Geographical imaginaries of sustainability

Geographical imaginaries of sustainability in Tasmania: Place, scale and justice

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This research project investigates how geographical imaginaries inform the visions, strategies, and practices of sustainability in Tasmania. For example, following the Brundtland Report of 1987, discourses of sustainability have drawn upon and reconfigured the relations between geographical scales – including the local, regional, national, and global – in definitions and practices of sustainability. Through qualitative and case study methodologies, this research interrogates these geographical imaginaries of sustainability through diverse knowledges relevant to Tasmania, including settler-colonial Tasmania, First Nations and Southern perspectives, and international frameworks such as the United Nations. By juxtaposing different geographical imaginaries of sustainability this project seeks to develop, regenerate, and decolonise sustainability for greater socio-ecological justice and wellbeing in the island-state.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Andrew Harwood


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 a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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:

  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Background in subject areas relevant to the project (e.g., human geography, sustainability, Indigenous studies, science studies)
  • Qualitative research skills
  • Evidence of an ability to understand, apply and critique theory

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 Andrew Harwood, 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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