Tasmania Food Supply Network and Security

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The Tasmanian Government has developed a food security strategy to ensure affordable, healthy food for Tasmanians . The Tasmania population (0.515 million people) is less than 10% of the Singaporean population (5.61 million people). Yet, its land area (68,401 km2) is about 95 times that of Singapore (721.5 km2). While the availability of land and natural resources is a great advantage for Tasmania, low population density goes against it especially in terms of the supply and distribution costs, as well as social and economic connectivity. This affects the efficacy of the State's food security strategy. 

Study objective and research questions:

The project's main objective is to study the role, operations and performance of the Tasmanian food supply network to ensure food security for Tasmanians. The study aims to answer the following research questions (RQ):

  • RQ1: How can food supply network in Tasmania be mapped?
  • RQ2: What are the roles of the stakeholders in the food security in Tasmania?
  • RQ3: How well is the food supply network connected in Tasmania?
  • RQ4: How can the food supply network in Tasmania be evaluated?

Research method:

The project aims to conduct network analysis of the food supply network in Tasmania to improve the efficiency and resilience of food security for the population, especially vulnerable people and families of with social and economic conditions in Tasmania. The study will involve the following:

  • Food supply network mapping for Tasmania
  • Calculation of network measures including density, degree distribution, degree centrality, betweenness centrality, closeness centrality, eigenvector centrality, cluster coefficient, assortativity
  • Network analysis using the exponential/random network models to evaluate the effect of various factor on network formation and connectivity
  • Stakeholder survey to study the issues and obstacles facing the food supply chain network and food security in Tasmania

How is this study expected to support food security for vulnerable Tasmanians?

RQ1 seeks to develop and gain an understanding of the structure of the food supply network in Tasmania. Based on this, RQ2 and RQ3 seek further insights into the role of and relationship between stakeholders in the food supply network respectively. RQ4 aims to gain a better understanding of the issues and improve the efficiency of the food supply network in Tasmania.

  • Students are expected to be familiar with statistical/econometric analysis software such as SPSS, EViews, RATS, and R
  • Work experience in business management, international organisations, the government or logistics sector is desirable
  • Applicants must have research experience through in their previous study programs and background in logistics and supply chain management, and, or economics with at least basic knowledge in statistical/econometric analysis.

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Oanh Nguyen for further information.