Regenerative Systems Design

Regenerative Systems Design: Leveraging change in Tasmanian industries through speculative and participatory design

Degree type


Closing date

6 March 2023


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This research project explores how an interdisciplinary, systems-thinking approach can inform regenerative design solutions across a range of industries in Tasmania. The project emphasises speculative design and participatory design methodologies to envision desired future states and identify leverage points to implementing change. Integral to the research inquiry are propositions that go beyond sustainability and seek systems based regenerative outcomes.

Potential partnerships exist across a range of locally relevant industries and may include / but are not limited to:

  • Health
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing

A range of qualitative, creative and participatory methods may be employed to arrive at scenarios and design intervention prototypes that target translational research outcomes.

Supervision, while based in with Architecture and Design, will be interdisciplinary, with co-supervision and other stakeholder partnerships identified based on project proposals.

Interested applicants should identify a proposed topic of inquiry and industry-focus including an outline of personal interest/experience and the need for system transformation within a regenerative design framework.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Ceridwen Owen


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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • 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:

  • Background in design-related discipline (e.g. architecture, interior, landscape, product, industrial, communication, UX, digital design etc)
  • Good visual and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for rigorous intellectual inquiry and critical thinking

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Existing industry-connections and/or prior experience working in area of proposed project focus
  • Multi-disciplinary background relevant to the proposed topic of inquiry
  • Prior research experience including qualitative research skills and/or creative and participatory research methods

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, A/Prof Ceridwen Owen to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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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