Creating walkable city centres

Creating the conditions for a thriving and walkable city centre in Hobart, Tasmania

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, broadly building on an ARC Linkage Grant.

There are five sets of questions:

  1. How are individual residents’ walking habits/geographies changed by the transformation? How can those changes be measured, understood, shared, and learned from?
  2. What collective impacts have the University’s transformations on residents’ walkability in Hobart CBD? How can those changes be measured, understood, shared, and learned from?
  3. How are changes to walkability registered by other stakeholders such as visitors, retailers, or governments?
  4. How can the benefits of the transformation on walkability be optimised and negative consequences be reduced?
  5. What can be learned about walkability from other places and what can this case contribute to geographies of mobility 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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