|Newcastle upon Tyne
|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|6th October 2023
|8th January 2024
100% home fees covered and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI rate).
The Agriculture, Food Systems and Rural Development directorate in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, is offering a funded PhD studentship (home fees) to investigate the social sustainability and stakeholder expectations of livestock systems. The position is affiliated with the Applied Social Science Group at the Centre of Rural Economy (CRE).
The social aspects of livestock production systems, compared to environmental and economic aspects, are not always fully accounted for in the sustainability discourse. However, sustainability assessment is a critical step in supporting the attainment of sustainability goals in food systems. Social sustainability is defined at two levels: internal (farm and family) and external (society). These values are related to societal expectations, are constantly changing and are likely to vary across different species. This raises the questions of ‘are public and farmer valuation of different social sustainability criteria consistent?’ and ‘where are the key points of convergence and divergence?’. The successful candidate will shape a research project that robustly assesses social sustainability and stakeholder expectations of different livestock systems from multi-stakeholder perspectives. The project will combine quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with (or willing to learn) analytical software (e.g., STATA or R).
Number of awards: 1
Start date: 8th January 2024
Award duration: 3 years
Supervisors: Dr Albert Boaitey
You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in agricultural and food economics, sustainable food systems or a related discipline.
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.
How to apply
You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal
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