Fire risk, resilience & treatment options

Fire risk, resilience, and treatment options in regional Tasmanian communities

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The Tasmanian population is at a high risk of impact from bushfire impact due to the highly flammable vegetation, changing climate, and dispersed population, with many suburbs and towns closely integrated into the natural environment. Fuel management and treatments, including prescribed burning, are carried out in order to reduce the risk and impact of fire on people and assets, but uncertainties remain about the effectiveness of these interventions and their acceptability to the public.

This project will extend a previous bushfire mitigation project focused on the Hobart City Council to a set of regional Tasmanian communities at high risk of bushfire impact that are subject to prescribed burning operations and investigate:

  1. Spatial patterns of bushfire risk as related to vegetation, topography and community infrastructure,
  2. Community perceptions of bushfire risk and fire mitigation measures, and
  3. Measurement and analysis of smoke impact from prescribed fires.

This is an interdisciplinary project working with an active and innovative research team, that will combine fire ecology, social science, and spatial analysis.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Grant Williamson


The scholarship supporting this project 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 fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia 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 PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Environmental Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Fire Ecology

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Candidate should possess a strong background in geographic information systems, including spatial statistics.
  • A background and strong interest in fire ecology would be beneficial.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Grant Williamson, 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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