Local food movements

Local food movements: The evolution and emergence of alternative agrarian communities

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Throughout Australia, as in many parts of the world, regions are home to communities promoting ecologically friendly and socially just ways of producing and providing food as the means to achieving buen vivar, or good living.  In these communities – some established, others emergent - people imagine options and alternatives ranging from the revitalisation of family farms to grassroots communities organising to protect rural people, rural work, and rural landscapes.

This project aims to understand the discourses, symbols, and other means of communication that foster the development and maintenance of a common identity between members of these communities. We encourage applicants to consider how an alternative agrarian rhetoric fosters rural sustainability and links local challenges to broader social change movements, and how urban and suburban allies take part by making critical consumer choices and supporting public policies and organisations that foster sustainable rural development.

Depending on the locality and interest of the applicant, the research may focus on one case study or involve trans-local comparison with national and international regions.

Primary Supervisor

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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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are encouraged from persons with a background in Communications or related disciplines, or with a professional experience in fields aligned with the objectives of this project

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.

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, Prof Alana Mann 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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