Regional Recovery, Wellbeing and the Good Life

A project to develop innovative place-based approaches to assessing and describing wellbeing of regional communities

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The Institute for Social Change is developing an innovative place-based initiative that will help communities and their decisionmakers understand ‘What makes a good life’.  As a successful candidate, you will:

  • Co-design a research project that helps develop innovative place-based approaches to assessing and describing wellbeing of regional communities, using Tasmania and its regions for case study opportunities
  • Develop skills in research translation by combining available social, economic, cultural and environmental data with local opinions and narratives to support community and government decision-making
  • Explore existing and emerging methods for measuring wellbeing, cultural value and the impact of social and environmental change
  • Work as a part of a team of senior and early career cross-disciplinary researchers
  • Publish in quality refereed journals, and contributing to government, industry and community accessible reports
  • Participate in public commentary and events related to your research focus – for example, creative and cultural industries, public health, tourism, sustainability.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Libby Lester


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.

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 Libby Lester 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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