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PhD Studentship: Social Sustainability in Livestock Supply Chains

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th October 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Reference: snes267

Award Summary

100% home fees covered and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI rate).

Overview

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

Sponsor: School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

Supervisors: Dr Albert Boaitey

Eligibility criteria

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 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.  

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:  

  • Please apply for 2023 academic year for January 2024 start
  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8010F
  • Select ‘Agriculture’ in the ‘Research Area’ field
  • Select PhD Agriculture and Rural Development (full time) as the programme of study

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:  

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  
  • The studentship code snes267 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • When prompted regarding your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.

Contact details

Dr. Albert Boaitey (albert.boaitey@ncl.ac.uk)

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