Maritime transport and sustainable development in Australia

Maritime transport and sustainable development in Australia

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Since the first cargoes were moved by sea more than 5,000 years ago, maritime transport has been at the forefront of the global economy, easily accounting for most international cargo transport in the modern world. Being the largest continental landmass surrounded by water, Australia must rely on maritime transport to promote international trade and support economic growth. In 2018–19 Australia’s top three goods exports were iron ores and concentrates ($77,189 million), coal ($69,592 million), and natural gas ($49,731 million), which are carried by sea. Managing this enormous movement of cargo in an efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly way therefore plays an essential role in planning for sustainable development in Australia. This research aims to examine how maritime transport can promote Australia’s economy in an efficient, safe, and sustainable manner, providing a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues of profitability, safety, and sustainability in the maritime industry.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Wenming (Wendy) Shi


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:

  • Knowledge and experience in econometrics, maritime transport, port development and international trade

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Quantitative modelling, MATLAB and STATA, shipping knowledge/consultancy experience

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 Wenming (Wendy) Shi 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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