Improving indoor environmental quality

Data driven decision making to improve indoor environmental quality management and occupant wellbeing

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Buildings are becoming increasingly data rich environments with a wider range of sensors and real time information being available to support management decisions. Much of this data is, however, considered in isolation based on their primary purposes of use (for example controlling ventilation) and generally investigated in a reactive manner to address issues that arise. This project will focus on leveraging this data in a proactive manner to support decision to improve the indoor environmental quality of buildings. Improved indoor environmental quality has been shown to increase occupant satisfaction, improve productivity, and reduce absenteeism and sick leave (improving well being).

This project will be completed in collaboration with UTAS facilities management and will develop decision making support tools like Indoor Environmental Quality indices will be trialed at UTAS to enhance the management of indoor spaces. While this project is firmly rooted in the Tasmanian context, the techniques and learnings from this project will be broadly applicable and of use to the broader engineering and facility management community.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Eric Sivret


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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:

  • The applicant 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 Eric Sivret 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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