How do campus transformation projects affect the environment?

Built, digital, and natural environmental change on the island state: What is transformational about the University of Tasmania’s campus transformation programs?

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The research project

This project will investigate what is transformational about the University of Tasmania’s campus transformation program across Tasmania, a region under Australia’s Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classification. The research will explore the campus transformations as they affect the build, digital, and natural environments and provide insights into change over time and across sites and regions.


The University of Tasmania’s northern and southern transformation programs will result in significant changes to the organisation’s strategic and operational activities and to Burnie, Launceston, Hobart, and their greater regions—the Cradle Coast, the Tamar catchment and northern councils, and the Derwent catchment and southern councils. These transformation programs will materially affect the built, digital, and natural environments in which Tasmanians live and work.

For the northern transformation, “new campuses will become central to the life of each city and region—vibrant places where the community, business and industry, and the University can connect and collaborate” ( For the southern transformation, what is intended is a “university of and for the city” (

These are exciting and positive visions, so what do they mean in practice? What can we learn from such large scale transitions to better comprehend the range of adjustments underway across built, digital, and natural environments?

A doctoral project or a suite of projects in a program of transformation research

How and what do the northern and southern transformations actually transform, with what effects for small cities, rural settlements, and regional futures? Do these transformations change how we relate to buildings, sites, settlements, and communities, economies, sense of wellbeing, sense of place and capacity for environmental resilience?

These questions invite several theoretical and methodological frameworks and several empirical approaches and methods of investigation. Thus, there are opportunities to consider any or all of the campuses and regions, which could involve either single or comparative case studies. Eligible candidates can choose their focus after speaking with the primary supervisor.

The supervisory team can comprise academics from three different Schools. Together, supervisors have expertise on how: (a) architecture, design, and place influence people’s occupancy patterns; (b) individuals come together in buildings, sites (such as campuses), and settlements; (c) collocation builds community and place attachment and can foster societal, economic, and environmental benefits; (d) buildings and cities are understood and mediated by objects, communications, and technologies, including persuasive technologies, that lead to profound kinds of socio-technical change.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Elaine Stratford


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:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Human geography
  • Surveying
  • Information communications technology

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:

  • We are especially seeking people with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.
  • People with a background in qualitative research are encouraged to apply.

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, 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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