Supply chain networks - Tas offshore blue economy

Stakeholder perspectives on developing supply chain networks for offshore blue economy activities in Tasmania

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project focuses on the crucial contribution of supply chains and logistic activities for the offshore co-location of aquaculture and renewable energy.  Already, businesses are recognising the potential benefits of adopting a blue economy advantage by shifting seafood farming and production to offshore locations as evidenced by for example salmon farming and kelp harvesting. In addition, there is growing interest in offshore locations for the production of wind, tidal energy, and other sources of renewable energy.  Within this emerging context, there are the many challenges that will impact on traditional business practices in an offshore environment, including how these quite different industries can be co-located on shared multi-use platforms many kilometres from shore.

Moving these businesses offshore will also necessitate different approaches to addressing logistics challenges in remote environments in locations that may be at times unsafe and constantly changing.  Additionally, the supply chains in which the offshore aquaculture and renewable energy businesses operate, that may extend internationally, will be required to co-exist as supply chain networks if they are to gain the required efficiencies to remain viable.

This project will initially require an assessment of the range of aquaculture and renewable energy activities that can be undertaken offshore and in doing so, identify the various industry actors and stakeholders making up this new blue economy ecosystem. Another aspect of this research is evaluating potential alternative business models suitable for integrating offshore business practices within a unified supply chain network.  The validity of the findings from the literature review will then be tested by empirical research by collecting and analysing the views from the industry actors and stakeholders to identify opportunities, challenges and concerns to developing a viable and sustainable ecosystem in the blue economy. The outcomes of this project are expected to identify workable design options for sustainable blue economy operations and the associated management of the supply chain network. This project is directly aligned with Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) research milestones of RP5.2. The candidate will be able to interact with BE CRC researchers and industry partners through the project.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Shu-Ling (Peggy) Chen


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:

  • Proficient understanding of supply chain management principles ad approaches
  • Evidence of high level written and communication skills expected for Masters level study
  • Good analytical skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • An understanding of the blue economy including the aquaculture and renewable energy industries
  • Ability to interact closely with industry professionals

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 Shu-Ling (Peggy) Chen 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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