Which environmental policy, where?

Which policy where? Exploring the differential roles of development and conservation policies in protecting the environment

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

What land use policies have been effective in delivering environmental outcomes? This PhD will contribute to the ARC Future Fellowship research led by Dr Vanessa Adams which is designed to understand which policies have been effective, and where, in order to halt land degradation and deliver social and environmental benefits. This will include examining a range of policies of the day such as forestry, conservation, land clearing. Methods to understand the impact of these policies may include narrative analysis and spatial analyses (such as impact evaluation or scenario planning).

As a PhD student you will be a member of the Fellowship team that is collaboratively investigating which policies have delivered tangible benefits to Australia in terms of environmental outcomes (e.g. healthy vegetation and freshwater systems) and socio-economic outcomes (e.g. equitable access to outdoor spaces, clean water and homes that are safe from environmental disasters).  The team is bringing together a mix of qualitative social science methods and quantitative spatial and statistical impact evaluation methods and invites a diversity of PhD applicants that will complement this mixed methods approach. Opportunities to collaborate with leading researchers in impact evaluation will be available both domestically and internationally. This research provides an exciting opportunity for research into how to deliver tangible outcomes for the environment and communities at a critical time for Australia’s natural heritage.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Vanessa Adams


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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

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:

  • Experience with GIS

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Interest in multi-disciplinary approaches to evaluation conservation policies

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Vanessa Adams to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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