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PhD Studentship: Assessing and promoting awareness of the connections between climate crisis and genocide prevention, PhD Studentship (Funded by the QUEX Institute)

University of Exeter - College of Humanities

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Exeter
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: From £16,062 Full tuition fees, stipend of £16,062 p.a, travel funds of up to £15,000, and RTSG of £10,715 are available over the 3.5 year studentship
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd August 2022
Closes: 30th August 2022
Reference: 4498

Join a world-leading, cross-continental research team:

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population in global sustainability and wellbeing as part of the QUEX Institute. The joint PhD programme provides a fantastic opportunity for the most talented doctoral students to work closely with world-class research groups and benefit from the combined expertise and facilities offered at the two institutions, with a lead supervisor within each university. This prestigious programme provides full tuition fees, stipend, travel funds and research training support grants to the successful applicants.  The studentship provides funding for up to 42 months (3.5 years).

Eight generous, fully-funded studentships are available for the best applicants, four offered by the University of Exeter and four by the University of Queensland. This select group will spend at least one year at each University and will graduate with a joint degree from the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland.

Within academic genocide studies, recent years have witnessed a significant growth in scholarship addressing environmental issues. The proposed project will move this research forward by being:

- future-oriented – concerned with the potential for climate breakdown to increase the competition for resources, mass-migration, and socio-political stresses that collectively make instances of mass violence more likely.

- policy-oriented – concerned with forging better connections between climate policy and genocide prevention in the work of governments and NGOs.

The project will be centred on addressing three key research questions:

  1. How are genocide prevention actors currently engaging with climate change issues, and how might they more effectively target contexts most vulnerable to the effects of climate breakdown?
  2. How can public memorialisation and education related to past genocides more effectively sensitise participants to the future interconnections between climate breakdown and mass atrocity?
  3. How can public, organisational, and governmental discourses on climate crisis incorporate an increased awareness of genocide prevention?

For the studentship holder, there will be broadly three steps required of the research:

  1. Establishing the state of scholarship on links between climate stress and genocide.
  2. Establish the extent to which public bodies involved with genocide prevention and climate action are conscious of such links. It is anticipated that interviews with key actors will form a substantial part of this work.
  3. Establish means by which to improve awareness of the connections between threats of climate breakdown and mass violence.

Alongside the doctoral thesis, the studentship holder will be expected to work with the supervisory team and selected external organisations to produce and disseminate two public reports: the first targeted at participants in genocide prevention and remembrance work; the second addressing climate policy actors in the UK and Australia. The aim of the project is to thus impactfully drive forward the development of interconnections between climate action and genocide prevention, in this way contributing toward the resilience of climate vulnerable communities. The project will utilise networks already embedded into Exeter’s Green Futures research strand and Queensland’s Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

The proposed studentship uses resources and supervisory expertise unique to the Exeter-Queensland partnership to impactfully develop a currently underdeveloped connection between climate research and genocide studies.

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