Histories of Food, Drink, Regional and Remote Communities

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This is a history of food and drink project with a regional and remote communities focus. In your thesis you may focus on a specific geographical exemplar, on connections between points, or on a specific issue/product. Through production and importation of food stuffs, regional communities have long histories of trade networks that span local, national and global circulations. Comestibles, what we eat and drink, shapes environment, economy, identity, and well-being of those who produce, process, transport, promote, consume, and clean up after. Comestibles take us into the fields, kitchens, factories, homes, and eateries of the past, connecting food to forces of historical change. Understanding Tasmania as a node in global networks, comestibles let us eschew a centre-and-periphery-model, to showcase regional connectivity, an approach relevant to regional food thinking. It allows us to ask us: remote from where? The study of food and drink makes significant contributions to economic, cultural and social histories. In putting comestibles at the heart of histories of communities and networks, we can use this vital history and its lessons to inform current and future policy. As we grapple with the challenges of food security, try to eat well and responsibly, lessons from the past can inspire.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Nicole Tarulevicz


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, A/Prof Nicole Tarulevicz, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
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    • 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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