Building resilient tourism regions through technology

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

COVID-19 has had profound impacts upon the tourism industry. While some regions are suffering, others are flourishing as tourists disperse in different ways and react to COVID-19 lockdowns, border closures and outbreaks. As a result, debate has emerged over what a sustainable tourism future should look like, as well as where and how tourists should travel through Tasmania. Technology offers a means to mitigate these debates.  When used ethically it can assist in understanding where and how tourist travel, it can enhance experiences in destinations, and it can encourage behaviour change. Ultimately it has the ability to build more resilient tourism regions. This project seeks to build upon the highly successful Tourism Tracer project and use technology as a means through which the visitor experience can be augmented, regional dispersal can be monitored, and behaviour change can be encouraged to enhance more sustainable outcomes in regional Tasmania. We are seeking students with a passion for tourism who can assess, design, evaluate or augment the Tourism Tracer technology, which is a sensor based technology that includes use location based tracking, surveys and real time data visualisations.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Anne Hardy


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:

  • Tourism,
  • Geography
  • Spatial Sciences (GIS)

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, A/Prof Anne Hardy, 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.

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