Evaluating a research-policy partnership

Evaluating a translational public health research program: Impacts of a collaborative research-policy partnership

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The Tasmanian Public Health Research and Action Coalition (Tas-PHRAC) consists of around 25 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from the University of Tasmania (Menzies Institute for Medical Research) and the Tasmanian Department of Health, Public Health Services (PHS). Tas-PHRAC is funded by PHS to build new evidence across four collaboratively identified priority local public health issues: nutrition, physical activity, smoking, and air quality. Researchers and policymakers work together to identify priorities and come together frequently to support interpretation and dissemination of findings.

The aim of this PhD project is to evaluate the impact of this collaborative research-policy partnership. It will use a range of methodologies, including case studies, interviews, surveys, and documentation reviews (e.g., meeting minutes, policies, funding submissions) to better understand the factors that contribute to or hinder successful collaboration, support translation of findings into policy and practice, and maximise research impact. The findings will provide insights and key learnings into barriers and enablers to successful research-policy partnerships and will generate recommendations to enhance future collaborative efforts in public health.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Verity Cleland


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
  • 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.

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.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in public health, health promotion, and/or evaluation

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 Verity Cleland, 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 contact details of two 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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