Communicating Bioregional Change

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Tasmania (lutruwita) contains vast climatic and ecological diversity across its nine bioregions, which are large, distinct geographies with common characteristics such as geology, climate, plant and animal communities, and other ecological features. While journalism, media and communication have long mobilised people to identify with geopolitical boundaries, little is understood of how bioregional perspectives, such as a sense of belonging to a local geography, informs notions of identity and belonging. With the increasing awareness of ecological concerns, such as local issues around access to water and the global challenges of climate change, the role of geography in the formation of identity and politically engaged publics is more relevant than ever. Communicating Bioregional Change explores the role of journalism, media and communication in building awareness of, and identification with, bioregions and the intersecting social, ecological and economic changes that define them.

This project harnesses the multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Tasmania, working in partnership with geographers and others, to build an evidence base for best practice journalism and science communication regarding bioregional change and climate change adaptation.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Claire Konkes


The scholarship supporting this project provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Media and Communication
  • Geography

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Background in subject areas relevant to the project (e.g. media and communication, journalism, geography, science studies)
  • Qualitative research skills
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Claire Konkes, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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