Negotiating Resilience in a New Antarctic Tourism Context

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



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About the research project

The context in which tourism in Antarctica operates has changed dramatically over the last decade.  Tourism operators must now face a variety of new issues in their day-to-day operations. The breadth of tourism products that they offer has rapidly diversified and now includes opportunities that stretch far beyond the typical cruise. Climate change has created change in the way that they run tours, in the infrastructure that they invest in, and in the interpretations that they offer their guests. And most recently, COVID-19 has caused profound impacts and the whole tourism industry is in a reset.

In accepting that the Antarctic tourism industry is always changing, the COVID-19 induced reset has led to the inevitable rethinking of managing risks. There are already noticeable concerns, such as in in relation to the re-attracting staff and making sure that the cruise ship is not a petri-dish for another disease.

The Antarctic tourism industry is resilient but the circumstances are fluid. This project will explore how tourism operations have negotiated resilience during these rapidly changing times. It will explore the factors that have influenced, both and in a negative and positive sense, businesses’ ability to deal with risk and resilience. And in doing so it will build upon theory related to business resilience in highly volatile environments.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Anne Hardy


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.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the social sciences / tourism or a project research project in tourism of a substantial size

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:

  • The ability to travel to remote environments as required

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 Anne Hardy 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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