We currently have two competition-funded PhD positions available in the 3S Research Group, to start in September 2020. Both of these positions offer full funding for home and EU students and would be based in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, Norwich, UK.
Tom Hargreaves and Gill Seyfang are the academic supervisors on the project entitled: ‘Making Waste History? Innovation for sustainable consumption’. The PhD will research the challenge of ‘Making Waste History’ recognising that this will demand transformative innovation in both the systems that uphold contemporary ways of living (e.g. food, housing, transport etc.) as well as the related social practices that make up normal everyday life (e.g. shopping, holidaying, and employment). This PhD project will develop and test an innovative conceptual approach which recognises that innovation in systems and innovation in practices are fundamentally interconnected, and will apply it to the pressing sustainability challenge of making waste history. For more information about this position and how to apply see here. The deadline to apply for this project is 24th February 2020.
Helen Pallett is the lead supervisor on a project entitled, ‘Democracy in transit:The circulation, adaptation and appropriation of democratic practices in environmental policy’ along with Jason Chilvers. This project builds on recent scholarship in Science and Technology Studies (STS) which has looked at the travel and translation of different ‘technologies of participation’ into new contexts, and brings it into conversation with recent work in Human Geography on policy mobilities. The project is suitable for candidates with a background in human geography, sociology and political science. For more information about this position and how to apply see here. The deadline to apply for this project is 30th January 2020.
Martin Mahony is the lead supervisor on a project entitled, ‘A history of the future: Integrated Assessment Models and the evolution of climate change science and policy’ along with Nem Vaughan. This project aims to develop the first history of Integrated Assessment Modelling, and to examine how that history can inform current scientific and policy debates about future climate change. The project is suitable for candidates with a background in environmental sciences, geography, sociology, history or political science, and is an interdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social sciences. For more information about this position and how to apply see here. The deadline to apply for this project has now passed.
If you are interested in doing a PhD in the 3S research group but neither of these projects is in the right area for you, then do get in touch with the member of faculty in 3S who you think would be the most appropriate supervisor to talk through your ideas. Student-led projects might be eligible to be funded through the SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, or there may be other potential sources of funding available for your specific project idea.