Postgraduate research opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities

Applications from prospective UK, EU and international students are welcome at any time.

Applying to undertake a PhD in Geographical and Earth Sciences

  • All applicants will need to complete the online registration process, accessible here
  • All applicants will need to upload information about their previous study (copies of your degree certificates and transcripts of undergraduate or previous degrees, and official translations if needed), a CV, and two supporting reference letters on headed paper. They must also upload a one page research proposal.
  • In addition, applicants whose first language (or the language of instruction for their first degree) is not English are required to include evidence of their English language ability. For more information please look here
  • International applicants will need to upload an image of their passport photo page.
  • Advice on visas can be obtained from the Recruitment and International Office (RIO). Information on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (external page here).
  • Please be aware that this is an outline for application to undertake a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Scholarship competitions and other funded schemes (for example, Research Council awards) will have their own specific requirements alongside of this.

Scholarships (Earth Systems Research Group)

ESRG College-Funded PhD Scholarship Competition:

 

Applications are invited for the ESRG College-Funded Scholarship competition. This award provides for UK/EU tuition waivers and stipend monies over 3.5 years, with the PhD to begin October 1, 2019.

 

Application Process and Schedule:

 

Applicants will submit: (1) a Research Proposal of maximum 750 words (in Word, not PDF) comprising title, proposed supervisor(s), aims and objectives, research context, and research methodology. The bibliography for this will not count toward the 750 total; (2) a two-page CV; (3) a specimen of academic writing (such as a coursework essay) of no more than 3000 words, and (4) academic transcripts (only using the pages with course marks noted). Applicants should also ask two referees to send a reference letter to Leenah Khan (leenah.khan@glasgow.ac.uk).

 

Please send these documents to Leenah Khan (leenah.khan@glasgow.ac.uk) by 5pm (Glasgow time), Thursday 31st January, 2019. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.

 

Applications will be ranked by ESRG staff members, taking into account academic excellence, fit with the ESRG’s research clusters, and the School’s strategic priority to support Early Career Staff supervision of PhDs.

 

The top 3 shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (using Skype or in person) circa February 15th, 2019.

 

The preferred candidate will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made by the end of February 2019. At this point, a formal application for admission to the Graduate School will need to be submitted via the online application system (go here https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/).

For more information on the ESRG research themes, and associated staff, please go here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/researchandimpact/earthsystemsresearch/.

 

 

Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust is funding 16 PhD scholarships across all universities within Scotland. The University of Glasgow has been allocated 7 nominations (out of 60 allowed in total across all Scottish HEIs). In additional to the University of Glasgow internal shortlisting process outlined below, potential applicants and their nominating supervisor should familiarise themselves with the formal application process that the Carnegie Trust will require  shortlisted candidates to complete and ensure that they have all the required additional documentation ready in good time - The Carnegie Trust application process.

 

Scholarship Financial Support:

  • a stipend payable for 36 months (currently £16,500 for 2018/19)
  • fees at home rate (the difference in fee rate for international students will be covered by the University)
  • up to £1000 towards certain research costs

 

Eligibility:

  • strong 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for the scholarship. Additionally the candidate should have an outstanding first class result for their dissertation or equivalent project (A1-A3). As a guide for students from the College of Science and Engineering we would be looking for a Honours GPA in the region of 21/22. For the Colleges of Arts, Social Science and MVLS we require a GPA of around 20. 
  • Final year students of a Scottish university who expect to achieve a strong 1st Class Honours degree are eligible for nomination but will be withdrawn from the competition is they do not achieve a strong First. 
  • Non-UK/EU domiciled students with a First-Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university are eligible to be nominated for a Scholarship, but the Trust will only cover the costs of equivalent home fees. The University is expected to waive the outstanding balance for overseas tuition fees. The prospective supervisor of an international student should verify with the relevant Graduate School that they are willing to waive additional fees.

 

University of Glasgow Shortlisting Process:

  • Applicants should complete the relevant GPA Calculator form based on their undergraduate results and save this using the file name "GPA Calculator - First name Surname".
  • Using the results from the GPA checker, please complete the The Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships University of Glasgow Shortlisting Application Form.
  • Nominating supervisors will be sent an automatic link to the application form in order to add their Statement of Support. This should be completed by 5.00pm, 1 February 2019.
  • The GPA Checker‌ should be combined with undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts in a single PDF document using the file name “Carnegie – Student First name Surname” and sent to pgr@glasgow.ac.uk by 5.00pm, 1 February 2019. Please only submit relevant pages from transcripts which detail courses taken and result .  

 

You will be notified if your nomination has been chosen to be forwarded to The Carnegie Trust. Successful nominations will require a Statement of Institutional Support form to be completed by their Head of School/Director of Research Institute where the research will be undertaken. This form will be forwarded to all successful potential supervisors along with instructions of how the application should be submitted to The Carnegie Trust. Shortlisted candidates will have until Thursday 28 February 2018 to complete their submission to the Carnegie Trust.

 

Please contact Rebekah.Derrett@glasgow.ac.uk for more information.


Scholarships (Human Geography Research Group)

HGRG College-Funded Scholarship Competition:

Applications are invited for the HGRG College-Funded Scholarship competition. This award provides for UK/EU tuition waivers and stipend monies over 3.5 years, with the PhD to begin October 1, 2019.

 

Application Process and Schedule:

Applicants will submit: (1) a Research Proposal of maximum 2000 words (in Word, not PDF) comprising title, proposed supervisor(s), introduction to the project, aims and objectives, research context, policy context and potential impact (if relevant), research methodology, provisional schedule, and bibliography; (2) a two-page CV; and (3) a specimen of academic writing (such as a Masters’ coursework essay) of no more than 3000 words. Applicants should also ask two referees to send a reference letter to Deborah.dixon@glasgow.ac.uk.

 

Please send these documents to Prof Deborah Dixon (Deborah.dixon@glasgow.ac.uk) by 5pm (Glasgow time), Thursday 31st January, 2019. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.

 

Applications will be ranked by HGRG staff members, taking into account academic excellence, fit with the HGRG’s research clusters, and the School’s strategic priority to support Early Career Staff supervision of PhDs.

 

The top 3 shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (using Skype or in person) circa February 15th, 2019.

 

The preferred candidate will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made by the end of February 2019.

 

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC) Student-Led Open Competition:

The Student-led Open Competition for PhD study commencing in Autumn 2019 is now open for +3 (PhD only) and 1+3 (Masters plus PhD) applications, with an October 2019 start. These awards are open to UK/EU students, and the HGRG supports applications for the Human Geography, Urban and Environment Pathway. Applicants should follow the instructions provided here:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/ourresearchenvironment/prs/esrc/howtoapplyforaesrcphdstudentship/#d.en.556582

For more information, please get in touch with Prof Deborah Dixon (deborah.dixon@glasgow.ac.uk).

 

Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities Competition:

The Human Geography Research Group can select 1 one application to go forward for full consideration by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) panel.

Student applicants will need to complete and submit BOTH (i) a UoG PGR application and references AND (ii) an AHRC Scholarship Application Form by a deadline of Friday 14th December 2018.

Student applications can be in any area of Geography recognised by the AHRC (i.e. Cultural Geography, Historical Geography, History of Geography, Historical Geography of Science and Medicine, Arts and Health, Environmental Humanities, Medical Humanities, GeoHumanities).

For more information, please see http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/prospective/dtp/, and get in touch with Prof Hayden Lorimer (hayden.lorimer@glasgow.ac.uk).

 

Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust is funding 16 PhD scholarships across all universities within Scotland. The University of Glasgow has been allocated 7 nominations (out of 60 allowed in total across all Scottish HEIs). In additional to the University of Glasgow internal shortlisting process outlined below, potential applicants and their nominating supervisor should familiarise themselves with the formal application process that the Carnegie Trust will require  shortlisted candidates to complete and ensure that they have all the required additional documentation ready in good time - The Carnegie Trust application process.

 

Scholarship Financial Support:

  • a stipend payable for 36 months (currently £16,500 for 2018/19)
  • fees at home rate (the difference in fee rate for international students will be covered by the University)
  • up to £1000 towards certain research costs

 

Eligibility:

  • strong 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for the scholarship. Additionally the candidate should have an outstanding first class result for their dissertation or equivalent project (A1-A3). As a guide for students from the College of Science and Engineering we would be looking for a Honours GPA in the region of 21/22. For the Colleges of Arts, Social Science and MVLS we require a GPA of around 20. 
  • Final year students of a Scottish university who expect to achieve a strong 1st Class Honours degree are eligible for nomination but will be withdrawn from the competition is they do not achieve a strong First. 
  • Non-UK/EU domiciled students with a First-Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university are eligible to be nominated for a Scholarship, but the Trust will only cover the costs of equivalent home fees. The University is expected to waive the outstanding balance for overseas tuition fees. The prospective supervisor of an international student should verify with the relevant Graduate School that they are willing to waive additional fees.

 

University of Glasgow Shortlisting Process:

  • Applicants should complete the relevant GPA Calculator form based on their undergraduate results and save this using the file name "GPA Calculator - First name Surname".
  • Using the results from the GPA checker, please complete the The Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships University of Glasgow Shortlisting Application Form.
  • Nominating supervisors will be sent an automatic link to the application form in order to add their Statement of Support. This should be completed by 5.00pm, 1 February 2019.
  • The GPA Checker‌ should be combined with undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts in a single PDF document using the file name “Carnegie – Student First name Surname” and sent to pgr@glasgow.ac.uk by 5.00pm, 1 February 2019. Please only submit relevant pages from transcripts which detail courses taken and result .  

 

You will be notified if your nomination has been chosen to be forwarded to The Carnegie Trust. Successful nominations will require a Statement of Institutional Support form to be completed by their Head of School/Director of Research Institute where the research will be undertaken. This form will be forwarded to all successful potential supervisors along with instructions of how the application should be submitted to The Carnegie Trust. Shortlisted candidates will have until Thursday 28 February 2018 to complete their submission to the Carnegie Trust.

 

Please contact Rebekah.Derrett@glasgow.ac.uk for more information.


MSc by Research

Please see our Earth Systems Research for all current MSc by Research opportunities in

Please contact the named supervisor on your chosen project to discuss the proposed research before you apply.

Further details on how to apply for a research degree at the University of Glasgow are here


MSc by Research (Marine and Coastal Science projects)

There are many exciting opportunities for MScs by Research available in the School. Fee waivers (UK equivalent) may be available for suitably qualified candidates if the projects are Marine and Coastal research orientated. 

Currently available projects:

Ocean acidification analogues: CO2 venting variability and organismal adaptation

Supervisors: Drs Nick Kamenos (UofG), Tali Babila (U of California Santa Cruz), Noelle Lucey (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Ocean acidification (OA) is likely to detrimentally affect marine biodiversity and ecosystem function. Real-world contemporary studies are often conducted at marine CO2 vent representing analogues for future OA; these give us important information on the mechanistic responses of marine biota to changes in OA-induced carbonate chemistry. However, vent systems can be variable over time adding an extra dimension to organismal responses at vent sites. This research will assess venting variability at the Ischia vent system and determine its role as a driver of organismal responses to projected OA. The student will gain expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to analysing determining venting processes, with the potential opportunity to validate laboratory results at field vent sites.

 

Raising the dead: resilience of Black Corals revealed in their growth rates

Supervisors: Dr Nick Kamenos (UofG), Dr Marina Carreiro-Silva (University of the Azores).

Cold-water coral ecosystems are key biodiversity hotspots in the deep sea. Their structural complexity, created by the long-lived corals themselves, provides ecosystem services including essential fish habitat and carbon cycling. However, the three dimensions structures they create are extremely vulnerable to disturbance such as that caused by fishing; this alters their heterogeneity undermining the services they produce. A major step needed to quantify their resilience and protection requirements is to understand coral growth rates over the life of an individual and between individuals. This project will determine the growth rates of Azorean Black Corals (Leiopathes sp.) over their 2000 year-long life span along with their sensitivity to external disturbance. The student will gain expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to determining coral growth and sensitivity at annual to millennial time scales.

 

Spatiotemporal drivers of Atlantic environmental change during the last century

Supervisor: Dr Nick Kamenos (UofG), Prof. Trevor Hoey (UofG).

There is evidence of spatiotemporal differences in Atlantic environmental change over the last century. However at present we have a poor understanding of the drivers of such differences and the impacts the may have on marine productivity. This is because we do not have highly resolved spatiotemporal records of Atlantic variability over the last century. This project will determine spatiotemporal trends in the Atlantic marine environment over the last century using proxy-derived environmental reconstructions and the drivers of those trends. The student will gain expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to determining climatic variability and its drivers including assessing proxy-based reconstructions and modelling techniques. 

 

 

In the first instance contact Nick Kamenos to discuss proposed research projects before you apply.

Further details on how to apply for a research degree at the University of Glasgow are here


 

Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG)

PhD projects in the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG)

Solid Earth

  • Anthropogenic geodiversity – how can Scotland’s industrial waste legacy contribute to geodiversity and biodiversity? Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Alistair Jump (School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling)
  • How life and steel slag interact – physical, chemical and biological breakdown of slag and the implications for remediation. Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Alistair Jump (School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling)

Planetary science

Fingerprinting the carbon cycle

  • Anthropogenic geodiversity – how can Scotland’s industrial waste legacy contribute to geodiversity and biodiversity? Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Alistair Jump (School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling)
  • How life and steel slag interact – physical, chemical and biological breakdown of slag and the implications for remediation. Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Alistair Jump (School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling)

Quantitative Geomorphology

  • Speleothems in Scottish sea caves: A new tool for understanding the chronologies of climate change and isostatic rebound (MSc/PhD). Supervisors: Prof. Martin Lee, Dr Derek Fabel, Dr Cristina Persano and Dr John Faithfull

 


NERC Funded PhD Studentships IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership

IAPETUS is a NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership, and has 12 fully-funded postgraduate studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students in the 2018/2019 academic year.

Applications afor projects will be accepted from Nov 2017 and project details can be found here:

http://www.iapetus.ac.uk/category/institution/glasgow/

 

IAPETUS’ postgraduate studentships are tenable for between 3 and 4 years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying and provides the following package of financial support:

A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council’s national rate, which in 2016/17 was £14,296.
Full payment of their tuition fees at the Home/EU rate & access to extensive research support funding.
Part-time award-holders are funded for between six (6) and eight (8) years and receive a maintenance grant at 50% of the full-time rate.

Eligibility: All applicants need to meet NERC’s eligibility criteria to be considered for an IAPETUS studentship and these are detailed in NERC’s current studentship handbook. IAPETUS is only able to consider applications from Home/European Union candidates. International candidates are not eligible to be considered and where an candidate from another EU country has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS, they will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship.

IAPETUS is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:

A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or a related discipline; &
An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as evidenced through the publication of articles, participation in academic conferences and other similar activities.
How To Apply:

Prospective applicants are first asked to contact the project primary supervisor to discuss their fit to the project. Please do this as early as possible. The supervisor will advise whether the candidate should submit an on-line application to the University of Glasgow for graduate school entry.

Instructions on how to apply to the University of Glasgow can be found here: http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/scienceengineering/graduateschool/postgraduateresearchstudy/howtoapply/

Importantly, in addition to the materials requested by the University of Glasgow (application form, transcripts, CV, references), applicants should also include a cover letter, no longer than 2 pages of A4 in length, detailing your reasons for applying for a PhD and why you have selected your chosen IAPETUS doctoral research project.


 

Human Geography Research Group (HGRG)

Mining the Anthropocene: Interrogating Heritage and Nature at Scottish ‘Legacy Site’ Coalfields

Studentship Opportunity

Mining the Anthropocene: Interrogating Heritage and Nature at Scottish ‘Legacy Site’ Coalfields

Project: Coal played a key role in the Scottish Industrial Revolution, and has employed hundreds of thousands of people. Competition from abroad and new, cheaper energy sources led to spiralling closures at the end of the 20th century, with Scottish Coal, operator of the last six open cast mines in Scotland, entering liquidation in 2013. What remains are challenging ‘carboniferous legacy’ landscapes that are framed, in the midst of a ‘greening’ Scottish economy, as abandoned, toxic and exhausted, and responsibility for which cuts across sectors. This project draws together human geography, biogeography, and the participation of the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to interrogate the planned, and possible, futures of Scottish coalfields.

Supervisors: Prof Deborah Dixon (deborah.dixon@glasgow.ac.uk) and Prof Susan Waldron (susan.waldron@glasgow.ac.uk)

Applicants must have:

  • A good first degree (at least 2:1) in Geography or an equivalent science/arts and humanities/science subject (applicable for both 1+3 and +3 applicants)
  • A Masters degree with ESRC-approved research training (only applicable if applying for +3 funding)
  • A grounding in mixed research methods, with experience of these approaches.

Award Details: The scholarship is available as a +3 (PhD only) or a 1+3 (Masters plus PhD) depending on prior research training, and will commence in October 2019.  It includes:

  • An annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time);
  • Fees at the standard Home rate;
  • Students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year.

Application Details can be found here: https://www.sgsss.ac.uk/studentship/mining-the-anthropocene-interrogating-heritage-and-nature-at-scottish-legacy-site-coalfields/

Application Deadline: 05 April 2019


PhD Studentships - International labour migration and fair employment in the Scottish fishing industry (SGSSS funded)

PhD Studentship Opportunity - International labour migration and fair employment in the Scottish fishing industry

 

This collaborative PhD project between the University of Glasgow and Marine Scotland explores the dynamics of international labour migration in the Scottish fishing industry. The Scottish fisheries landscape has changed dramatically in the past two decades. The introduction of market-based management approaches to increase efficiency, profit and stock sustainability have had unintended consequences for the industry and people working in it. One significant consequence is the stratification of labour on fishing vessels connected to the shift from traditional `share based' payment systems, where crew are remunerated based on share of the catch, to a fixed wage arrangement predominantly paid to agency-contracted, migrant fishers (Cardwell, 2015; Jones et al., forthcoming). The UK exit from the European Union, and the overarching framework of the Common Fisheries Policy, requires fresh insight into these issues. In order to contribute to effectively managed and sustainable fisheries in Scotland, it is vital to understand the labour market dynamics of this industry which makes significant contributions to Scotland’s local economies, and what it means for fishers and wider coastal communities.

Almost a third of crew on Scottish fishing vessels are employed through agency contracts from outside the UK, with almost 20% coming from non-EEA countries (Marine Scotland, 2016). This project explores this developing trend through a detailed and systematic analysis of the dynamics of migrant labour on Scottish fishing vessels and what this means for the wellbeing of workers and the future of Scottish fisheries. A key component of the studentship will be working in collaboration with researchers from Marine Scotland to explore the legal, economic and social relationships surrounding the recruitment of migrant fishers, working conditions and cultures on fishing vessels, remuneration differentials among crew and the wider impacts of this growing trend on coastal communities. Understanding these dynamics makes an important global contribution to fisheries and environmental policy, and economic systems more widely, given the popularity of market-based management for fisheries and environmental governance.

 

Aims and Objectives

The core aim of the project is to understand the relationships between fisheries governance and international labour dynamics, identifying future policy directions that protect the wellbeing of both domestic and migrant labour on Scottish fishing vessels, and contribute to promoting healthy and sustainable fishery firms and coastal communities. The student will explore

  • The legal, economic and social relationships surrounding the recruitment and retainment of migrant fishers in the Scottish fishing industry
  • The relational dynamics between different actors on the vessel and in the firm (e.g. crew and skippers; agency and share-based fishers; on-shore and off-shore)
  • The perceptions, experiences and outcomes for migrant workers on Scottish fishing vessels regarding recruitment, working conditions, remuneration and rights
  • The perceptions of Scottish fishing communities on migrant labour in the fishing fleet

While this sets out the vision for the project the student will be encouraged to take ownership of how it runs in detail (conceptually, methodologically, collaboratively).

Impacts

The project will make clear impacts to academic and policy fields of international migration and fisheries governance.

  • Through a focus on the lived relationships and experiences of migrant fishers the project will advance interdisciplinary scholarship on the ‘geographies of the sea’ contributing to emergent scholarship on the ocean as a `social' and ‘territorialised' space 
  • By generating policy-relevant data on recruitment processes, migrant motivations, working conditions and remuneration as well as the broader implications for industry and coastal communities, the project will have significant impacts for the Scottish Government in an important growth area of Scotland's economy. This will have the potential to shape policy on migration management in fisheries and other maritime growth sectors and provide critical, independent reflection on transnational recruitment processes which will be vital for regulating and ensuring ethical employment in the sector.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • (If applying on a 1+3 basis) A good first degree (at least 2:1) in Geography, environmental studies/policy, anthropology or an equivalent social science subject
  • (If applying on a +3 basis) Have a Masters degree that meets ESRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training, or equivalent professional experience
  • Have a working knowledge of social-scientific research, through any disciplinary background, on matters of international migration, environmental policy and/or marine/coastal management
  • Have a good grounding in, and ideally experience of using, quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have prior experience of working collaboratively on projects related to environmental policy and/or marine or coastal management.

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

Award details

The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process.  The programme will commence in October 2019.  It includes:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time)
  • fees at the standard Home rate
  • students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year

Any other information

The project will be supervised by Dr Kate Botterill, Dr Emma Cardwell and Dr Cheryl McGeachen based in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences with complimentary expertise in international migration, fisheries governance, and the geographies of mental health. A significant proportion of the studentship will involve working directly with policy researchers and analysts based in Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government directorate responsible of managing Scotland’s seas. This includes a three-month internship in year 1 based at Marine Scotland’s Edinburgh office, with shorter placements throughout the course of the studentship where the student will gain experience in communicating with senior officials and preparing policy briefings. Supervisory input from a principal researcher at Marine Scotland Science will mean student will have access to Scottish Government training, including analysing Scottish databases, engaging with Scottish Parliament (FMQ and SPICE), understanding the Scottish approach and ethics of government research.

 

For more information about Marine Scotland see: https://www.gov.scot/about/how-government-is-run/directorates/marine-scotland/

 

For additional information and to express an interest in the project please contact Dr Kate Botterill (Katherine.botterill@glasgow.ac.uk).

 

How to apply

  1. Applicants check the ESRC eligibility criteria listed above and found here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx
  2. Applicants register on GradHub and fill out EO data (this is a requirement of the application process)
  3. Applicants complete and upload the prescribed list of required documentation to include
  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • An example of academic writing (approx. 2000-3000 words) - this should be uploaded in a standalone document with a naming convention as follows: candidate name, Supervisor: Kate Botterill, University of Glasgow, Collaborative Open Competition and date

 

Applicants submit application through GradHub https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk

 

Selection process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by April 15th. Dates for interview will be confirmed in due course.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the University of Glasgow.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

 

 


PhD Scholarship - Changing faces: social enterprise and geographies of appearance (SGSSS funded)

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) Funded PhD Scholarship

Title: Changing faces: social enterprise and geographies of appearance

Abstract

This collaborative PhD is based on a partnership between academics researching the geographies of (mental) health/disability and Remake Up (http://remakeup.org/), a social enterprise in Glasgow that uses profits to fund subsidised or free permanent make-up (paramedical tattooing) for those with disfigurement or critical illness experiences involving facial or other bodily change. This PhD research will explore the impact of social enterprise in the context of medical tatooing, directly addressing a pressing social issue for a vulnerable group in a wider society that tends to operate with a relatively narrow set of facial aesthetics. The results will be an impactful research record for charities, social enterprise and NHS services that provide aesthetic reconstructions.

The academic contribution of the PhD will address a research gap in the social sciences to consider the face and facial politics (after Edkins, 2015). There is almost a complete lack of such research in human geography, and this study will specifically address this lacuna. The project will contribute original and innovative data and research publications to contemporary scholarship on ‘geographies of the body’.

 

Objectives / research questions

This PhD seeks to understand the diverse geographies of people marked out by their perceived facial and bodily differences.  Its three specific objectives are:

1. To excavate the experience of disabling spatialities of facial disfigurement from the perspective of those with changed/changing faces.

2. To partner with a social enterprise, REMAKE UP, who provide paramedical tattooing, so as to understand the role of permanent cosmetics, together with a cosmetic aftercare service, in rebuilding social and spatial lives of disfigured or ill people.

3. To provide an impactful evidence base to both REMAKE UP and related National Health Services (NHS)about the social value and legacy of paramedical tattooing for those with changed/changing faces resulting from illness and disability.

The project will produce new findings relating to an under-researched social issue in ways that will be useful to organisations and individuals involved in the support of a highly vulnerable population.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • (If applying on a 1+3 basis) A good first degree (at least 2:1) in human geography or an equivalent social science/arts and humanities subject
  • (If applying on a +3 basis) Have a Masters degree that contains ESRC approved research training
  • Have a working knowledge of social-scientific research, through any disciplinary background, on matters of disability, chronic illness and bodily difference.
  • Have a good grounding in, and ideally experience of using, qualitative research methods (interviewing, ethnographies)

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

 

Award details

The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process.  The programme will commence in October 2019.  It includes

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time)
  • fees at the standard Home rate
  • students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year

 

Any other information

Additional information about the envisaged project can be sought from Professor Hester Parr (Hester.Parr@glasgow.ac.uk).  It should be underlined that, while there is indeed a clear vision for this project, the student will be encouraged to take ownership of how it runs in detail (conceptually, methodologically, collaboratively).

 

How to apply

  1. Check the ESRC eligibility checker: https://glasgow.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supervisor-led-awards-esrc-award-eligibility-checker-201
  2. Applicants register on GradHub and fill out EO data (this is a requirement of the application process).
  3. Applicants complete and upload the prescribed list of required documentation to include:
  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • An example of academic writing (an essay, review etc) - this should be uploaded in a standalone document with a naming convention as follows: candidate name, Supervisor: Hester Parr, University of Glasgow, Collaborative Open Competition and date

Applicants submit application through GradHub - https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk

 

Selection process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by April 15th 2018. Interviews will take place on TBC

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the University of Glasgow. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

 

 


Summary of staff research areas in Human Geography

Deborah Dixon: Feminist Geopolitics; Monstrous Geographies; Art/Science Collaborations; Aesthetic Geographies. Deborah’s research work is primarily concerned with the interplay between poststructuralist and feminist materialist theories, as manifest in the biographies of various ‘monstrous’ forms, from Enlightenment beasts in the French countryside to the channelling forms of spiritual mediums, as well as the fleshy medium of Bioart, and the labouring bodies of migrant workers.

Dave Featherstone: Geographies of solidarity; Political Cultures of Internationalism; Historical Geographies of Labour and Resistance; Translocal social and political movements; Political Song (in association with the Janey Buchan Political Song Archive at Glasgow University); Climate Justice; Political Articulations of the Crisis. Dave's research is based at the intersections of political and historical geography. He has core research interests on the relations between space, politics and resistance/ subaltern contestation. He is keen to work with students who are developing a direct political engagement through their research in various ways.

Hayden Lorimer: historical-cultural geographies of landscape; animal geographies and more-than-human geographies; environmental change and writing cultures; histories of geographical knowledge; experimental methodologies and geographies; geographies of the senses / sensuous geographies; regional writing and topographic cultures; questions of Scottish 'cultural heritage.'

Cheryl Mcgeaghan: Cheryl's ongoing research interests concern historical and cultural geographies of mental ill-health and asylum spaces, history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, histories of science, life-writing and biography, and psychotherapeutic practices such as art therapy. Methodologically, I am interested in critically investigating the practices of the ‘archive’ and using visual methods to capture situated memories.

Simon Naylor: Historical geographies of science, technology and exploration; Historical and cultural geographies of weather and climate. Simon's research investigates the historical geographies of the natural sciences, including botany, zoology, geology, antiquarianism, geography, meteorology, geophysics, and terrestrial magnetism, as well as economic and social survey. He is interested in the significance of specific places and settings for the development of scientific ideas, practices or techniques and in the relevance of particular spatial units - landscape, region, or nation for instance - for the conduct of science.

Hester Parr: Emotional and embodied geographies; Mental health and illness; Arts and Health; Experimental methodololgies; Ethnographies of everyday life; Creative writing. Hester is interested in geographies of emotions, embodiment and creativity with respect to health and well-being. Her research expertise includes 20 years of work on social and cultural geographies of mental health and illness. Hester has interests and experience in working via overt and covert ethnographies, collaborative film-making, focus groups, interviews-on-the-move, internet surveys and email-based research relationships, telephone interviewing and co-writing, participatory research relationships.

Chris Philo: Historical geography of mental health subjects (asylums, doctors, patients, 'illnesses'); Contemporary health geographies of different kinds of chronic conditions; Geographies of children and childhoods, with particular reference to the neglected fields of very young children; Episodes and people in the history of geographical inquiry; Philosophical and social-theoretical engagements with matters of geography, space and location.

Jo Sharp: Subaltern Geopolitics; Feminist Geopolitics; Social Ecologies of Zoonoses. Jo's research seeks to reconstruct an alternative vision of the current “war on terror” from the point of view of a continent which is usually rendered silent in various geopolitical visions, or little more than a “site of violence and disorder” and thus always offering the possibility of threat to security. She is also working on zoonotic transmission patterns among animal hosts, which are responsible for transmission to humans, and the key socio-economic and behavioural determinants of human disease risk in different agro-ecological settings.

Ian Shaw: Political geography; Political philosophy; More-than-human geographies. Ian is interested in the geopolitical transformations associated with the rise of drones in U.S. national security strategy and beyond. In particular, his approach emphasises why the drone is a political actor - a technology that is slowly but definitively changing social, territorial, and sovereign relations. The point of such work is to fully understand the objects and materials that are responsible for producing inequality, difference, and change in the world.

Lazaros Karaliotas: Urban geography; Political philosophy; Urban uprisings and movements; Urban commons; Geographies of populism; Urban governance and politics, with particular reference to urban infrastructures; Geographies of neoliberalization and austerity; Geographies of post-democratization; Urban political ecology, with particular reference to the politics of urban sustainability, climate change, and the Anthropocene. Lazaros’ research explores the intersections between the urban and the political. He is interested in the role of cities in process of de-politicization and re-politicization and in the relations between cities, nature and politics.

Emma Laurie: Politics of Health; Emotional Geographies; Feminist Geopolitics; Postcolonialism and Development; Geographies of Violence and Peace; Health Systems Strengthening; Human Rights. Emma's research is concerned with the politics of health, especially in low-income settings, framed by a human rights perspective, driving forward more capacious understandings of violence. Emma is involved in interdisciplinary projects on zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance in Tanzania, and is keen to develop interdisciplinary PhD projects in these areas.