Antarctic gateway tourism opportunities

Bringing the Antarctic experience closer: “Gateway tourism” opportunities for Tasmania

Degree type

Masters by research

Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Antarctica and the Southern Oceans provide many tourism opportunities. Going beyond a focus on cruise ship travel, this project aims to reimagine, reclaim and relive the Antarctic and Southern Ocean experience in creative ways in Tasmania.

Different tourism products have demonstrated how visitors can experience the “distant” – that is, how visitors can still have intimate encounters with a place, object or people even though they face inherent physical, knowledge and/or capability barriers. For example, visitors can have an authentic local experience while lacking the local knowledge to fully understand the host culture; they can appreciate engineering marvels without technical knowledge; and they can enjoy a heritage experience although they do not have the relevant historical knowledge. Mediation, framing and drawing attention to details of the tourism product are things that matter, and Antarctica is no different in this regard. The continent is distant to most people but there are ways to bring the Antarctic experience to people through tourism experience without physically visiting the region.

This project will identify lessons from diverse tourism experiences and evaluate these experiences for their relevance to providing the Antarctica experience in the “gateway city” of Hobart. The project will be theoretically grounded in the fields of tourism mediation, tourism experiences and Antarctic studies. The project forms part of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project “Transforming Tourists’ Antarctic Experience,” a partnership between UTAS and Australian company Intrepid Travel. The successful applicant will have the benefit of working within this dedicated team. Findings will provide a knowledge base to inform the way in which Hobart and other “Antarctic gateways” foster their Antarctic identity to ensure a rich experience for visitors as well as local citizens.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Elizabeth Leane


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 2 years (MRes) or 3.5 years (PhD)
  • 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:

  • Social sciences/humanities training with qualitative research skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background or experience in the tourism industry and/or the Antarctic sector

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 Elizabeth Leane 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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