Understanding and controlling Australia's illicit tobacco market

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project aims to develop new regulatory options for tobacco to minimise the legal market while avoiding the adverse societal and economic impacts of transferring consumer demand to illegal tobacco products. It addresses a significant current concern about a growing illegal tobacco market and seeks to improve understanding of the impact of tobacco control policies on the illegal market, and the societal impacts. The project also seeks to draw insights from illicit drug policy to understand potential consequences of greater restrictions on the legal tobacco market. The expected outcomes include an enhanced monitoring system for illicit tobacco and policy recommendations to achieve government goals of reducing smoking rates.


  1. Quantify the social and economic impacts of the Australian illicit tobacco market and estimate the impacts of tobacco control policies on the size of illicit tobacco market;
  2. Develop regulatory models for tobacco that incorporate learnings from the regulation of illicit drugs; and
  3. Develop a multi–component system to improve the monitoring of the illicit tobacco market.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Coral Gartner

Faculty of Medicine

Email: c.gartner@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of tobacco control policy or illicit drugs policy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of economics, criminology, psychology or public health and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of illicit tobacco or tobacco control policy is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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