Activating a city campus ground plane

Activating the University of Tasmania’s ground plane in Hobart’s central business district: plan, execute, effect?

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This project complements a PhD advertised in July 2021 and an honours project. It will consolidate a research program on University campus transformations and build on the lead supervisor’s experience as a member of the University’s Built Environment and Infrastructure Committee (2016–2020), Southern Transformation Expert Reference Group, and campus activation teams. There are five sets of questions:

  1. How has the University planned and executed initial campus activation programs in Hobart CBC? How can those programs be measured, understood, shared, and learned from?
  2. What collective impacts have the activation programs had on residents’ engagements with the University in Hobart CBD? How can those changes be measured, understood, shared, and learned from?
  3. How do campus activation programs affect other stakeholders such as visitors, retailers, or governments?
  4. How can the benefits of campus activation be optimised and negative consequences be reduced?
  5. What can be learned about campus activation programs from other places and what can this case contribute to geographies of engagement in higher education more generally?

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Elaine Stratford


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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • IELTS 7

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:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in one of the following areas: human geography, planning, urban design, urban sociology, and who have a fundamental understanding of qualitative 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 Elaine Stratford, 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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