Imagined Food Safeties

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Globally, the World Health Organization estimates 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses per year, resulting in 420 thousand deaths. Food safety matters. But food safety is more than statistics about the sick and the dead, more than the technologies of sanitation practices and food handling techniques. Food safety is complex sets of knowledge, of ways of thinking and acting, embedded in institutional practices and discourses, by governments, by industry, and by everyday people. This project is will focus on how people (especially consumers) have thought about food safety over time. By taking a cultural history approach to food safety the project will consider how food safety creates materially, symbolically and experientially a set of ways of thinking and acting, resulting in knowledge that is embedded in institutional practices and discourses.

Projects may focus on a specific geographical exemplar, or on connections between points, or on a specific issue/product. Please note, however, that although a geographic and temporal focus is not stipulated, this is a historical project and requires a background in History or Food Studies. The Imagined Food Safeties project stems from key themes in Dr Tarulevicz's ARC Discovery Grant, such as technology, and transnational flows of products and ideas.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Nicole Tarulevicz

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:

  • Applicants may focus on a specific geographical exemplar, or on connections between points, or on a specific issue/product. Please note, however, that although a geographic and temporal focus is not stipulated, this is a historical project and requires a background in History or Food Studies.

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, A/Prof Nicole Tarulevicz 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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