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PhD Studentship - Understanding Marginalisation and Experiences of Blue Spaces and Water Sports

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science & Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,662 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 22nd January 2024

Lead Supervisor name: Ellie Gennings

Project description

The unfolding of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions that ensued have been accompanied in Britain by an increasing interest in recreational and educational activities establishing a direct relationship with the natural environment. These emerging trends in some cases have accelerated existing patterns of participation in physical activity and in relation to “Blue Spaces” (intended as ‘outdoor environments–either natural or manmade–that prominently feature water and are accessible to people’. Gov.UK, 2022). Spending time in an outdoor environment (such as a Blue Space), while being physically active, brings together multiple reported health and wellbeing benefits in addition to contributing towards policy aims and objectives.

Since the pandemic, there is an increased emphasis on the health and social benefits of “being outdoors” has often side-lined uneven and unequal forms of access, experience and engagement with Blue Spaces along intersecting lines of class, gender, sexuality, ‘race’ and ethnicity, physical (dis)ability and legal status (Phoenix et al., 2021; Bates and Moles, 2022).

As a result, engagement with Blue Spaces and related physical activities has often been reduced to a universal idea(l), from which participants are said to benefit evenly, without attending to the material, structural, or institutional factors which shape access to and engagement with physical activities in Blue Spaces.

What does the funded studentship include?

A fully-funded Studentship includes a maintenance grant of £18,662 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months. Associated costs, such as for fieldwork and conference attendance, will also be met under the Studentship.

Eligibility criteria

The BU PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students.

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Additional Eligibility:

A post-graduate degree qualification in sport, exercise or physical activity, sociology, public health or geography is desirable for the post. We are offering this as a full-time PhD scholarship. We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBTQIA+, BAME and disabled communities.

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 22 January 2024

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk

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