The University of Gloucestershire’s 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 2020.

The following collaborative studentships are available in the Environmental Planning Pathway :

Studentship 1: Climate change and the meat debate: reframing livestock farming as part of the solution (in collaboration with DEFRA)

Supervisors: Professor Damian Maye and Dr Julie Ingram

Recent reports (EAT-Lancet 2019; IPCC 2019a/b) highlight the negative impacts of livestock farming on climate change and call for radical changes to how much meat we eat. This has attracted criticism from livestock groups, who argue that ruminant livestock play a key role for biodiversity and carbon sequestration (NFU, 2019). This project aims to examine how livestock producers are responding to climate change narratives about meat/emissions, including solutions that the livestock industry have already adopted. The student will be located within DEFRA’s Agri-Food and Farming Evidence team and the research will inform DEFRA’s research and policy programme linked to climate change.

Applicants are welcomed with a background in a range of social sciences, including: rural studies, human geography, sociology, anthropology and environmental management. 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.

More information on the project and an application form can be found here. To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Damian Maye.


Studentship 2: Exploring heterogeneity in sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours for the sustainable management of recreational fisheries in England and Wales (in collaboration with Cefas)

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Supervisors: Dr. Julie Urquhart & Dr. Hannah Chiswell

Recreational sea angling has the potential to have significant impact on fish stocks and marine ecosystems. Assessment of recreational angling by the European Parliament and the UK white paper on fisheries highlights the need for sea angling to be better incorporated into fisheries management, yet data is often limited to records of catch and expenditure, neglecting the social motivations that influence angler behaviour.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to explore sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours, with a focus on developing a novel framework through which behavioural responses to future changes in management and catch can be anticipated and understood. The research is likely to involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

This research will have strong policy relevance that can be used to support effective management of recreational fisheries in the UK and Europe. The PhD is in partnership with Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) who provide impartial marine science and advice to support UK and overseas governments on sea angling. The student will contribute to the ICES WGRFS (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys) to ensure that outcomes from the PhD are utilised. It is expected that the student will attend and present work at international conferences and publish in scientific journals.

Applicants are welcomed with a background in a range of social sciences, including: rural studies, environmental management, social psychology, and human geography. 

More information on the project and an application form can be found here. To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Julie Urquhart.


The successful candidates are expected to start their studentship in October 2020 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 initially based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

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.

The University of Gloucestershire values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Applications welcomed for both vacancies by 3rd February 2020 (12:00 hours).