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PhD Studentship in Planning/Landscape: The Environmental Impacts of Housing Development

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th October 2023
Closes: 9th January 2024
Reference: APL035

Award Summary

A tax-free stipend paid monthly of £18,622 per year, for up to 3 years (or part time equivalent) plus home fees. Successful international students will be required to make up the difference between home and international fees.

Overview

Accelerating global urbanisation is having significant detrimental impacts on human and non-human species and environments. This is an intellectual and practical challenge in cities globally as governments struggle to meet the needs of growing populations with increasing demands on natural resources. Suites of concepts for environmental policy have been embraced by the planning profession to promote sustainable cities. However, most approaches have fault-lines: they separate ‘humans’ from ‘nature’ thus failing to account for mutual interdependence, and view land as a commodity to be owned and exploited, failing to recognise it as a vital resource for ecosystems and communities to flourish together. Recent concepts, like nature-based thinking and degrowth have shifted academic thinking towards more eco-centric approaches. However, the impact on policy and practice is limited.

Responding to this context, the successful candidate will shape a research project that assesses the ecological impact of large-scale housing development. Gathering original data from a case study site/s, they will examine how issues of environmental change and biodiversity loss can be better integrated into policy.

The candidate will have a background in Planning, Landscape, Geography or a related Social Sciences discipline. They will have knowledge of social research methods and the ability to analyse data from a range of sources. Knowledge of the application of research into policy, participatory methods and GIS is desirable. The ability to work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Number of awards: 1

Start date: September 2024

Award duration: Funding for 3 years or part time equivalent. 

Sponsor: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Supervisors: Dr Julia Heslop and Dr Andrew Donaldson  

Eligibility criteria

The studentship is open to home and International Students. 

Applicants must have:

  • A 1st class or 2:1 honours undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in Planning, Landscape, Geography or a related Social Sciences subject. 
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in all sub-skills) if your first language is not English.

How to apply

You must send the covering letter, CV and research proposal by email to marian.kyte@ncl.ac.uk, with code APL035 as the email subject.

You should also apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal. To do this please complete an online application.

You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8160F in the programme of study section.
  • Select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape – Planning’ as the programme of study.
  • Insert the studentship code APL035 in the studentship/partnership reference field. 
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must quote reference code APL035 and outline your ability to undertake a suitable project in planning.
  • Attach a 1,000 word research proposal. This should include a proposed research strategy that includes a rationale for the study and possible methodological directions.

Contact details

Dr. Julia Heslop: julia.heslop@newcastle.ac.uk 

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