ESRC +3 / 1+3 PhD Studentship in Social Sciences: Ecological Restoration and Building Sustainable Communities (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: P924
Key Studentship Information
Project Title: Ecological Restoration and Building Sustainable Communities
Project Description: This studentship will explore the question: Can ecological restoration help build sustainable communities'
The studentship will study how integrated socio-ecological restoration (ER) initiatives implemented at community level can contribute to building resilience to environmental change. It will build on existing social science knowledge of the impacts of climate change and how best to address them while focussing on meeting the challenges associated with declining ecosystem functionality and services and how these are also seen as a major threat to individual and societal wellbeing.
Conducted in partnership with the Scottish Forestry Trust, the study design will allow for theoretically informed, in-depth comparisons of different types of ER initiatives within selected UK communities to gain insight into the acceptability of ER as a social sustainability tool.
Information about the School: Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, the School has attracted over £18 million of research funds.
Cardiff University the home of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.
Start Date: 1st October 2013
These scholarships cover fees and provide a stipend for a Masters degree (the Cardiff Social Science Research Methods MSc) followed by three years of PhD research (subject to passing the MSc stage). Successful candidates will receive full UK/EU tuition fees plus a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated each year). Candidates will also have access to an annual Research and Training support grant of £750.
Academic Criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.
Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the
How to Apply
Applicants must complete and submit the following documents by the deadline of 12.00pm, 30th November 2012. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted.
- Covering letter and CV - Please send in a covering letter outlining what makes you a suitable candidate (this should cover what skills/knowledge you bring to the project, what aspects you find particularly interesting and any ideas you may they have on how it could be developed). This should be no more than 2 pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis. You will also need to submit a CV with this.
- A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Social Sciences – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal, click here.
Please specify the School of Social Sciences – Research Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) with a start date of October 2013 whether you are applying for a +3 or 1+3 award.
Applicants should complete the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx. 500 words) to summarise how they would approach the given specified research project. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx. 500 words) of the application form to compliment the information given in the covering letter and talk more about their background and interest in postgraduate study.
- Academic References – all applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as we will be using these to help us evaluate your ESRC studentship application.
- Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline.
If you have any queries about the application process, these should be directed to Vicky Parkin at ParkinVA@cardiff.ac.uk
How applications will be assessed
The closing deadline for applications is 12pm 30th November 2012. Application forms will be assessed by a panel made up of the project supervisors and the Director of Graduate Studies, following which short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. We expect interviews to take place in early January 2013 with candidates notified of the date in mid-December.
Application Deadline: 30th November 2012
For more information please contact Vicky Parkin on ParkinVA@cardiff.ac.uk or 02920 870 855.