Bell Bay business cluster in Tasmania

The development of a business cluster in Green Hydrogen at the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone (BBAMZ)

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Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project would track the development of a business cluster involved in manufacturing green hydrogen and associated supply chains and business networks.  The project is supported by Neil Grose, the Bell Bay Hydrogen Cluster Manager at BBAMZ.  We would track this development using social network analysis combined with theoretical perspectives on the development of business clusters.

The research would involve face to face interviewing and collecting social network data (attendance at meetings and events) to determine the development of business clusters amongst the four companies involved in green hydrogen development at Bell Bay.  Fortescue, Woodside, Origin and Able Energy with those companies in the supply chain in the area.  The research would examine the effectiveness of cooperation and the development of critical capabilities in the production of green hydrogen in Bell Bay.  These results would be contrasted with business cluster developments in other new and emerging industries.  This is an exciting opportunity to track and advise on the development of a new industry for Tasmania.

Knoke, D., & Yang, S. (2019). Social network analysis. SAGE publications.
Pereira, Vijay, Yama Temouri, and Charmi Patel. "Exploring the role and importance of human capital in resilient, high performing organisations: evidence from business clusters." Applied Psychology 69.3 (2020): 769-804.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Steve D’Alessandro


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.

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 Steve D’Alessandro 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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