The University of Gloucestershire’s Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) continues its annual Winter School for PhD researchers, guided by the theme of crossing boundaries.

The two-day Winter School offers current PhD researchers a chance to present work-in-progress to a group of peers in a conference-type setting. Experienced staff from the CCRI will attend to offer constructive, friendly and critical responses to the presenters. In addition, two workshop sessions, linked to career development and applied/transdisciplinary research respectively, will be offered to provide participants a chance to discuss these topics with experienced panellists. They will draw on experiences of career progression after the end of the PhD (in academic and professional settings), and share examples of research carried out by the CCRI team with applied policy/practice impacts.

Drawing inspiration from the theme of the recent 2021 RGS-IBG conference, the Winter School’s emphasis is on crossing boundaries. We invite applications from PhD researchers in the humanities and social sciences whose theses examine the connecting, hybridising or transgressive nature of cross-boundary engagements which might include (for example):

  • Inter-disciplinary research methods and innovations
  • Rural-urban spatial dynamics, links and semantics
  • The interface and/or hybridity of physical and digital worlds
  • Cultural and material interdependencies in the built environment
  • Applied and trans-disciplinary research which informs practice and policy
  • The vertical integration (or disconnect) of policy hierarchies
  • Synergies and distinctions of human and non-human agency
  • Representations of borders and their transgression within the humanities
  • The (re-)construction of identities against a rapidly changing climatic, social, (trans-)gendered and political backdrop

Any PhD researcher registered with a UK or Irish university is welcome to apply by sending an abstract of no more than 250 words to Aimee Morse (amorse1@glos.ac.uk) and Daniel Keech (dkeech@glos.ac.uk) by Friday January 7th 2022 at 12.00 noon. Successful presenters will be informed by the end of January. On the abstract submission, please list your name, institution and department, as well as preferred email and telephone contact details.

There is no charge for the event, although participants will need to pay for their own transport and overnight accommodation in Cheltenham, if required[1]. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days (no charge). A social evening meal in Cheltenham is optional and will also need to be paid for by participants.


[1] The organisers are investigating travel bursaries but these should not be expected at this stage.