Sustainable Food Systems

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

There is significant and growing interest in transitioning our current high-input, high-output food system that delivers massive quantities of low-cost food at a significant cost to the environment and peoples’ health to one that is much more sustainable. This has spawned a huge number of alternative food movements including in Slow Food, Organics, Permaculture, Local Food, Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Community Supported Agriculture, Veganism, Vegetarianism, Free Range, Food Hubs and Farmers’ Markets. Tasmania, already noted for its world-class food, is an idea place to study these issues—especially as the state engages in its own processes of transition.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Fred Gale


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:

  • We seek candidates with a background in the social sciences who are interested in researching alternative food systems employing an interdisciplinary perspective. Project proposals that investigate food systems transitions towards ones that economically, socially, environmentally, and culturally appropriate are welcome. Proposals should employ a qualitative research methodology and focus on some aspect of alternative food systems employing a policy, politics, political economy or education for sustainability lens

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, Prof Fred Gale, 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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