Environmental Planning: ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship

Closing date: 1 February 2019 (12:00 hours)

The University of Gloucestershire, Countryside and Community Research Institute, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for funded PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence October 2019. The following collaborative studentship is available:

In the Environmental Planning Pathway:
Exploring the causal linkages between social and environmental outcomes in landscape-scale agri-environment delivery (in collaboration with Natural England)
Supervisor: Jane Mills (Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire)

The aim of the PhD is to critically assessing whether collaborative working at a landscape-scale in a Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund (CSFF) group has a greater influence on farmers’ pro-environmental behaviour than working in individual agri-environment schemes by exploring the landscape constructions of agri-environment scheme designers and farmers/land managers and evaluating the extent to which CSFF creates cultural (knowledge, skills and ability) and social (trust-building, access to social networks and their resources) capital amongst members.

The PhD will undertake research to address the following questions:

– Does participation in the CSFF lead to better environmental outcomes by influencing pro-environmental behaviour and social and cultural capital development than individual AES?
– Do the landscape features and issues prioritised in CSFF match the members’ construction of their landscape?
– Who are the main influencers on the CSFF members’ attitudes and agri-environmental behaviours?

Applicants are welcomed with a background in a range of social sciences, including: rural studies, environmental management, urban and regional planning, and human geography. These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named supervisor for a discussion prior to applying.

For more information on the project please contact Jane Mills

The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2019 and will be based in the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire. Students with a requirement to first undertake the Masters research training prior to starting the PhD will be based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University initially.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Further details for ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative studentships

These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.

WHAT THE STUDENTSHIP WILL COVER
Studentship Awards commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £14,777 p.a. for 2018/19 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

Applicants should note that as a part of the training programme, they will be required to undertake 20 days work per year on live research projects.

ELIGIBILITY
ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

1+3 OR +3?
With exception of studentships in the Economics pathway, awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

ASSESSMENT
The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 1 February 2019. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2019. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2019.

HOW TO APPLY
A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the University of Gloucestershire: submitted to Dr. Matthew Reed (mreed@glos.ac.uk) by the deadline of 12 noon on 1 February 2019. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

The application must contain the following documents:

1. University of Gloucestershire Studentship Application Form:
This form must be completed and all evidence requested in questions to be provided.
Part 2 (Qualifications and Experience) Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
Part 3 (Referees) All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.
Part 5 (Supporting Statement) must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the University of Gloucestershire, and the Environmental Planning Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied.

2. Curriculum Vitae:
This should be no longer than two pages.

3. Research Proposal:
For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
• Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
• An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;
• Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;
• A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
• Bibliographic references

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