Governing Green Hydrogen

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Governments and industry are beginning to invest in hydrogen energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement targets and to meet demands for a just transition to the circular economy. A variety of public and private governance initiatives are under development to generate trust among supply chain actors that the hydrogen being purchased meets specifications. Such schemes are distinguishing carbon intensive ‘grey’ hydrogen from ‘blue’ hydrogen coupled with carbon capture and storage and ‘green’ hydrogen produced from renewables (solar, wind, hydroelectricity).

Working with a team of certification experts, the HDR student will undertake research on public and private hydrogen governance. The precise project will be negotiated with the student, but a significant component of the research will be focused on the region of Tasmania. Topics could include, for example, an examination of the pros and cons of blue hydrogen as a transition strategy to green hydrogen, or a theoretical project on energy transitions using green hydrogen in Tasmania as an illustrative case.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory


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:

  • The ideal candidate will be a Sociology, Human Geography or Politics or Public Policy graduate with a knowledge of sustainable energy systems and a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary studies across the energy-society interface

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, Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory, 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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