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ESRC SeNSS PhD Studentship in Human Geography

University of Reading - Department of Real Estate & Planning

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 5th November 2018

Henley Business School and the departments of Architecture and Construction Management & Engineering

School of Built Environment

Deadline for expressions of interest: 5th of November 2018

The University of Reading is at the forefront in cutting edge research on Human Geography themes, global transformations, sustainable development and resilience of the built environment. Reading has been known for decades as a centre of excellence in Real Estate & Planning and in Construction Management & Engineering, and has recently created an innovative new centre of excellence in Architecture.

We are currently inviting applications from excellent UK/EU students for a PhD funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership. Interested candidates can find information about our areas of research expertise through consulting our department websites, Real Estate & Planning (Real Estate and Planning research and supervisors) and Construction Management & Engineering and Architecture (Built Environment Research Division and Supervisors in Architecture; Supervisors in Construction Management and Engineering). We invite applications from candidates with research interests relevant to any of the SeNSS Human Geography Pathway fields: ‘Global Transformations’, ‘Cultural Formations’, ‘Resilient Built Environments’, and ‘Sustainable Visions’.

The studentship is available for three or four years (depending on previous qualifications) and on a full- or part-time basis. 

Further information about the SeNSS programme can be found here (


  • Applicants for a three year award should typically hold or expect to gain a minimum of a high merit (a mark of 65 or more or equivalent), in a master's programme in Human Geography or a related discipline. If you are applying for a four year award, you need to have achieved a minimum of a high 2.1 (an overall mark of 65 or more or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Human Geography or a related discipline; in practice, successful applicants to this Pathway are more likely to hold a first class undergraduate degree.
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students.

Funding Details:

  • Starts October 2019
  • RCUK Tuition fees plus stipend

How to apply:

We are encouraging candidates to express an interest as early as possible in the autumn term and preferably before 5th November 2018. Candidates shortlisted by Reading will go forward to the next round of the SeNSS competition with a deadline early in 2019.

For the initial stage, please:

  1. Contact Professor Kathy Pain or Dr Richard Nunes with details of your area of research interest.
  2. Submit an application for Real Estate & Planning or Built Environment at Please quote the reference ‘ESRC SeNSS’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Further Enquiries:

If you would like more information about the Human Geography Pathway at Reading, please contact Professor Kathy Pain, on email:, or Dr Richard Nunes, on email:

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