Using localised smart sensing for eHealth solutions in post-COVID work environments

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

PhD project proposals are being appraised by the UTAS Active Work Lab cross-disciplinary research team for consideration to expand our investigation into the effectiveness of eHealth strategies for educating the public about health behaviour change. The lab is dedicated to developing and using eHealth strategies to address unhealthy work behaviours, such as prolonged sitting. Recently, COVID-19 has changed the office work environment. Many employees now and will, for the foreseeable future, work remotely. To date, it appears that remote working environments adversely affect a range of health indices. The COVID-19 health crisis has created a need for innovative, sustainable, modifiable, eHealth solutions to address the physical inactivity pandemic that persists in the 21st century.

Thus, our ongoing work will encompass PhD project proposals which use persuasive technology strategies to improve employee adherence to and compliance with healthy behaviour initiatives. A multi-disciplinary lens, utilising experts from the fields of educational psychology, digital programming, and workplace health will be available to help promising applicants personalise a project that identifies relevant variables for investigation. During this project, a localised smart sensing system will be developed, deployed, and tested on national sample of data to be compared to our local Tasmanian findings so we can tailor marketable, global eHealth solutions that include the physical, mental, and social health considerations for geographically neutral employees.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Scott Pedersen


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.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • ICT

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:

  • Programming skills in C#/JavaScript/PHP/ASP.Net
  • Operation skills in Windows or Linux based server

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 Scott Pedersen 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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