Connecting human wellbeing and healthy environments

Closing Date

31st August 2019

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

The Research Theme
  • Better Health
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
The Research Project

Supervised by Dave, Pauline Marsh, Emily Flies and others, this project will explore the interrelationships between nature and human subjective wellbeing in cities and towns in Tasmania, to understand how the lived experience of biodiverse nature intersects with wellbeing and related health and social outcomes. The project aims to develop a better understanding of environmental health outcomes in regional cities for different peoples (e.g. diverse values, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomics, health profiles), the role of different landscape and biodiversity features in shaping those outcomes, and to make recommendations for health policy, urban planning and regional development that positively improve health and biodiversity outcomes. The methods applied to explore these questions could include combinations of qualitative and quantitative social research methods, spatial analysis and biophysical field data collection.

Research questions:

  1. How do nature interactions vary for different people? (e.g. by cultural background, socioeconomics, values, health status, or city size)
  2. What are the effects of these interactions on, e.g. levels of subjective wellbeing, affective/emotional states, cognitive factors (beliefs, attitudes), physical activity?
  3. What particular features of the environment influence the outcomes of these interactions for different people? E.g. presence of trees, diverse native vegetation, public-open space amenities, horticultural practices.
Eligibility
  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

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

Assessment Criteria
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research skills
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, Dave Kendal for further information.