Liner Shipping Resilience

Liner Shipping Resilience: Strategies for thriving in a turbulent world

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dependence of communities on efficient supply chains for societal well-being, health and prosperity. Communities remain vulnerable to disruptions in supply of food, medicine and other goods necessary for the functioning of healthy economies. By transporting all manner of goods from everyday essential items to industrial materials, liner shipping performs a key role in enabling communities and economies to function. Community resilience is therefore intricately linked to the resilience of liner shipping companies in being able to provide efficient transport services in the face of disruptions.

Covid-19 is challenging the way liner shipping operates. Supply chains are reorganising as countries scramble to reduce their dependence on one source of supply (e.g. China). Health protection measures e.g. social distancing and safety measures coupled with new regulations are impacting logistics and transport operations in new ways. Navigating around and through the COVID-19 situation has left liner shipping companies in uncharted waters with blank sailings becoming the norm for many operators. In the highly competitive global shipping environment, liner shipping companies must therefore formulate relevant strategies to remain competitive and sustainable in challenging times.

This project aims to investigate the resilience of liner shipping companies when confronted by COVID-19 related disruptions and to draw lessons for the post-COVID-19 era. Specifically, the project will investigate:

  1. The strategies used by liner shipping companies during pandemic-related disruptions, and
  2. Liner shipping resilience in a specific context e.g. Bass Strait shipping.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Prashant Bhaskar


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.


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

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:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of, and/or familiarity with, the maritime industry

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A previous research qualification in a management discipline, preferably in logistics, supply chains, shipping business or organisational resilience
  • Knowledge of shipping operations

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 Prashant Bhaskar 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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