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PhD Studentship in Planning and Geography (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2238
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Funding Amount: Full UK/EU fees, plus Doctoral stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Having won a coveted place in the national network of training centres accredited by the ESRC, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales-DTC) is awarding a number of ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography.

We have one Environmental Planning ESRC funded PhD Studentship available for the 2014/15 academic year. The award is available on a +3 basis. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years of a PhD only, and assumes that the applicant will already have had research training from an MSc degree.

School of Planning and Geography

The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) will be the home school for this studentship position. CPLAN is the largest planning school in the UK and takes a wide definition of planning which encompasses the policy areas of economic development, environment, housing, urban design, transport, health as well as land-use planning. The School strives to be a centre of excellence in research, teaching and policy and practice associated with the planning and management of cities and regions.

Project title: Where the Wild Things Are: Living with Governing Wild Boar

This project examines the impacts of the reintroduction of wild boar to forests in England, Scotland and Wales as a form of ‘rewilding’. Rewilding can enhance biodiversity and bring socio-economic benefits to marginal rural areas. But it also raises questions over who and how the wild should be governed, and it can create tensions between different land-users . One such tension is with biosecurity: reintroduced wild animals can act as disease vectors to existing wildlife, farmed and domesticated animals, and people. In these places, what effects does rewilding have and who and how are wild animals governed? Taking the reintroduction of wild boar into forests and woodlands, this project will explore these questions by examining the relationship between rewilding and biosecurity, the governance of wild nature, and the impact of living and working alongside wild boar upon people’s understandings of nature, animality and wilderness. The project will explore the impact of rewilding upon local communities, its social acceptability, and the practical challenges of governing wild animals across institutional territories. These issues will be explored using three locality studies where wild boar have been introduced purposefully and unintentionally. Research questions will be answered in each locality (Dumfries and Galloway, Forest of Dean, and Monmouthshire) using in-depth interviews and participant observation with residents, stakeholders, and policy actors in England and Wales.

Supervisors: Dr Gareth Enticott

Start date: October 2014

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,863 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).

Additional funding of £750 p.a in years 1 and 2, and £375 in year 3 for expenses will be available.


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 UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Academic criteria: In view of the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. They must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more and a dissertation mark of 60% or more, with no mark below 50%) or above in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose Masters degree involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and those who performed at distinction level (70% or higher) or equivalent.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying for PhD in Planning & Geography, with a start date of October 2014 via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship/grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography.

The proposal should provide details of the academic rationale for the research and the proposed research strategy. We suggest that you use the following four headings in your research proposal: Aims and purpose of the research, Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field, Proposed Methodology; and Academic contributions of your research.

The deadline for all applications is: April 22nd, 4pm

Further Information

For more information please visit the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography website.

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