Healthcare, religion and nonreligion

Healthcare, religion and nonreligion: reproductive health care

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024


Burnie, Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This project will examine the intersection of reproductive health care, religion, and nonreligion.  It will focus on government funded health care, such as in hospitals and other health care contexts that are affiliated with religious organisations, such as Catholic hospitals.  It will examine the experiences of people who attend these settings for reproductive health care such as maternity care, abortions, and other forms of reproductive health care.  It may also examine the experiences of health care providers such as doctors and nurses in these contexts.  The specifics of the project will be negotiated early in the PhD. The successful applicant will work with their supervisors to refine the scope of the project, make decisions about study design and select an appropriate overarching sociological framework. This PhD project will develop and extend the chosen theoretical framework, build new sociological knowledge around healthcare, religion and nonreligion in the context of reproductive healthcare and produce original empirical findings. This PhD project is embedded within an ongoing international research program focused on the relationship between religion and nonreligion in health care contexts led in Australia by Professor Douglas Ezzy.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Emily Hansen


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 $32,192 per annum (2024 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

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:

  • First Class Honours degree in Sociology or equivalent

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Expertise in sociology of health and or sociology of religion

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Emily Hansen to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 1 February 2024.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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