Media representation and wellbeing

Examining the relationship between media representation and wellbeing

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Media representation of individuals and groups is understood by many to be empowering, and critical to building broader understanding of identities and practices that don't occupy space in mainstream cultural and creative texts. While much of the conversation about representation has typically involved audits of legacy media (in particular television), many argue that although social and participatory media seemed to promise more egalitarian access to representation, it reinforces existing power dynamics.

This project explores specifically the relationship between media representation and wellbeing. This can include the positive and negative aspects of media representation as understood by individuals/communities or audiences more broadly. What are the emergent types of representation? What are the impacts of representation? How is representation communicated?

We encourage applicants who wish to consider representation and its role in the current and emergent media landscapes. We encourage applicants who are interested in pursuing a particular case study of representation including but not limited to race, disability, class, ageing, sexuality, gender, and regional/rural identities.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Kathleen Williams


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.

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, Dr Kathleen Williams 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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