Wellbeing In Tasmania

Wellbeing in Tasmania: a quantitative and qualitative study

Degree type


Closing date

6 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The Good Life Initiative is a holistic program that aims to measure and describe Tasmania’s wellbeing, progress and values. Due to its multidimensionality, wellbeing should be studied with different data sources providing sufficient complexity; examples of those are administrative data, survey data, and qualitative data. The Institute for Social Change will collect longitudinal survey data on wellbeing, link these data to administrative unit record files, and append administrative data aggregated at smaller geographical levels.

The successful PhD candidate will write a thesis by publication of 4 to 5 refereed journal articles. Your research will involve:

  • Critically reviewing and evaluating wellbeing and related literature
  • Conceptualising, measuring and monitoring wellbeing of the Tasmanian general population, and targeted subpopulations
  • Co-designing survey and mixed-method research projects
  • Identifying, reviewing and gathering relevant administrative data for measuring and monitoring wellbeing (and its separate dimensions)
  • Comparing and differentiating data sources, determining the value of and relationship between: (1) administrative data and survey data, (2) survey data measuring subjective and those measuring objective wellbeing, (3) longitudinal and cross-sectional survey data in monitoring change in wellbeing over time, and (4) quantitative and qualitative data studying wellbeing
  • Working as a member of a team of senior and early career cross-disciplinary researchers
  • Publishing in quality peer-reviewed journals, and contributing to government, industry and community accessible reports
  • Participating in public commentary and events related to your research focus

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Bruce Tranter


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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Honours or master’s degree in sociology, economics, psychology or a related field
  • Data analytics skills
  • Programming in statistical software: SPSS, Stata, or R
  • Previous involvement in quantitative academic, government or commercial research projects

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience with qualitative research (e.g. in-depth interviews, focus groups)
  • Data science skills
  • Previous experience with wellbeing research
  • Broad understanding of research ethics

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 Bruce Tranter 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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