Sustainable future of Australian ports

Sustainable future of Australian ports and their regions through circular economy

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Ports are a location with economic, logistics and industrial activities that have significant impacts on environmental sustainability in their regions.  As a critical node in global supply chains, ports play an important roles in contributing to green supply chains. Circular economy is one of the important actions in green supply chain management and ports have been considered as an ideal places to transit toward the circular economy. Particularly, the initiative decarbonisation of maritime transport by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in response to climate change threats has further pushed ports’ involvement in circularity for the next 50 years.

The circular economy in the port context is not only to adopt methods to maximise the efficient use of resources by recycling and minimising emissions and waste but also to consider energy policy in particular renewable energy. Circular economy generates multiple benefits from economic, resource, social and environmental aspects. It provides opportunities to grow economy and shape ports for the next few decades.

This research aims to investigate how Australian ports transit towards to circular economy to pursue a sustainable future. It will identify exiting port life cycle and circular activities of Australian ports and their performance of circularity. This research will establish a performance framework with indictors for monitoring the development of circular ports and recommend strategies for ports to secure a sustainable future through circular economy that also benefit regional and national economy.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Shu-Ling (Peggy) Chen


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:

  • Evidence of high level written and communication skills expected for PhD level study

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • An understanding of maritime transport and supply chain management

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 Shu-Ling (Peggy) Chen, 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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