Visions of house and home

Visions of house and home: A comparative case-study analysis of user-perceptions of housing in Tasmania and beyond

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This project studies user perceptions and experiences of house and home. It aims to contribute to knowledge for and from Tasmania on issues involving the social sustainability of housing, including such key concerns as precariousness housing, homelessness, workers’ housing, temporary and informal dwelling, substandard housing stock, and opportunistic re-use of housing.

Proposals should take a comparative case study approach, identifying a Tasmanian place and its architecture as one example with another comparable place from elsewhere in the world. The aim is to situate issues affecting Tasmania and its architecture within both local and global contexts. Knowledge gained from this project, therefore, will assist in addressing issues impacting housing both in Tasmania and elsewhere in the world.

Your PhD work will be part of a larger project led by the supervisory team studying practices of architecture, media, heritage, and place. You will be supported to authoring a chapter or section of a book and will contribute to an established publication stream on these topics. We are specifically interested in understanding how image-making practices and the circulation of images of architecture contribute to user perceptions, experiences, and practices of housing. As such, the role of media should form an integral component of the proposal. For example, using image-making practices as a methodology; studying circulation of images of architecture in the media; studying how users of social-networking sites use images of housing; content or thematic analysis of images of house and home; or similar.

Interested applicants should develop a short proposal detailing a pair of case studies. Case studies should be selected to situate Tasmanian sites in relation to a comparable place elsewhere in the world - contextual knowledge and access to places outside of Tasmania may provide advantageous.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Georgia Lindsay


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 essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and visual communication
  • Background in a relevant domain

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • We encourage proposals that take a qualitative and/or mixed methods approach, especially those innovative methodologies that foreground ‘designerly ways of knowing’ (for example through participatory image-making practices, auto-ethnography, image elicitation, participatory action research, co-design, and design ethnography)

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, Dr Georgia Lindsay, 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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