PhD Opportunities in 3S (apply by 16th January 2017)

Funding is now available for full or part-time +3 (PhD) or 1+3 (Masters and PhD) PhD studentships in the 3S research group as part of the South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership.

If you’re interested in applying for a PhD (whether +3 or 1+3) please contact either Dr Tom Hargreaves ( or Dr Jason Chilvers ( for initial informal discussions.

Deadline: 16th January 2017

Further Information:

If you’re interested in being involved in world-leading research that better understands, and can potentially transform, relations between science, policy and society in responding to the unprecedented sustainability challenges facing our world, then this could be the opportunity for you.

Research in 3S focuses on a range of topics including: climate change, energy, emerging technologies (such as biotechnologies and geoengineering), natural hazards, responses to the economic and financial crisis, and grassroots actions and social movements on sustainability.

As part of the ‘Science, Technology and Sustainability’ or ‘Human Geography’ pathways of SeNSS, we are looking for PhD applicants interested in any area related to 3S’s five inter-related research strands:

  • Knowledges and expertise: exploring the different types of knowledge that are important when seeking to understand and solve environmental issues.
  • Participation and engagement: investigating the potential of public participation in science and the environment in all its forms to empower citizens, enhance social justice and the quality of decisions, but also to close down, disempower and exclude.
  • Policy and governance: examining the underlying causes, governance challenges and potential policy solutions in the transition to sustainability, particularly with reference to the role of science.
  • Sustainable consumption: researching how lifestyles, everyday routines and social practices must shift towards more sustainable forms of consumption.
  • Transitions to sustainability: considering how many sustainability solutions require deep structural changes in key areas of human activity, but that existing systems tend to be very difficult to dislodge.

Please get in touch if you have your own PhD research ideas in any of these areas.

To see some examples of the kinds of PhD topics that could be undertaken within 3S, follow these links:

For more information on how to apply go to: