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PhD Studentship - Unveiling the Power of Class-based, Place-attachment to Water through Creative, Intergenerational Storytelling for Climate Action

University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 24th January 2024

Supervisors: Dr Lisa Jones, Professor Briony McDonagh, Dr Gill Hughes

Enquiries: watercultures@hull.ac.uk

Hours: 4 years Full time

Subject areas:

Social Sciences & Social Care (Human & Social Geography), Languages, Literature & Culture (Cultural Studies), Historical & Philosophical Studies (History)

Project description:

This PhD focuses on underserved, working-class communities at risk of water-related climate challenges, previously under-represented in research. The PhD aims to explore intergenerational understandings of place-attachment and community connection in working-class communities, and in particular, their relationship with and to water (socially, culturally and historically) to explore how this can be utilised by and for communities to inspire place-based climate action. Drawing upon sociological, historical and geographical concepts and utilising participatory and arts-based, creative approaches and methods (such as creative mapping techniques, oral histories, and visual arts based techniques including photography, drawing etc.), this PhD involves working with communities (including young people and older community members) in Hull, the Humber Estuary and East Yorkshire coast as experts who have valuable lived experiences.

The PhD will identify water-inspired, place-based stories of belonging - including living by, working on (e.g. docks/ fishing), and recreation with (e.g. visiting the coast) the river/sea. It will explore how, using arts-based approaches, these can be creatively shared as resources created by and for the community. This PhD will result in original and significant research on the importance of place-based, creative and participatory approaches for enhancing critical climate literacy and mobilising climate action in at-risk coastal and estuarine communities.

This is a funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. An exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities.

To watch our recent webinar which includes an introduction to this research scholarship click here.

If you have any queries about this project, please address them to watercultures@hull.ac.uk, rather than contacting the supervisor directly. This is to support our inclusive recruitment practices. Our Water Cultures Professional Services Team will liaise with Supervisors and ensure you receive responses to your queries.

Funding:

This PhD scholarship is funded for 48 months, covering fees at the UK rate, a maintenance grant of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate), and a research and training support grant.

Eligibility:

You should have a good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent) in a relevant in a relevant subject eg Education, Sociology, History, Geography or related social science/arts/humanities disciplines. A Masters in a relevant subject or equivalent research/community/arts-based expertise is desirable, but not essential.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competency. The IELTS requirement is 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

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