism income, while preventing overtourism in tourism hotspots.

Eligibility
  • Quantitative analysis and/ or GIS skills; plus
  • A Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class upper standard with a Minimum Research Component; or
  • A Masters of Research Degree with a Minimum Research Component; or
  • A Masters Degree (Coursework) or Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Anne Hardy for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

This project will investigate the policies and politics of utility sector innovation in Australia, in particular seeking to understand how, why and where learning has taken place with regard to the notion of ‘smart grids’. Smart grids involve the widespread use of new digital and ICT capabilities in utility sectors (e.g. electricity, water, transport), such as the implementation of smart (digital) metering, and use of ‘big data’ to manage utility networks.

The PhD will be interdisciplinary, drawing potentially on one or more of a number of theories from across the disciplines of political science, sociology and human geography, including: policy transfer and diffusion, theories of the policy process, socio-technical transitions, and the politics of experimentation.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Heather Lovell for further information.

Closing Date

31st December 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Recent disasters caused by natural hazards or cyber-threats illustrate how disruptions to essential services, such as water, energy, transport, health, banking or telecommunications can result in substantial economic damage and potential loss of lives. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified that the interconnectedness of infrastructure increases its exposure and vulnerability to disasters. This calls for comprehensive public policies to strengthen infrastructure resilience that limit the risk of disruptions of the essential services provided to the community.

Achieving resilient infrastructure is a shared responsibility across governments and the owners and operators of infrastructure. Today there is strong demand for practical policy guidance to enhance infrastructure resilience that ultimately contributes to disaster resilience. But what does resilient infrastructure policy look like in Tasmania?

A comprehensive policy framework is a first step towards enhancing infrastructure resilience and hinges on the implementation of the objectives and requirements put forward in these policies. But how do policy makers ensure that their policies achieve the stated objectives and contribute to enhancing the state's disaster resilience? With the recent release of the Tasmanian Disaster Resilience Strategy 2020-2025 for public consultation, these are important questions that require further investigation.

Eligibility

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

  1. Academic qualifications in the discipline of public policy
  2. Academic or industry experience in disaster resilience initiatives and/or emergency management arrangements

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Steven Curnin for further information.

Closing Date

30th November 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Applications are sought for a highly qualified candidate to undertake research on the Circular Economy and/or Just Transition in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

CE calls for a shift from our current linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economy to one that minimises the impacts of production, consumption and disposal on natural resource use, pollution and waste. CE is now being linked to Just Transition which focuses on the need for it to be implemented in an equitable way so that communities and workers are not disadvantaged. The CE/JT agenda is both necessary and disruptive and its implementation challenges existing public and private governance arrangements at all levels.

The supervisory team is specifically interested in theories of politics, policy and governance that address the disruptive requirements of CE/JT as well as practical investigations into the meaning of CE/JT for governments, business and civil society actors.  Project proposals could focus on examining the way the circular economy/JT concept is being conceptualised and implemented in an industry sector (food, transportation, energy, agriculture); on the adequacy of partnerships in the pursuit of ‘policy integration’ and ‘policy coherence’; or on the theory and practice of democratic politics in the Anthropocene.

This project continues work already underway by the supervisory team in sustainability theory and practice focused on the CE/JT in a place-based context (i.e. Tasmania).

Candidates should have a background in politics, public policy, political economy, sociology, management, environment or a related field. Previous experience or interest in the circular economy and/or just transition is desirable.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Fred Gale for further information.

Closing Date

30th November 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Applications are sought for a highly qualified candidate to undertake research on the private governance of sustainable food systems. A sustainable food system is one that moves from a linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economy model focused on the exclusive realisation of exchange value to a just and circular economy model that balances the earning of exchange value with the realisation of other important use, labour and function values.

Many aspects of the conventional food systems model are unsustainable and include its impacts on biodiversity loss, unhealthy soils, water usage, carbon emissions (direct and via long supply chains), single-use plastics, pest control, weed control, labour wages and health, and levels of food loss and food waste.

We are specifically interested in how private governance arrangements such as certification, labelling, standards and verification, developed and undertaken by private for-profit and non-for-profit actors, could contribute to the development of sustainable food systems a sustainable food system. Project proposals could focus on examining one of the existing schemes in the food sector or on examining options for new schemes to address new issues. This project continues work already underway by the supervisors in organic and biodynamic certification in the wine industry. There are also possibilities for extending that research to other food sectors.

Candidates should have a background in politics, public policy, sociology or a related field and an interest sustainability and food systems. Previous experience or interest in biodynamic and organic production is desirable but not essential.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Fred Gale for further information.