Liveability in Tasmania from multiple perspectives

Liveability in Tasmania from multiple perspectives: fostering health, wellbeing, equity, diversity and inclusion through built environment design

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This research project explores liveability in Tasmania from a public health perspective through examining the relationship between the design of the built environment and social determinants of health in regional and rural communities. The project will employ a qualitative case study approach targeting key priority areas including:

  • Urban planning legislation and design guidelines relating to public open space, public transport, walkability, social infrastructure, and/or food and alcohol environment.
  • The needs and experiences of target disadvantaged population groups including older adults, people on low incomes, Tasmanian Aboriginal people, migrants, and/or people living with a disability or chronic health condition such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and/or mental illness.
  • The challenges of regional and rural communities including distributed settlement patterns, concentrated disadvantage, and poor levels of service provision.
  • Future resilience in relation to climate change and/or the COVID 19 pandemic.

Explorations may employ a range of qualitative research methods. Of particular interest are projects that integrate visual-based, creative and participatory design approaches.

The project will be supervised across the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Geography & Planning and Health. Both the Department of Health and relevant Local Government Authorities are key stakeholders in the research and will be engaged to ensure that research is informed by and informs contemporary and future policy and practice.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Ceridwen Owen


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.

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 essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Background in subject areas relevant to the project (e.g., architecture and design, planning, human geography, health)
  • Qualitative research skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience working with disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.
  • Prior research experience including qualitative research skills and/or creative and participatory research methods

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 Ceridwen Owen, 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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