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PhD Studentship - Animal Psychology, Climate Change and Public Engagement

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. Blake Morton, Dr. Charlotte Hopkins

Enquiries: watercultures@hull.ac.uk

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students

Hours: 4 years Full time

Subject areas:

Physical & Environmental Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Other Physical Sciences), Biological Sciences (Biology, Other Biographical Sciences, Zoology); Psychology.

Project description:

Human-induced climate change is driving major planetary changes to the environment, threatening the well-being and survival of species, including humans. Water plays a central role in these environmental changes (e.g., flooding, drought, and coastal development), but people’s willingness to change their behaviour to overcome the climate crisis is made difficult by their growing psychological “disconnection” with nature.  The current study aims to test whether promoting awareness of psychological traits in wildlife has a direct impact on public engagement with the climate crisis (e.g., explicit lifestyle changes). The selected candidate will evaluate how different audiences respond to various forms of knowledge dissemination in which the parallels between how animals and people adapt to the same climate-related challenges are emphasised. People’s attitudinal and behavioural changes in light of their exposure to this content will be evaluated through follow-up questionnaires and in-person interviews. By the end of this study, we will be able to establish whether animal psychology research is an effective tool for generating further engagement with the climate crisis in people.

This is a funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. This is 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 subject. A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential. We are seeking a candidate with:

  • a background in psychology or related discipline (e.g., animal behaviour)
  • experience conducting fieldwork with wild animals (e.g., trail cameras) and/or using social science techniques (e.g., questionnaires/interviews
  • a proficiency, or willingness to become proficient, in data analysis using R.

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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