Philosophical research in the Anthropocene

Philosophical investigations in the Anthropocene

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The paradigmatic philosopher of the Enlightenment, Immanuel Kant, supposed that the business of Philosophy was to provide answers to three key questions: What can we know? How ought we live? What can we hope for? These three questions take on new and urgent specificity in light of the fact that, through Enlightenment science and technology, human beings have assumed the role of a climatic force.

The Philosophy program invites applications for thesis projects centred on research problems that reconsider these traditional questions in the Anthropocene. These include (but are not limited to) research questions in social epistemology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of science, alternatives to traditional forms of logic, as well as questions in moral and political philosophy relating to the just allocation of burdens and benefits and the nature of individual and collective hope.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Graham Wood


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, 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; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian 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 Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • social epistemology
  • feminist philosophy
  • philosophy of science
  • alternatives to traditional forms of logic
  • moral and political philosophy.

Selection Criteria

The project 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 the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Graham Wood, 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 long 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.

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