Reducing waste through CE

Reducing waste through community-based circular economies in regional Australia

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

To facilitate a rapid transition to effective resource recovery and advancement of Circular Economy (CE), good governance strategies and well-functioning institutional arrangements are required to maximise the benefits of community-based waste avoidance, resource recovery, and regenerative activities, and to facilitate integrated approaches across multiple domains of impacts and benefits.

This project will examine the socio-economic benefits and community-based solutions for CE in regional Australia. The candidate will utilise a network governance approach to map the relationships between local governments and key stakeholders involved in waste management and resource recovery. The candidate will undertake empirical and qualitative research to analyse selected case studies of regional areas.

This PhD will contribute to a larger project in the National Environment Science Program’s Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub focusing on a network governance strategy to inform regional local governments in their CE transition.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Joanna Vince


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:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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, A/Prof Joanna Vince 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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