Home, housing and insurance

Insurance in a changing climate: Implications for home and housing

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

6 March 2023

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

As cities transform and housing practices change, uptake of house and contents insurance as a key safety net is changing. Private insurance of this type is not meeting the needs of more and more households, with changes in housing tenure, housing stress and climate risks informing problematic patterns of under-insurance. New cohorts are emerging as vulnerable and at risk. As part of the University of Tasmania’s insurance research program, you will work with Dr Kate Booth – a leading expert in insurance geographies and critical insurance studies – to develop a project focusing on the co-constitution of home, housing, and insurance. In the context of climate change, this may include considerations of insurance affordability and availability, household materialities and emotionalities, and geographies of affect and power.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Kate Booth

Funding

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.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Applicants with a background in the social sciences (including human geography) and humanities

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:

  • A demonstrated ability to engage with social theory
  • Experience or interest in social research methods

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 Kate Booth 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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