Diverse Tasmanian Built Environments

Designing built environments for Tasmania's culturally diverse future

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This project foregrounds diversity and inclusion the design of Tasmania's future built environments and places in the specific context of an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. Drawing from recent history and present demographic developments, the project investigates how the state's future built environments can support the increasing cultural diversity of Tasmania's population and create welcoming, safe and dynamic environments for all. This research involves synthesising insights from architecture, design and urbanism to enable a fuller understanding of how urban development and renewal can productively relate to migration, multiculturalism and demographic change. Analysing recent developments in the cities of Launceston, Devonport and Hobart within urban, regional and global contexts, the project will critically examine key aspects including:
*The needs and experiences of growing communities of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Tasmanian cities.
*Architectural, design and urbanism in relation to spatial usage, infrastructure, cultural, social, physical safety, and other relevant aspects of Tasmania's built environments.
*Holistically relating these cultural developments to the future ecological and social sustainability of Tasmanian built environments.
*Relating aspects of diverse diasporic cultures to concepts of place within the Tasmanian context and how this can inform future design for all.

Explorations may employ a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, from discourse analysis to design-research, with the potential of integrating text-based, visual-based, creative, collaborative and participatory approaches. Of particular interest will be explorations into robust, accessible, internationally-relevant and evidence-based design processes and principles, useful for evaluating cultural developments in architecture and built environments within broader contexts.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof David Beynon


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Background in subject areas relevant to the project (architecture and design)
  • Qualitative research skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience of working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Prior research experience including qualitative research skills and/or creative and participatory research methods

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof David Beynon to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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