Early Years Living Lab Research

Climate change education and climate change justice in early years' education

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Projects will contribute to the Early Years Living Lab under the research theme of climate change education. The projects will align with the Lab's emphasis on innovative research design to provide new knowledge around early years' climate change education. The Lab 's conceptual framework will be shaped by the environmental humanities, including more-than-human and postqualitative approaches to educational research. Projects contribute to the Lab's objectives of:

  1. building capacity for early years' climate change education through the development of an innovative framework and key principles;
  2. the development of climate change leadership through the establishment of a collaborative network across Tasmania;
  3. producing innovative high quality research that is impactful in Tasmania and has global relevance.

Options for projects include:

  • the development of a conceptual research-informed model for climate change education in early years. The model can then be 'tested' in a pilot study. This aligns with objective 1.
  • the  development of an innovative research-based network approach to building professional capacity for Early Years in Tasmania, with an embedded evaluation method. This aligns with objective 2.
  • developing a 'curious practice' methodology informed research project for place-based and planetary early years education. There is scope to design an Aboriginal, interdisciplinary or a postcolonial project that fits the overarching aims of the Lab. This option aligns with objective 3.

Each project will be supported by the Lab. HDR students will be an integral part of the Lab collective.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Iris Duhn


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:

  • Early childhood expertise required

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Some experience in qualitative research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Environmental education or activism background would be highly desirable

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 Iris Duhn 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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