Building trust in disasters

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement



$28,854pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Disasters require those involved to collaborate. Effective collaboration in emergency management requires organisations from the public sector, not-for-profit sector, and private sector to trust each other. Differing organisational cultures can be a barrier to trust. This project will use a mixed methods approach to create the first rigorously established knowledge base for understanding what organisational practices are effective to overcome conflicting cultures in emergency management and successfully build trusting relationships to enhance collaboration. In this project, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver new knowledge about how organisation’s in Tasmania collaborate in emergency management, with comparative lessons for other Australian jurisdictions. You will also have access to a collaborative, multi-disciplinary network of world class researchers and innovators in emergency management.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Steven Curnin


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which 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; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must already have or been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant research experience with an interest or experience in working across multiple disciplines.

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:

  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking
  • Background or interest in subject areas relevant to the project (i.e. emergency management)
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Public administration
  • Organisational studies
  • Psychology
  • Human factors

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 Steven Curnin 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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