Regional Recovery, Wellbeing and the Good Life

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The Institute for Social Change is developing an innovative place-based index that will help communities and their decisionmakers understand ‘What makes a good life’.  As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Co-design a research project that helps develop innovative place-based approaches to assessing and describing wellbeing of regional communities, using Tasmania and its regions for case study opportunities
  • Develop skills in research translation by combining available social, economic, cultural and environmental data with local opinions and narratives to support community and government decision-making
  • Explore existing and emerging methods for measuring wellbeing, cultural value and the impact of social and environmental change
  • Work as a part of a team of senior and early career cross-disciplinary researchers
  • Publish in quality refereed journals, and contributing to government, industry and community accessible reports
  • Participate in public commentary and events related to your research focus – for example, creative and cultural industries, public health, tourism, sustainability.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Libby Lester


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.

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.

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, Prof Libby Lester, 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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