Wellbeing and the Good Life

A project to develop and assess the effectiveness of individual-level initiatives to improve wellbeing

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Wellbeing is a complex, multidimensional construct that is affected by an array of individual and structural factors. There is, however, an emerging literature that suggests that there are practices that individuals can engage in to enhance their sense of wellbeing. After systematically analysing this and related literatures, this PhD project will explore how these practices can be applied in the Tasmanian context and whether, how and for how long engaging in these practices increases individual-level wellbeing.
The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers across the College of Business and Economics and College of Arts, Law and Education.  The successful candidate will:

  • Co-design a research project that helps develop innovative place-based approaches to assessing and describing wellbeing
  • Develop skills in research translation by combining 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
  • Work as a part of a team of senior and early career cross-disciplinary researchers
  • Publish in quality refereed journals, and contribute to government, industry and community accessible reports
  • Participate in public commentary and events related to your research focus

The project will contribute to the knowledge of wellbeing by examining the various mechanisms through which individual behaviour does (and does not) increase individuals’ sense of wellbeing. Accordingly, the findings will have implications for policy and practice.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Ananta Neelim


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 essential eligibility criteria specific to 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.

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 Ananta Neelim 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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